NBA Finals: Curry With The Pot
The 2015 NBA Finals has been nothing short of entertaining, and now that the Warriors are 1 game away from being crowned World champs, I expect a great ending to the Finals.
Warriors win game 5, 104-91, thanks to a takeover performance by Steph "Chef" Curry. I'm not a Drake fan, but I have to admit he came up with one of the best lines for a athlete in recent memory. After his terrible Game 2 performance, where everyone thought Matt Dellevadova was the "Curry stopper", Steph has played at his MVP level. Game 5 he had his best performance of the series, dropping 37 points, shooting 7-13 from the behind arc. For all of you that thought Delly was the Curry Stopper, just know you were wrong. We've seen Curry take crazy shots from behind the arc all season, but tonight he seemed un-real. With the Finals coming to an end, the Finals MVP discussion has come up, depending on what happens in game 6, Curry gets my vote.
Luckily for Curry, his supporting cast was also on point Sunday night. Iggy came up with 14 points, 8 boards, 7 dimes, and 3 steals. Harrison Barnes did a great job finishing at the rim, catching LeBron slipping on putback dunk, also dunking on Timofey Mozgov and Tristan Thompson, both AND-1s. Draymond Green provided the energy the Warriors needed, dropping 16 points and 9 boards, and Leanardo Barbosa provided 13 points off the bench going 4-5 from the field. The Warriors depth has been a catalyst for them all season but today 3 of the 5 starters (Curry, Iggy, Thompson) played 40+ minutes.
The Cavs missed on an opportunity to really put the pressure on the Warriors by stealing one in the Oracle but a lousy team performance kept them from going up 3-2 heading back to Cleveland. Looking at the boxscore, you would think LeBron was by himself out there and essentially he was. The only reason why I say that is because he was the only one that was aggressive all game. JR Smith had a good first half but disappeared in the second going 5-15 from the field. Tristan Thompson provided some big minutes, dropping 19 points and 10 boards (5 offensive) but his post partner in crime, Timofey Mozgov, didn't score a point, playing only 9 minutes.
LeBron had another stellar performance, dropping 40 points, 14 boards, and 11 dimes, his second triple-double of the series. Of course everyone will say LeBron has no help but I think you have to blame that on David Blatt. Blatt only used a 8 man rotation, never once putting Shawn Marion in the game, who has Finals experience. Plus I think you can make an argument that LeBron dominated the ball too much, which he has to at this point. It's hard to say someone doesn't have help when he has 11 assist, while the rest of the team combines for 6. To me that is a sign of one player controlling the rock.
If Steph Curry can continue his hot streak, I truly believes he should get the Bill Russell Award. Iggy is deserving for his efforts guarding LeBron, making it tough for him, but Bronny still averages 37 for the series. LeBron is also in consideration for Finals MVP, even if they lose the series, but he is shooting 39% for the series which is awful for a player like him, who usually shoots well above 50%.
With next game being an elimination game, it will be interesting to see if the Warriors can close out in Cleveland. We've seen LeBron be down 3-2 before but the difference is, there is no Chris Bosh to grab an offensive rebound or Ray Allen to hit a game tying 3-pointer. He will have to, once again, ball out of his mind guide his team to victory.