Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Game 6 - 40 Years in the Making

The Golden State Warriors won their first championship in 40 years with a 105-97 win on the road. Andre Iguodala, who won the Finals MVP award despite only starting half of the games in the series, scored 25 points and Draymond Green added a triple double. League MVP Stephen Curry added 25 points including a superb fourth quarter, which sparked Golden State to grab an insurmountable lead.

Cleveland got off to a fast start, but Golden State stormed back. By the end of the first, the Warriors held a 13 point lead. The Cavs turned the ball over too much. Cleveland had a big advantage getting to the line, but struggled to make them once there.

Cleveland got another terrific from Tristan Thompson who had 15 points and 13 rebounds. Timofey Mozgov got a lot more playing time than he did in Game 5 and took advantage. He had 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks. J.R. Smith added 19 points on 33% shooting.

LeBron was his usual incredible self. He scored 32 points and secured 18 rebounds. He added 9 assists. James averaged 35.8 ppg, 13.3 rpg, and 8.8 apg for the NBA Finals. Though the Cavs won only two games, it's hard to argue against LeBron being the most valuable player of the Finals.

Cleveland, down 15 in the fourth quarter, valiantly stormed back late in the game. The fouled shrewdly and began to make shots. At one point, the lead was cut to four. But that was as close as Cleveland came. The Cavs season must be judged a success. Wallowing at 19-20 nearly halfway through the season, smart trades and adjustment by certain players helps catapult the Cavs into the 2 seed int he East. Despite an injury to Kevin Love, Cleveland kept winning. But when Kyrie Irving fractured his kneecap, all hope seemed loss. And still, the Cavs even managed to take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals against the best team in the league.

Golden State should be remembered as a team for the ages. Their two guards are not only the best backcourt tandem in the NBA, but both are top players in the league. Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut filled their roles to perfection. Harrison Barnes added athleticism. The Warriors' bench was something from a video game. Steve Kerr always seemed to be in control and have the right perspective. The Warriors won 67 games. Their stars not only had tremendous talent, but they were as deep as team in recent NBA history.

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