RE-WRITTEN HISTORY. THE 15-16 GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS EULOGY

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Missing when it mattered. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The 15-16 Warriors were 73-9. No one will remember that.

The 15-16 Warriors are a historic team. No one will say that, ever again.

Losing this series after being up 3-1 really hammered home the fact that they didn’t deserve this title. They didn’t. It’s not theirs. They had their fingers on that Larry O’Brien trophy but they just don’t have it in them to grab it. No amount of injuries or suspensions would erase the fact that they did not show up.

Sorry, Draymond Green, this time, you guys sucked. Well, probably not you. But the rest? Absolutely.

Steph Curry is slowly getting the Peyton Manning moniker. Astounding in regular season, sub par when it matters. That’s twice now he was M.I.A in the Finals, with deceivingly good numbers, but empty on the impact. It’s looking more and more like the Warriors are, evidently, is Draymond Green’s team. Where were you, Steph, other than throwing the ball away? Where were you other than grabbing meaningless fouls? And most importantly, where were you when your team needed you the most?

Steph Curry is the first ever Unanimous MVP. So what?

Charles Barkley’s point is right on. A shooting team can’t win a championship. Because shooting can get streaky, and when they tensions are high, and every possession matters, streaky will kill you, and it did the Warriors. How they survived it last year would still be the scrutiny these Dubs have to face as they failed to close this year. They didn’t have anything else to offer offensively. You live by the three, you die by the three, and they did, in the most painful, scarring way possible.

Splash damage didn’t do much when it mattered.

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS VS. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS GAME 1

The season is indeed a failure, as Klay Thompson has said. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

 

History is written by the winners. And the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James would be more than happy to re-write a once historic timeline. No one talks about failure, take it from the New England Patriots, who most arguments are about Spygate, Deflategate instead of their historic unbeaten regular season. The highest of the highs can really hurt as you fall, and how the mightiest have fallen.

15-16 Golden State Warriors,  your historic season is now six feet under. This was your destiny to take and you just either didn’t want it, or didn’t have it. You ran into LeBron James who was more dedicated to fulfill a promise so much that he literally blocked your destiny away.

And you didn’t do anything about it, or didn’t do enough. You could have, as you shown all year, but for some reason, you didn’t. And now, get ready to have a heavy heart for the next few months.

What are you going to do now? Everyone in the Bay Area will wait for your response.

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LeBRON JAMES IS THE FINALS MVP. PERIOD.

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LeBron James in this Finals is nothing short of extraordinary. Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Someone is not ready to give up the Best in the World tag.

The 2016 NBA Finals is going to a winner takes all Game 7, after the Cleveland Cavaliers won games 5 and 6, convincingly. After being down 3-1, and seemingly being written off, the Cavs are on the verge of not just only breaking a looooong championship curse for the city of Cleveland, but are also one win away from being the ultimate showstoppers, as they try to spoil the Golden State Warriors’ historic season.

And LeBron James has spearheaded that entire barrage.

To say that LeBron James is having a great Finals is a big understatement. He has eclipsed the unanimous MVP with his all around brilliance. He has dominated in every facet of the game statistically, leading in every single statistics for BOTH teams.

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First in everything. Image credit to thebiglead.com

The numbers are astounding.

In these Finals, LeBron James is averaging 30 points, 51% FG, 41% 3PT, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks per contest. That is borderline Shaquille O’neal and Michael Jordan Finals levels of domination. He has done everything imaginable on the court, from scoring, to defending, to making teammates better, to doing the little things.

And The King showed up when he was needed to most, by putting up two masterful games while being on the brink of elimination, dropping 41 points, each, on Game 5 and Game 6, doing so while shooting better than 50% in both FG and 3PT, averaging  12 rebounds and 9 assists from two games, and putting a lockdown defensive performance with 6 steals and 7 blocks combined in both games.

LeBron James should be the Finals MVP.

And it would not be a contest if Cleveland pulls the upset and win the Championship, but it should not be a contest regardless if the Warriors take the crown.

James has been picked by most pundits to be the Finals MVP of last year’s NBA Finals, as he put up great numbers. Golden State took the series and Andre Iguodala was named Finals MVP. But despite that, LeBron had a massive case to win the Bill Russell trophy, as evident by a 35 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal stat line. There was no player in both teams that have played better than James last year, and he got stripped of the award because his team fell short.

