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The best team won the marbles.

The 2014-15 NBA season came to an end today as the Golden State Warriors were crowned the 2015 NBA Champions after knocking off the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games. The Warriors ended a long 40 year franchise title drought when Rick Barry and his squad led the franchise to a championship back in 1975. Now, the Bay Area and countless Warriors fans from around the world are celebrating the success of the team.

Stephen Curry who was the league’s Most Valuable Player made history during the playoffs. He shot and made the most threes in a playoff run. He also became the first guy to face and defeat all 4 players alongside himself on the All-NBA First Team. Anthony Davis in Round 1, Marc Gasol in Round 2, James Harden in the Western Conference Finals and now LeBron James in the NBA Finals. Capping off a memorable season for a player that went through adversity to start his career and now has tasted championship gold.

But Curry wasn’t alone in his quest for a championship. As a matter fact, the entire Warriors squad went through the journey as a team. Klay Thompson, his fellow Splash Brother and All-Star made them the most prolific three point shooting combo in NBA history as well as giving a huge effort on the defensive end. Draymond Green, who gave toughness and versatility to the squad going through a massive improvement from the previous season. The eventual Finals MVP in Andre Iguodala who took a leap of faith during the regular season when he resorted himself to the bench. Eventually, picking up his stride in the playoffs and the Finals to make big plays. Everybody else on the roster also picked up their strive all season long, veterans such as Andrew Bogut, Shaun Livingston, Leandro Barbosa as well as the young players such as Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli.

Steve Kerr in his first year as a head coach in the NBA, has to be given a ton of credit. He led them to a 67-15 record with almost the same core group from the previous season. He has done an amazing job coaching the team all season long. 

The Warriors basically shattered the long standing myth in basketball that “Jump shooting teams don’t win titles.” Their barrage from the three point line has been a sight to see for any fan. I have to admit, they still cause me nightmares to this day, 19 days after they took my team the Houston Rockets out in the Western Conference Finals with that prolific shooting display. But despite the fact, I did not root for them in this series. They truly deserved to win the championship.

As for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the men on the receiving end of the celebration on their home floor. We have to give them the props and the respect they deserve. First with LeBron James

I have to go on record to say that for the time he donned a Miami Heat jersey, I loathed him after he made “The Decision” to leave Cleveland for Miami where he won 2 NBA championships with the South Florida franchise. Sure, I got a ton of heat from a lot of legitimate LeBron fans over the matter. When he decided to come back to Cleveland this season. I was happy, but not too excited about what he might do now he’s back. But after what I saw during the season to the NBA Finals, and looking back at what he has done during his career. He made me into a believer again. He willed his team through thick and thin during the course of the season. And after enduring a season of which my squad were the villains of the league, now I completely understand what it feels like to see your squad on the receiving end of all the criticism and hate from the fans.

The 51 year long title drought that the city of Cleveland has endured may have not ended. But the Cavaliers roster fought valiantly in this series. They went through adversity all season long. From going 19-20 to start the season. Going through roster changes during the season. Faced injuries to key players in their rotation during the season and the playoffs. Gotta give props to their coach David Blatt who with Kerr was also a rookie head coach in the NBA after plying his trade overseas.That despite the disadvantages they have during the course of the series.  Sure, the rest of the Cavaliers roster had sporadic moments. However, they made this series a enjoyable affair for the fan.

And that concludes the 2014-15 NBA season. Once again, congratulations to the Warriors on winning the NBA championship and ending their 40 year title drought. 

Kudos to the Cavaliers for a great season and a well-fought NBA Finals series.

I’m really glad that this roller-coaster of a season has come to an end. Took a lot out of me to be quite honest. This has been a fun season to watch. So until then, NBA basketball will be back in October for the 2015-16 NBA season. And I end by saying. 


Savor the moment Dub Nation. But Red Nation will be back for vengeance next season.

MIAMI HEAT: BACK TO BACK NBA CHAMPIONS

They validated themselves and proved all the critics wrong again. The Miami Heat may have won the title last year, but they just got branded with a brand new name: Back-to-back NBA champions. After winning a thrilling seven-game series against a veteran and battle-proven team in the San Antonio Spurs.

