The Sportz Nutt Takes A Look At The Final Day Of The NBA Season

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What an ending to the NBA season! After weeks of teams resting players, tanking games, and positions finalized, the last night of the NBA season came and went with a huge bang. Two games impacted the NBA, not just for this season, but for eternity as well. Let’s dig into this, shall we?

1) The Golden State Warriors finished with 73 wins.

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What an unbelievable feat, as the Warriors ended the regular season with the most wins ever. Think about that for a minute, 73 wins. Now consider these stats:

34 road wins, which is more than 10 teams’ total wins.
30.1 PPG for Curry, despite the fact that he sat out for many fourth quarter blowouts.
50-40-90 as in 50.4% FG%, 45.4% 3pt%, 90.8% FT%….and he took half of his shots from beyond the arc.
402 3 pointers by Curry.
0 back to back losses.
56.2% eFG, which accounts both 2 pointers and 3 pointers.
30 or more assists in 43 games.

I don’t care what anyone says, this is the greatest regular season team ever assembled. They will need to win the title this season to be THE best ever, but they are an incredible treat to watch. For everyone who said last year that they were lucky because of injuries to other teams, how they weren’t as good as their record and playoff indicated, how they rely only on Curry, I say to those people: stop hating and start enjoying.

2) Kobe Bryant scores 60 points in his final game.

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Speaking of unbelievable, who watched this display? Sure he chucked up 50 shots, but who cares?!?!?! The stars were there, the people were watching, and Kobe was dominant. He was making the impossible look easy as he did for many years. Finishing 3rd all-time in scoring, Kobe retires as arguably the greatest Laker ever (although Kareem and Magic might have something to say about that), and one of the greatest ever. In fact, with his five titles and his numbers, one could make the case he is THE greatest. I wouldn’t, but I wouldn’t think you were out of this world. What he is the greatest at, mind you, is making tough shots look easy. Single, double, triple coverage mean nothing to him, because the harder the shot is to make, the easier it becomes for him. I know for one, I didn’t appreciate him for everything he did for the game. As a younger lad, I wasn’t a fan. I don’t know if it was the Clipper fan in me or what, but I didn’t appreciate his work, his desire, his effort. I didn’t appreciate the fact that he worked tirelessly on his shot, would sacrifice sleep, would stay extensively to get better, would be hard on his teammates to get the most out of them. I didn’t, but I do now. What a competitor and what an athlete. Mr. Basketball.

And there you have it.