This was an incredible season for the Golden State Warriors. They were the best team from the first game of the regular season to game 6 of the NBA Finals. Despite playing the undisputed (and self proclaimed) best player in basketball, the better team won. Most people will not remember that LeBron James was without both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, they will remember that he is 2-4 in the NBA Finals.
This isn’t about James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, this is about Steve Kerr and his “Dubs”. Kerr is a rookie head coach, he becomes only the second rookie coach to win a championship. The first is Pat Riley with the LA Lakers in 1982. Kerr came in after an unpopular firing of Mark Jackson and never being a head coach to a team that had so much talent. He turned down the New York Knicks job to the dismay of his former coach Phil Jackson (Chicago Bulls) and having to change the identity of a team that was close to winning. Apparently, whatever Kerr was selling everyone bought especially Andre Iguodala, who for 11 years had been a starter and was asked to come off the bench. That couldn’t have been easy for a former all star. He would end up being Finals MVP.
Stephen Curry would become a bona fide star this year. After ankle problems and all star snubs, Curry had an amazing season. NBAMVP, shoe deal, new baby, and on the best team in basketball; talk about Laws of Attraction. His back court running mate Klay Thompson, another son of a former player and 3 point sharp shooter, (Curry and Thompson went head to head in the 3 point contest at the All Star game) would get the coined the Splash Brothers. They would entertain the league and make it all the way through the Western Conference, the toughest in basketball.
Game 6 would find the Warriors tentative as the game began, perhaps they were tight thinking about being 48 minutes away from theLarry O’Brien Championship Trophy. It took about the 7 minute mark for them to begin to look like themselves. The Cavs were sloppy with turnovers (9 in the 1st) and only 4 points from his majesty. The first frame would end with the Dubs up 28-15 and 11 assists.
The second frame would see James and the Cavs get ALL the calls and they played much better. They outscored the Warriors by 11 points in the quarter cutting the lead to 2. Timofey Mozgov and Tristan Thompson with some spotty help from James would be the reason.
The third quarter came with the Warriors looking to run, but the Cavs had the lead at 10:54. That’s when the depth showed again.Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes would have none of that. When Kerr would need some big man play he went to Festus Ezeli notAndrew Bogut. This was just another chess move that showed David Blatt was outwitted. With no help from JR Smith, Iman Shumpertand Matthew Dellavedova, things looked bleak as without Thompson (4 fouls and only 2 points) the Warriors built a 15 point lead. James looked exhausted and I began to write a coronation for Iggy and the Dubs.
The reason was, as the 4 quarter began I knew that history and math were on the Warriors side. No losses when up by 15 in the fourth, and no losses when up by 12+ as they were in the 1st quarter. So with both those things in effect I began to relax, and apparently so did the Warriors. Even though Delly would only give them 1 point, JR Smith gave the Cleveland faithful hope as he put up 15! The refs again tried to help the Cavs by suddenly every call going to them. The Cavs would suddenly come back to life after looking like they had quit and most of their fans left the arena. Frenzied play would get them within 6 points with under a minute to go as Smith turned into Vinnie Johnson and got hot from 3!
We already know though from the title that it was not to be. Curry who had been the best free throw shooter at 91% would secure a win for the Bay Area Faithful! This would be the first NBA Championship for the Warriors in 40 years and 1 day. Igggy would be MVP despite not starting 1 regular season game, and only 3 this series. He is the 3rd lowest scoring finals MVP. Curry and Iguodala would be just the second duo to have one player win the regular season be MVP and another be finals MVP. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson are the only other duo.
There will be plenty of time to talk about James who did get 4 of the 11 votes for MVP of the Finals. Tonight is about a celebration and the end of misery for a loyal fan base and of course they have bandwagon fans too. So congratulations to the Bay Area and the Golden State Warriors, you truly are now Golden. (Any bets on Drake being at the parade on Friday?) Oh, and Marsha Ambrosius was at the game. Hey Boo!
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About TK: Terrence Kyrell Hodge I was born 9/13/79, in what was then W. Berlin Germany, to Qualise and Lieutenant Tyrone Hodge of the United States Marine Corps. He lived in London England and graduated from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2000 with BA in English and Political Science. Terrence writes about any and everything. Terrence is planning a series of novels that are works of “faction” part factual (nonfiction) and partly fictional. He plans to bring a dual vision of American and European observation and opinions to PMA. He will bring blunt honesty with a sense of comedy. He says “I will write wherever I’m needed as I am NOT a one trick pony.