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The long awaited NBA season began October 17th. It started with a historic playoff run by the 2017 Golden State Warriors after a drama filled off-season, including shocking trades between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. The off-season also featured copious amounts of trash talking by LaVar Ball for his son Lonzo Ball, who has yet to play a second in the NBA. Fans experienced a seamless transition into the season with this summer’s commotion in the league.

“With the frequent important moves by teams over summer, the NBA season really never ended,” says sophomore Daniel Kisler.

After the third consecutive final match-up of the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA fans began craving change. Fans were then ecstatic when, during the off-season, Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers’ starting all-star point guard, and the Utah Jazz’s Team USA Gordon Hayward were acquired by the Boston Celtics. This means that the Eastern Conference of the NBA would finally have some balance, giving Cleveland serious competition. This was all changed abruptly last Tuesday night when, in the Quicken Loans Arena, the Celtics’ Gordon Hayward dislocated and broke his left ankle, ending his season and resulting in an 0-1 start. Fans all around the league were stunned by the realization that this year might be the same old finals run with the dominant Golden State and Cavaliers. While some fans are still hopeful, many have come to terms with the most probable outcome of this season.

“I would give Celtics the #5 seed, especially without Hayward,” says senior Tyler Bruce.

On the other side of the country, in the Western Conference, the reigning NBA champions of Golden State faced the Houston Rockets on the road. The Houston Rockets had a similar off-season as the Celtics, as they added the dime dropping guard Chris Paul to compliment James Harden’s dominant offensive playing style. In contrast to the Celtics’ nightmarish start to the season, the Rockets actually narrowly defeated the daunting Warriors by a buzzer beater. This took the league by shock; however, fans are still very unconvinced of any shift in the league in terms of who will be on top.

“It’s still going to be Golden State. When your roster is stacked the way this team is, a loss doesn’t matter as much,” says senior Ethan Andrews.

The main take-away for fans is to relish the unusual and interesting season beginning to transpire. It has been 5 years since we have seen Golden State’s winning percentage been so low, despite only being several games into the season. The free agency has further distributed all-stars throughout the league, so this new season should truly give hope to spectators, especially when there are 82 games to prove oneself.

“I think all teams have a chance this year. Some more than others, but Paul George being paired with Westbrook can shake up the West, and the Washington Wizards still aren’t out yet for the East,” says junior Carrington Williams.

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