Tonight, Ashley Wells and I recorded a special NBA Draft Lottery preview. We went through the picks from the Minnesota Timberwolves at 1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder at 14. Listen and enjoy. Good comments will mean more of these in the future.
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All respect due…
Had a convo last night with some good folk about the NBA Finals. Naj Grant, Nina Morena, Okori Wadsworth and I talked pretty much about everything NBA following the Warriors coronation last night. Check it after the jump.
In Game 6, Behind Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, Golden State Wins the NBA Championship over LeBron James and Cleveland, 105-97Posted in Blogroll on June 17th, 2015 by Michael Tillery
The last time the Warriors won the chip neither of these cats were born.
The Golden State Warriors complete a dream season by disposing of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Andre Iguodala, who had 25 points, 5 rips and 5 assists, became the first Finals MVP with 0 regular season starts. The Warriors, founded in Philadelphia in 1946, claims it’s 4th NBA title (1946, 1957, 1975 and 2015) and the first in 40 years. Steve Kerr became the 1st rookie head coach to win a title since Pat Riley did the same in 1982. The 67-15 Dubs went 16-5 during the playoffs, and ended the year with the 3rd most wins in NBA history behind the ’95-’96 and ’96-’97 Chicago Bulls — two teams that Steve Kerr made big shots for whenever Michael Jordan found himself doubled. LeBron had 32 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the Cavs, but it just wasn’t enough, and Cleveland remains in search of its first title of any kind since 1964. Steph Curry, who had 25 points to match Iguodala, also had 8 dimes, 6 boards and 3 steals.
Oakland rejoices for the first time since 1975 when Rick Barry shot free throws like Riley Curry would.
That ain’t no diss…
LeBron James continued his all out attack on sports history with another monster game in these NBA Playoffs. In Game 3, the Cleveland Cavaliers won their first ever Finals home game, 96-91 over the Golden State Warriors. The Cavaliers now lead the best of seven series 2-1, with Game 4 tipping Thursday at 9 pm eastern, also in Cleveland. James had an otherworldly 40 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks. Matthew Dellavedova scored an unexpected 20, and his gritty play in support of LeBron’s do everything consistency defensively and otherwise, helped the Cavs hold on after yet another double digit comeback by the Warriors — their third in as many games. Steph Curry scored 27 on 10-20 shooting, had 6 assists and 6 boards to lead Golden State, but that was after shaking off a bad first half from the field. Andre Iguodala has 15, 5 and 5, and Klay Thompson had 14 (not enough splash though), but it was good to see Curry shed his shooting woes and get back to his MVP self. He’s the best shooter I’ve ever seen, but the Dubs as a team have to shoot better. They’ve jacked up 69 threes the last two games and have only hit 20 of those attempts. Most of those came in last night’s torrid comeback, but that’s what they do. The Cavs actually shot better in all three facets than the W’s last night with LeBron shooting the same number of attempts as GS (He was 10-12, Golden State was 7-12). Scary is the thought that LeBron can actually have more efficient games shooting the rock, but the pressure he puts on Golden State’s D every time down obviously is having a cumulative effect. Steve Kerr has to make some heady adjustments if the Warriors are to win this series. Tristan Thompson is making himself a lot of money. and contributed 10 points and 13 boards; J.R. Smith had 10 points. Dellavedova was hospitalized with cramps, and Iman Shumpert has a bruised shoulder, so that may or may not become an issue in Game 4. Harrison Barnes cannot go scoreless like he did last night; look for David Lee’s minutes to increase. He had 11 points in a little over 13 minutes, and the Warriors also need his interior passing. I didn’t cover the game last night, but being in that building for 25 games or so, you can best believe as loud as it was last night, the Q will be even louder for Game 4. They can taste a 51 year old selection, and are intoxicated in its worth.
Some commentary below…
Jerold Wells Jr., and Michael Tillery Recap Game 2 and Preview Game 3; Robert Horry and Rudy Tomjanovich Talk NBA TV’s Clutch CityPosted in Blogroll on June 9th, 2015 by Michael Tillery
Talked to Rudy Tomjanovich and Robert Horry about their time in Houston re: NBA TV’s Clutch City, and added it to the convo Jerold Wells Jr. and I had of the NBA Finals. Dig it below. Thanks for tuning in.
Some cats dream of moments so hard that when the moment happens, they become them. Andre Iguodala was always the glue guy here in Philly. He was a player I didn’t want the Sixers to get rid of regardless of what fans and media said. He just needed a more balanced team. He was never afforded that chance, and you know what they say about one man’s trash. Now that he’s on the big stage, Dre came through like the champ he is. Anthony Gilbert and I have covered some great battles between Dre and LeBron and it always seemed like Iguodala got up big for the best player on the planet. He’s athletic and strong enough to stay in front of James and never gives up on the play especially when he knows LeBron is hot. He has everything physically to be a great defender, and last night, when checking the King in big moments, he worked like it was his last ever game. His 15 points led a great Golden State bench effort, and in overtime, the Warriors outscored the Cavs 10-2, to take Game 1 of the NBA Finals 108-100.
What do you see in this pic? Something genuinely family or otherwise?
In an age where LeBron James is unfavorably compared to the arguable GOAT Michael Jordan at every turn exclusive of sharing the same number, what James has accomplished in his much scrutinized 12 NBA years is as incredible as any athletic feat imaginable. Appearing in his 5th straight Finals and 6th overall during that span will be what most attach their emotions to in these social media debatable days, but what is more remarkable about LeBron James, sports first social media superstar, is his ability to lead with the coolest of demeanor amidst a white hot world microscope. After he left Miami with 2 NBA titles in 4 tries, you’d think the criticism would fall silent, but even as Cleveland sits precipitously above the unyielding abyss, many still doubt LeBron’s preternatural ability to stare into the logic drowning flames decidedly below, and potentially claim a title 51 years lost to the melancholy depths of Lake Erie dystopianism.
Two teams want it. Only one can have it.
This is the match-up we all wanted. The Golden State Warriors, a 67-win juggernaut are led by the reigning MVP Steph Curry and loaded with talent pretty much up and down the roster will go against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers — who are built in the image, and to the exact specifications, of their star. But that’s just the surface story. For a match-up as good, and as fun, as this is going to be going a bit deeper is necessary. In order to do that, we have to get past our preconceived notions of what we think we know. Here are three things that I think I know about the NBA finals.
It will take a warrior effort to stop LeBron James.
The 2015 NBA Finals will create a legendary moment for a title starved city no matter who wins. Can Golden State win a title for first time in 40 years, secured by the regular season most valuable player, or will Akron’s favorite son do the same for Cleveland, Ohio? Cleveland has not won a title in any sport since Jim Brown led the Browns to the NFL Championship in 1964.