The Sportz Nutt Talks NBA Finals

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The NBA Finals just completed, and, the first 6 games were absolute crap. This is for many reasons, one of which being, I barely got to watch them….but also, there were so many games decided by 10 points or more. However, with it being Father’s Day, I decided to take care of myself that day and watch some basketball. I was not disappointed. What resulted was the end of a potential dynasty and the continuation of a trending upward legacy.

Cleveland won the game 93-89, and finally, a professional sports championship was brought BACK to Cleveland. Kyrie Irving made an incredible 3 near the end of the game, one that will go down in history as a defining moment. He also played extremely well for most of the series and finally gave LeBron a partner close to his abilities (although Wade was pretty darn good, but didn’t always show up in The Finals). Kevin Love did his part on the boards, JR Smith made 3’s when necessary, Tristan Thompson did okay and LeBron, well, let’s just say he moved up the rankings of the all-time greats. His performances in games 5-7 were out of this world, as he averaged a triple double and over 30 PPG. In elimination games throughout his career, he has always come up big, and these were no exception. Watching him was like turning up the characteristics of his player in a video game and turning everyone else’s down. His passes were crisp an somewhat inexplicable in how they made it to his teammates. He was that damned good. He is also the only player to ever lead both teams in a series in points, rebounds, blocks, assists and steals. So where does that leave LeBron now? To beat a 73 win team and lead the only team in NBA History back from a 3-1 Finals deficit for a win is beyond amazing. He now moves into the discussion of the all-time greats and is the same conversation with Jordan, Kareem, Bird, Russell and Magic. Plus, he’s only 31, so you know THAT talk isn’t yet finished.

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As for the Warriors, it marks a disappointing end to an otherwise magical season. The unanimous MVP failed to show up and deliver with consistency and lead his team. Bad shots, foul trouble and poor decisions marred an otherwise perfect year. Anyone who thinks he is over-rated is ridiculous and needs to stop. He was obviously injured (a bit), and losing Bogut was tough. Furthermore he had zero support, outside of Draymond Green. The Splash Brothers looked more like the Mario Bros., without any marshmallows. And back to Draymond, some may say his suspension was unwarranted, and others may say it was that which resulted in the series. And while losing Green was a huge detriment, I don’t criticize the league for the suspension. His incident with LeBron was the last of MANY playoff incidences that added up to this suspension. For most of his career, I have never seen him flail like he did, hitting others in the groin with his foot (if I’m wrong, then fine). These were all just ridiculous examples of the immaturity still implanted in Green. I hope for his sake, and the sake of the Warriors, that he has learned his lesson, as he stated in his post game conference on Sunday.

And there you have it.