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In a series where prior to Game 7, the odd games went the way of the Spurs and the even games went the way of the Heat. A series where Spurs guard Danny Green broke an NBA Finals series record with 27 three pointers in the entire series. A series where the Spurs veteran Big 3 of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili went up against the Heat’s version of the Big 3 in LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Where all the role players stepped up in big games like Miami’s Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Mike Miller, Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole to San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, Gary Neal, Danny Green, Boris Diaw and Tiago Splitter. A series where big shots and plays were made on both ends of the court.
 
But when it all came to Game 7, when the Spurs could not deliver the big punch to grasp the title for a fifth time in their history and when the Heat took advantage of every lapse the Spurs gave them. The Heat once again stood atop of the mountain in the basketball world. LeBron James who led the Heat in their quest for a repeat and scored at will in Game 7, was named the Finals MVP for the second straight season. The series loss for the Spurs marks their first defeat in an NBA Finals series in franchise history after coming out successful in their  four trips to the NBA Finals prior to this and once again, the home team came out on top in a Game 7 situation where no road team since the 2-3-2 format for the NBA Finals has won in Game 7.
 
Once again, congratulations to the Miami Heat. Your 2013 NBA Champions.
 
 
Give credit as well to the San Antonio Spurs. They fought hard in a great series like this one.
 
Now here are the scores from all games of the series:
 
GAME 1 @ Miami: Spurs 92-88 Heat
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Parker 21, Duncan 20, Ginobili 13
Rebounds: Duncan 14, Leonard 10, Green 5
Assists: Parker 6, Duncan 4, Ginobili 3
 
Heat leaders:
Points: James 18, Wade 17, Bosh 13, Allen 13
Rebounds: James 18, Bosh 5, Haslem 4, Miller 4
Assists: James 10, Cole 4, Wade 2, Chalmers 2
 
GAME 2 @ Miami: Spurs 84-103 Heat

Spurs leaders:
Points: Green 17, Parker 13, Neal 10
Rebounds: Leonard 14, Duncan 11, Blair 4
Assists: Parker 5, Leonard 2, Diaw 2, McGrady 2
 
Heat leaders:
Points: Chalmers 19, James 17, Allen 13
Rebounds: Bosh 10, James 8, Chalmers 4, Andersen 4
Assists: James 7, Wade 6, Bosh 4
 
GAME 3 @ San Antonio: Heat 77-113 Spurs
 
Heat leaders:
Points: Wade 16, James 15, Miller 15
Rebounds: James 11, Bosh 10, Haslem 3, Battier 3, Anthony 3
Assists: Wade 5, James 5, Bosh 4
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Green 27, Neal 24, Leonard 14
Rebounds: Duncan 14, Leonard 12, Splitter 5
Assists: Parker 8, Ginobili 6, Joseph 4
 
GAME 4 @ San Antonio: Heat 109-93 Spurs
 
Heat leaders:
Points: James 33, Wade 32, Bosh 20
Rebounds: Bosh 13, James 11, Wade 6
Assists: Chalmers 5, James 4, Wade 4, Cole 4
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Duncan 20, Parker 15, Neal 13
Rebounds: Leonard 7, Duncan 5, Parker 4, Green 4
Assists: Parker 9, Green 4, Ginobili 2
 
GAME 5 @ San Antonio: Heat 104-114 Spurs
 
Heat leaders:
Points: James 25, Wade 25, Allen 21
Rebounds: James 6, Bosh 6, Miller 5
Assists: Wade 10, James 8, Battier 3
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Parker 26, Ginobili 24, Green 24
Rebounds: Duncan 12, Leonard 8, Green 6
Assists: Ginobili 10, Parker 5, Diaw 3
 
GAME 6 @ Miami: Spurs 100-103 Heat (OT)
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Duncan 30, Leonard 22, Parker 19
Rebounds: Duncan 17, Leonard 11
Assists: Parker 8, Ginobili 3, Splitter 2
 
