Golden State Warriors 2015 NBA Champions

In a hard-fought six-game series, the Golden State Warriors took down the Cleveland Cavaliers.

For the 1st time ever the 1st two games of the NBA Finals went into overtime.

For the 1st time since the very first Finals in 1947, as the Basketball Association of America, a rookie NBA head coach wins it all (though that was going to be the case no matter which team won).

For the 1st time since 1975 the Warriors can call themselves the NBA Champions.

For the 1st time since 1991 a team won the Finals without any players ever having played in a Finals game.

For the 1st time since 1999 one of the two Finals teams was not named the Spurs, Lakers or Heat nor had players named Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant or Dwyane Wade.

For the 1st time since 2000 a player, Steph Curry, won his 1st NBA MVP and his 1st NBA Finals in the same year.

Curry is the 1st player to ever face and defeat all four members of the All-NBA First team, one in each of the match-ups through the Finals (Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol, James Harden, LeBron James).

2015 NBA Finals - Game Six
Bill Russell and Andre Iguodala (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

Andre Iguodala became the 1st NBA Finals MVP who did not start every game in the series, being inserted as a starter at Game Four. He averaged 16.3 points, 4 assists, 5.8 rebounds and held James to 38% shooting when guarding him.

Some of the games were not the greatest to watch at times but there was spectacle to be had, such as the Cavs being able to initially contain the league MVP Steph Curry or watching LeBron James’ monster output (where he led both teams in total points, rebounds and assists averaging 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds, 8.8 assists).

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Scramble for the loose ball (AFP Photo/Timothy A. Clary)

There were nights of individual great performances from many players, too many to list. Suffice it to say after Game 3 it looked to be anybody’s series. However, in the end, the talent and depth of the Dubs was just too much for the Cavs to overcome, especially with their role players, trying to fill in for injured Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, running sometimes hot but mostly cold throughout the six games.

Game 1 Cavaliers 100 Warriors 108 (OT)
Game 2 Cavaliers 95 Warriors 93 (OT)
Game 3 Warriors 91 Cavaliers 96
Game 4 Warriors 103 Cavaliers 82
Game 5 Cavaliers 91 Warriors 104
Game 6 Warriors 105 Cavaliers 97

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Golden State Warriors Celebrate Finals Trophy (NBA.com)

A very well fought series and well deserved championship for the Warriors. Congratulations!

Over For Now.

Main Street One

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade – Max Alley Oop

As LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, along with the rest of the Miami Heat, continue their quest for a Repeat NBA Championship, as well as the possibility of surpassing the 41 year old longest winning streak (currently held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers squad), it seems an appropriate time to view what may be the best compilation of the Classic Alley Oop play by this seemingly unstoppable duo.

Sit back and enjoy eight minutes of spectacular performances by LBJ and DWade, from monster lob dunks to full-court pass-to-the-backboard assists.

Anyone who is into balling has got to appreciate these sports minutes.


Over For Now.

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Glad Dwyane Wade Clarified Olympic Pay Statement

When it was first reported that Miami Heat All Star Dwyane Wade stated that Olympic hoopsters “should be compensated” for their time there was something that did not sit exactly right.

Ray Allen, all-time 3-point champion of the Boston Celtics and former Olympian (2000), was the first to say it, in an interview with FoxSports, a day earlier.

The basic argument, reported at the time, was that it takes a lot of time and energy away from everything else in one’s life, and that the product companies make money selling more gear. D-Wade said, “It’s a lot of things you do for the Olympics — a lot of jerseys you sell.”

The point about products is interesting, especially in light of the fact that the US Olympic hoopsters are pros and many, if not all of them, earn endorsement money, be it from specific basketball related items (like Nike shoes) or hawking burgers or insurance.

One of the reasons a company chooses to pay athletes to endorse their product or service is due to the high profile.

Jesse D. Garrabrant / 2008 NBAE

Thus, when a pro baller goes to the Olympics, regardless of his current visibility status, that profile will always go up even more, especially with a Gold Medal.  A higher profile will then mean, in many cases, more endorsements, new endorsements, other ways that money finds its way into the pockets of the pro.

And, earnings for those pros endorsing products generally far outweighs their hefty NBA salary.

Thus, it is good D-Wade sort of back-stepped. He did not outright reverse.  He just said “he” doesn’t need to get paid to participate in the 2012 Olympics.

His clarification: “BUT my love 4 the game & pride 4 USA motivates me more than any $$$ amount. I repped my country in 2004 when we won the bronze medal and stood proudly to receive our gold medal in 2008 in Beijing. It’s always been an honor for me to be a part of the USA Olympic family…and I’m looking forward to doing it again in London this summer.”

And, we do look forward to Dwyane and his teammates taking the Gold.

Over For Now.

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A Night of Records – West 152 East 149 NBA 2012 All Star Game in Orlando

When all was said and done, the West held on for a 3 point victory over the East after being ahead by as many as 20 points in the final quarter. The East All Stars had pulled to within one point in the closing minute but were unable to snatch the game from the West, despite opportunities to do so.

Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant grabbed the MVP Award with his Thunder-ous 36 point effort. Had the East won, undoubtedly LeBron James, who led the ferocious comeback and also scored 36 points, would have been named MVP.

Photo: Bill Baptist/Getty Images from SI.com

The final score, West 152 East 149, set a new record for most total points scored in a game at 301. The 1st half scoring of 88 points by the West set an All Star Record, while the combined total of 157 tied the existing record.

As LeBron turned up the “Heat” on the West, he tied a record by scoring six from behind the arc. Teammate Dwyane Wade also tied a record by becoming one of only three players with a triple double All Star game performance (24 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists), joining James and Michael Jordan.

The biggest record to fall, however, was that of LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant breaking Michael Jordan’s all-time scoring mark, with his 27 point effort, bringing the Black Mamba to 271 total points in 13 appearances (20.84 average). He tied MJ with a free throw and broke the record with a dunk in the 3rd period.


All in all a very exciting game, especially the final 5 or 6 minutes when the defense really kicked in on both sides.

It was easy to see they each wanted the victory.

Over For Now.

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