Game 7. According to LeBron James, they are the “Best two words ever.”
It’s now fair to assume that even Lebron would agree that having he words ‘Cleveland’, and ‘NBA Champions’ next to each other might be even better.
The stage was set.
Dub Nation was out in force anticipating that their Golden State Warriors would wrap up another NBA Championship in Game 5, but someone forgot to tell the Cleveland Cavaliers how things were supposed to end. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving lived up to their superstar tags and kept the champagne on ice — for at least one more game.
When it comes to Matthew Dellavedova, NBA fans are in one of two frames of mind – they love him, or hate him, and there’s no middle ground. Contrary to what you may believe, Delly has a lot of supporters in the bay area. Well, let’s just say, there’s more people who respect him for his toughness and being relentless on the defensive end of the floor.
The last time there was a Game 7 in the Western Conference Finals, it was 2002 and Kobe and Shaq’s Lakers were lining up against Chris Webber and his Kings. Fast forward to 2016, and NBA fans have witnessed one of the greatest series ever. This was a franchise changing series for both teams, and it had everything from superstar performances to controversy and dramas, not to mention some of the best basketball we have seen all season.
That’s the only way to describe the attitude of the Golden State Warriors as they headed into a must-win Game 5 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. A disappointing performance on the road in Oklahoma resulted in some heavy losses, and for the first time in twelve months, it appeared that the seemingly unbeatable Warriors wouldn’t even make it back to the Finals to try defend their crown. Setting NBA records during the regular season counts for nothing unless you end the season with a ring on your finger, and the Warriors know that.
A conference finals series between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder could only be exciting. Each team possesses two of the best shooters in the game, and even though that’s where the majority of the points are coming from on both ends of the floor, it’s the battle of the big men that has allowed the Thunder to rattle the defending champions early in the series.
Wednesday night was the fifth game of the series between the Blazers and the Warriors in the battle to reach the Western Conference Finals, but you wouldn’t have known it by looking at this upstart Portland team. The stern focus and grit visible in the faces of their young players seemed to fade away as they were all smiles in their pregame warmups.
When the NBA season kicked off, almost every expert had Portland listed as a lottery team and struggling to win games. It’s now the second round of the playoffs, and the Blazers are taking on the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
This season the NBA world has been mesmerized with the Golden State Warriors, and rightfully so. They have been smashing records that we never thought would be broken, and have redefined the way the game has been played with their explosive offense. With all eyes on the Dubs, the San Antonio Spurs have been quietly going about their business and are right there in the Warriors’ shadow, waiting for their chance to pounce.