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On the night the World Champion Golden State Warriors get their rings, Steph Curry puts up 40.
Before we get into the notes with Inside the NBA quotes, I want you all to really pay attention to Andre Drummond in Detroit this season. His 18 points and 19 rebounds last night were just ferocious. The Detroit Pistons out-rebounded the Atlanta Hawks 59-40, and seeing that total, that plus 19 was what Drummond pulled down himself. Just think of a bigger Ben Wallace with a lot more offensive potential. The 3-year pro will make a lot of writers across the land use ferocious in many of their Pistons game recaps simply because what other word fits the NBA juggernaut? Raw is overused, and do not be surprised if Drummond doesn’t crash All Star Weekend in February. As far as the Pistons themselves, I think they will surprise as well if last night’s stellar play is any indicator.
(Photo: Jennifer S. Altman/Washington Post)
If I were an NBA athlete, the following would be my love letter to you Michele.
Where have you been our love? Where has been this fire so strong of thee? Where has been this commitment that we’ve needed to represent such a purposefully muted voice? A voice of us knowing fully what it is to be shunned, criminalized, sexualized, objectified, bamboozled and run amok? We’ve been together for a year now, and we’d like to congratulate you on your success over that time. As the first Black woman (let alone woman in general) to lead any major sport player union, we need your love; we need your strength; we most definitely need your courage to galvanize our ranks, and take us into the next era where our beloved soul rock soul will be seen on more TV’s across the world.
Finals repeat? We’ll see. NBA TV’s schedule follows TNT’s below.
TNT Tips Off 2015-16 NBA Regular Season with Marquee Opening Night Doubleheader – NBA Champion Golden State & Kia NBA MVP Stephen Curry vs. New Orleans & All-Star Anthony Davis; Cleveland & LeBron James Visiting Chicago & Derrick Rose. TNT’s 53-Game Schedule to Showcase NBA’s Biggest Stars Multiple Appearances by League’s Top Teams. Network to Present Blockbuster MLK, Jr. Day Primetime Doubleheader – NBA Finals Rematch Featuring Golden State vs. Cleveland; Los Angeles Clippers & Blake Griffin vs. Houston & James Harden.
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…
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.
2015 NBA All-Star Reserves Exclusively Announced on TNT
“Neither one of us made it? Bro…this is some bullllllllllllllllllllsheeeeeeeeeit.”
Both cats are playing at the top of the league at their respective positions and deserve starting slots quite honestly. Boogie is as misunderstood as any and much smarter than most think. This is the second straight year Cousins was snubbed. I covered the ’10 draft and in a Marshawn Lynch kinda way, some in the media just won’t support his efforts as a center in the NBA. All the things many have said of Kevin Love (before this season), should have been said of Cousins as he entered the league. I’ll never forget telling Sixers brass, that he should have been the pick over Evan Turner, but that’s just me talking right? Ha.
DeMarcus’ snubbing reminds of Josh Smith missing out a few times while he was in Atlanta.
Cousins averages this year: 23.8 points a game, 12.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 steals in just 33.8 minutes a game.
Lilliaard: 20.3 points/6 dimes/4 boards.
Same thing with Lillard. Dude is a straight monster and match-up hell for any player in the league every night out. Surely, the 24 year old guard will take it out on the rest of the league in the 2nd half…as will Cousins.
2015 NBA All-Star Starters Exclusively Announced on TNT.
Oh, that was shameless plug? My bad, the game is in MSG, but events will also be held at the Barclays Center, so yeah, it’s Roy Ayers all day.
Ah, a reason to push aside the foolishness of #DeflateGate. On that, I have but one comment:
On Monday, the second major trade of the season occurred in the NBA. The three-team deal included Dion Waiters heading to the Oklahoma City Thunder, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert (as well as a first round pick from OKC) heading to the Cleveland Cavaliers for essentially Lance Thomas and cap space to heading to the New York Knicks.
Notes from NBA on TNT Coverage – Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014: Gay, Cousins lead Kings rout of Rose-less BullsPosted in Blogroll on November 21st, 2014 by Michael Tillery
Behind Cousins and Gay, Sacramento is looking like a playoff team early…
I’m so glad DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay are shutting up the critics. Word to them…
TNT’s NBA coverage will continue Thursday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. ET with a doubleheader featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers @ New York Knicks followed by the New Orleans Pelicans @ Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m.
TNT Notes: Knicks wear out their welcome and dispose of Cavs in LeBron James’ return to Cleveland 95-90Posted in Blogroll on October 31st, 2014 by Michael Tillery
The Knicks disposed of the Cavs last night, but best believe Cleveland is happy nevertheless…
New York spoiled The Kings’s return, but good days are ahead in Cleveland despite a 95-90 opening game loss to the Knicks.