Heat leaders:
Points: James 32, Chalmers 20, Wade 14
Rebounds: Bosh 11, James 10, Miller 7
Assists: James 11, Wade 4
 
GAME 7 @ Miami: Spurs 88-95 Heat
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Duncan 24, Leonard 19, Ginobili 18
Rebounds: Leonard 16, Duncan 12, Green 5
Assists: Ginobili 5, Parker 4, Duncan 2
 
Heat leaders:
Points: James 37, Wade 23, Battier 18
Rebounds: James 12, Wade 10
Assists: James 4, Allen 4, Bosh 2, Chalmers 2
 
Heat win series 4-3
 
Another season of NBA basketball has come to an end, we’ll see you again next season.
K-Smoove

2012 NBA Finals Blog: MIAMI HEAT 2012 NBA CHAMPIONS. KNOCKS OUT THE THUNDER IN GAME 5 121-106. LEBRON JAMES CROWNED AS FINALS MVP.

The Miami Heat are the 2012 NBA Champions
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For the second time in franchise history, the Miami Heat are the NBA Champions and they did it in style as they win in a blowout against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 at the American Airlines Arena 121-106 to clinch the championship.  

For LeBron James, after nine years in the NBA without a championship, he has fulfilled his promise to bring a championship and can now be called as a champion. He has also silenced his critics with the championship. He also took home the Finals MVP Trophy for his all-around performance all series long. There was jubilation in South Beach and for the many members of the Heat Nation. For Dwayne Wade, he gets his second NBA title with Udonis Haslem as the only two remaining members from the 2006 Miami Heat who won the title against the Dallas Mavericks. For guys like Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller, Shane Batter among others, they get their first taste of championship glory. For Fil-Am coach Erik Spoelstra he solidifies his coaching resume with a championship.

It was a bitter ending for the Oklahoma City Thunder where after winning Game 1 of the series, they went on to lose the next 4 games as they blow out the opportunity to bring the NBA title for the first time in the state of Oklahoma. It was a tough lesson for these young guns led by Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Serge Ibaka and the rest of the Thunder players. Thunder coach Scott Brooks will learn from the experiences of this series. I say Kudos! to the Thunder for putting up a great battle as they have gone this deep to the NBA Finals and I’m sure they will be a team to watch for many years to come

In Game 5, the Heat shot 40-77 (51%) from the field compared to the Thunder who only shot 36-87 (41%). The Heat shot excellent from 3 point range, shooting 14-26 (54%) compared to the Thunder who only shot 11-28 (34%).

James led the Heat in Game 5 with a triple-double 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds with 2 blocks on 9-19 FG shooting and 8-9 FT shooting. Bosh added 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks on 9-14 FG shooting, 1-1 3PT shooting and 5-5 FT shooting. Miller coming off the bench added 23 points and 5 rebounds on 7-8 3PT shooting and 2-2 FT shooting. Wade added 20 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks on 7-12 FG shooting and 6-9 FT shooting. Battier added 11 points and 4 rebounds on 4-8 FG shooting and 3-7 3PT shooting. Chalmers added 10 points, 7 assists and 2 steals on 3-6 FG shooting, 2-4 3PT shooting and 2-2 FT shooting.