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You come to take out the king, You best not miss. Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

Fast forward a year, and LeBron is at it again. This time, however, he has been much more efficient compare to last year, while putting up close to the same numbers. But this is different, very different.

LeBron James willed the Cavs to Game 7.

Twice Cleveland faced elimination. Ever since the end of Game 4, the Warriors are being proclaimed the winners by almost everyone but Cavs fan, and quite possibly even some of them did the same. And twice, LeBron James stepped into the plate and gave the world back to back performance for the ages. Playing with a sense of urgency, and a lot of pride, reminiscent of 2012 Eastern Conference Finals, as he take the hearts of every Boston Celtics fan. James refused to lose, and he has shown it on the court. His teammates benefited from everything he has done in the last two games, and now they are in a position to reach glory.

LeBron James in this finals, is literally the definition of Most Valuable Player.

Not since Jerry West did the league gave the Finals MVP to a player on the losing team. There will be of course no conversation if the Cavs are crowned NBA champions. But the Warriors are coming in as the favorites for Game 7, playing at home with a crowd that can take away any will from any opponent, so the Cavs still are in for a fight. The outcome on Sunday’s final NBA game of the year is still out for grabs, one thing should be locked in, no excuses!

It doesn’t matter if any of the Splash Brothers scores 50. It doesn’t matter if Draymond Green posts a triple-double. It doesn’t matter if Kyrie Irving goes on a hot shooting night again as he did in Game 5. All of this should be irrelevant.

LeBron James, regardless of what happens on Sunday, is the Finals MVP. And it will be an act of treason to not give The King his crown.

EXPECT A LOT OF RAIN IN THESE YEAR’S FINALS

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The rematch is on. Ben Margot, Associated Press

We are going to have an NBA Finals rematch, but it’s not really going to be a rematch.

As we have been clamoring, both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are clashing it out, this time, with a both healthy squads. The real Cavs vs Warriors showdown is about to take place, and it’s going to rain threes.

The Cavs this post season has turned into not just a three point shooting team, but a great one. They are making 43% of their 3 pointers in the post season, created mostly by their ball movement and good spacing. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are shooting it lights out from deep, averaging a combined 44% the entire Playoffs, JR Smith is also putting in 46% of his 3 pointers, and new Cav Channing Frye is blistering hot at 57%. All four combined to make about 10 3PT FG’s per playoff contest.

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JR Smith is shooting really well this post season. David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

This is a different Cleveland team. In a funny way, they resemble the Warriors with their new 3 PT barrage. They have been spaced the floor well, allowing LeBron James to do damage in the paint, as he has been, but at the same time, gives him a plethora of weapons surrounding him if the opponents choose to help, and boy are the Cavs making you pay for it.

The Warriors, on the other hand, are still the Warriors. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have shot their way out of a 3-1 hole vs Oklahoma City to reach the Finals again. And while four guys from Cleveland make 10 3’s a game, the Splash Brothers are making 9 per playoff game on their own. And they are doing it, outside of their good ball and player movement, in quite possibly the most inconceivable of ways, shooting it off the dribble, over a defender, or even pulling up from 30 feet.

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Klay has been on fire the last two games. Andrew D. Bernstein / Getty Images

Collectively, the Dubs are also shooting 40% from 3, making 12 a game. They have been known to be a shooting team, and won last year’s Championship in large part because of it. Don’t expect them to stop raining threes now.

With both teams seems to be lights out on 3’s, the series should probably end up to who can stop the 3’s. Both teams, are allowing their playoff opponents 34% from three points this post season, but the Warriors has the edge in regular season numbers, ranking 2nd in 3PT% allowed at 33% compare to the Cavaliers 12th ranked 3 point defense at 34%. A slight edge, but could swing a difference, as both teams are seemingly reliant on their three point shots lately.

One key thing to keep in mind, offensive rebounding. Offensive rebounds creates extra possessions, in turn could create extra three point shots. Both teams are grabbing 10 O-Rebounds per game, but Cleveland is allowing 3 less for their opponents. Preventing the Warriors from getting more possessions could limit their three point attempts enough for the Cavaliers to take advantage of.

One thing is for certain, as we wait on the Finals we’ve all be clamoring for, expect three point shots, lots of it. As much as Charles Barkley would hate it, this year’s champion will be determined by who can shoot better, and shoot more.

We will have a rainy NBA Finals.