Durant led the Thunder in Game 5 with a double-double 32 points and 11 rebounds with 3 assists and 2 steals on 13-24 FG shooting, 3-6 3PT shooting and 3-3 FT shooting. Westbrook and Harden coming off the bench each scored 19 points. Westbrook added 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals on 4-20 FG shooting and 11-13 FT shooting. Harden added 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals on 5-11 FG shooting, 3-8 3PT shooting and 6-6 FT shooting. Derek Fisher added 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists on 4-7 FG shooting and 3-6 3PT shooting.
Once again, I did this banner in DEFEAT. I did it before in 2010 when I rooted for the Boston Celtics but they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in 7 games.
I can say it was a bitter end to this lockout shortened season for me since I rooted for the Thunder to win the NBA Championship this season. It was a season full of heartbreak from the time the season began when Yao Ming one of the players I admire announced his retirement during the lockout. My team the Houston Rockets failed to make it to the playoffs for the 3rd straight season (Ironically, it was the Heat who sent the Rockets’ playoff aspirations down the toilet.) From my other favorite teams like the Hawks, Magic, Celtics, Thunder, among other teams falling short in their playoff runs, and to my favorite players getting hurt like Derrick Rose, Kyle Lowry, Kevin Martin, among others.
Guilty as charged, I hated LeBron James since he made “The Decision” to leave Cleveland for Miami. PEEPS for LeBron can now tell me straight to the face to shut my mouth since he now has the championship in his grasp and nobody can take that distinction away from him it away from him. Yet despite the criticism I have against him, He’s a great player and I can say he deserves to win the championship.
This season may have been full of heartbreak, yet there are still some good moments to remember like those Shaqtin’-a-Fool videos which made me laugh all-season long, the different memes that came up from the Spurs Men In Black to the Amare’ Fire Extinguisher meme and to the unforgettable JaVale McGee moments as a Wizard. Philadelphia’s magical run in the playoffs. The Thunder beating the past 3 champions from the West in the playoffs (Mavericks, Lakers & Spurs), the emergence of Jeremy Lin, those clutch plays all-season long, and many other things.

It could take me awhile to suck in the defeat of the Thunder in the Finals. I know, I’ll be fine when the time comes.

So until then,
SEE YOU NEXT SEASON!
K-Smoove

2012 NBA Finals Blog: Heat one win away from the NBA title. Wins Game 4 vs the Thunder 104-98.

LeBron James, Mario Chalmers and the Heat celebrate as they win Game 4 vs the Thunder
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This is my 100th blog entry since I returned to blogging last April so let’s get it on with today’s edition of the 2012 NBA Finals Blog.
The Miami Heat are now one win away from the NBA Championship as they win Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the American Airlines Arena 104-98. The Heat rallied from a 17 point first half deficit and now lead the series 3-1. The Heat shot 39% from 3 point range compared to the Thunder who only shot 19%. Game 5 will be back in Miami on June 22 as the Heat will have the opportunity to win the title in front of their home crowd, while the Thunder would look to extend the series by forcing a Game 6 back in Oklahoma City with a win in Game 5.

LeBron James led the Heat with a near triple-double 26 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists with 2 steals on 10-20 FG shooting, 1-4 3PT shooting and 5-8 FT shooting. Dwayne Wade and Mario Chalmers each scored 25 points. Wade also added 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks on 8-19 FG shooting, 2-3 3PT shooting and 7-9 FT shooting. Chalmers added 3 assists and 2 steals on 9-15 FG shooting, 3-9 3PT shooting and 4-5 FT shooting. Chris Bosh added 13 points and 9 rebounds on 6-12 FG shooting.

Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 43 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists on 20-32 FG shooting and 3-3 FT shooting. Kevin Durant added 28 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals on 9-19 FG shooting, 1-5 3PT shooting and 9-9 FT shooting. James Harden off the bench pulled down 10 rebounds with 8 points on 2-10 FG shooting, 1-5 3PT shooting and 3-4 FT shooting.

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On Friday, my PRIDE is on the line. Hoping for the best.
K-Smoove

2012 NBA Finals Blog: Heat take control of the series with win in Game 3 vs the Thunder 91-85. Heat now up 2-1.

The Heat celebrate the win in Game 3 vs the Thunder
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The Miami Heat come back from a 10 point deficit in the 3rd quarter to win in Game 3 of the 2012 NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the American Airlines Arena 91-85. It was a grind out game as both teams struggled from the field with the Heat only shooting 38% from the field and 30% from 3 point range while the Thunder shot 43% from the field and only 22% from 3 point range. Free throws also played a factor with the Heat shooting 31-35 (89%) while the Thunder only shot 15-24 (63%). The Heat now lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 back in Miami on June 20.

LeBron James led the Heat with a double-double 29 points and 14 rebounds with 3 assists on 11-23 FG shooting, 1-4 3PT shooting and 6-8 FT shooting. Dwayne Wade added 25 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals on 8-22 FG shooting and 9-11 FT shooting. Chris Bosh also finished with a double-double 10 points and 11 rebounds with 2 blocks on 3-12 FG shooting and 4-4 FT shooting. Shane Battier added 9 points and 3 rebounds on 2-2 3PT shooting and 3-3 FT shooting.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks on 11-19 FG shooting, 1-4 3PT shooting and 2-4 FT shooting. Russell Westbrook added 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks on 8-18 FG shooting, 1-4 3PT shooting and 2-2 FT shooting. Kendrick Perkins finished with a double-double 10 points and 12 rebounds on 3-5 FG shooting and 4-6 FT shooting. James Harden and Derek Fisher off the bench each scored 9 points. Harden added 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals on 2-10 FG shooting and 5-7 FT shooting. Fisher added 2 steals on 3-8 FG shooting and 2-3 3PT shooting.

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2012 NBA Finals Blog: Heat even up series vs the Thunder with Game 2 win 100-96.

LeBron James and the Heat win Game 2 vs the Thunder
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The Miami Heat even up the 2012 NBA Finals at 1-1 as they pick up a huge road victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena 100-96. The Heat never trailed in the game despite numerous comeback attempts by the Thunder all game long. The Heat shot 36-76 (47%) from the field while the Thunder only shot 34-79 (43%). The series shifts to Miami for Game 3 on June 18.
LeBron James led the Heat with 32 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists on 10-22 FG shooting and 12-12 FT shooting. Dwayne Wade added 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists on 10-20 FG shooting and 4-6 FT shooting. Shane Battier scored 17 points on 6-8 FG shooting and 5-7 3PT shooting. Chris Bosh who returned to the starting lineup finished with a double-double 16 points and 15 rebounds with 2 blocks on 6-13 FG shooting and 4-5 FT shooting.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 32 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals on 12-22 FG shooting, 4-10 3PT shooting and 4-6 FT shooting. Russell Westbrook added 27 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists on 10-26 FG shooting, 2-6 3PT shooting and 5-7 FT shooting. James Harden off the bench added 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists on 7-11 FG shooting, 2-3 3PT shooting.and 5-7 FT shooting. Serge Ibaka blocked 5 shots with 7 points and 4 rebounds on 2-5 FG shooting and 3-4 FT shooting.

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2012 NBA Finals Blog: Thunder wins Game 1 vs the Heat 105-94.

Kevin Durant high fives the fans after the Game 1 victory.
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Even though I wrote it way too late (due to my classes). Here is the first edition of my 2012 NBA Finals Blog.
The Oklahoma City Thunder playing the very first NBA Finals game to be held in Oklahoma City did not disappoint as they take Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at the Chesapeake Energy Arena 105-94. The Thunder outscored the Heat 58-40 in the 2nd half after the Heat opened the game with a 54-47 lead at halftime. The Thunder shot 40-77 (52%) from the field, while the Heat only shot 36-78 (46%). Game 2 will be held back in Oklahoma City on June 15.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 36 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists on 12-20 FG shooting, 4-8 3PT shooting and 8-9 FT shooting. Russell Westbrook finished with a near triple-double 27 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists on 10-24 FG shooting and 7-9 FT shooting. Serge Ibaka added 10 points and 6 rebounds on 5-10 FG shooting. Thabo Sefolosha added 9 points and 2 steals on 2-5 FG shooting. Nick Collison off the bench added 8 points and 10 rebounds on 4-5 FG shooting. Derek Fisher added 6 points and 3 rebounds on 3-6 FG shooting.
LeBron James led the Heat with 30 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals on 11-24 FG shooting, 1-3 3PT shooting and 7-9 FT shooting. Dwayne Wade added 19 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds on 7-19 FG shooting and 5-5 FT shooting. Shane Battier added 17 points and 4 rebounds on 6-9 FG shooting and 4-6 3PT shooting. Mario Chalmers added 12 points and 6 assists on 5-7 FG shooting and 2-4 3PT shooting. Chris Bosh off the bench added 10 points and 5 rebounds on 4-11 FG shooting and 1-3 3PT shooting. Udonis Haslem pulled down 11 rebounds.

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