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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.

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Spurs are back in the Western Conference Finals.

In a battle of youth vs experience. Experience got the better of this match-up as the second seeded San Antonio Spurs are heading back to the Western Conference Finals as they defeat the sixth seeded Golden State Warriors in six gamesas the Spurs are in the West Finals for a second straight season.

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The Warriors, after pulling of a major upset of the third seeded Denver Nuggets in six games, they came in as the lowest seeded team to come out of the first round and these young players led by sweet shooting Stephen Curry battled against a tested veteran team and gave it their all in this series. They manage to win two games in the series including one on the road. However, the more experienced Spurs team came out and delivered when it all mattered the most. Fueled by a frenzied fanbase which pack up their home floor dressed in yellow and pecking the decibel meter up to the roofs every single home game. These young bloods have achieved a nice run with players surrounding Curry like Klay Thompson, David Lee, Harrison Barnes, Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack to name a nice lineup the Warriors had. However, their playoff run comes to an end this time around.
 
As for the Spurs, they came into the series well rested after sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. The extra rest they got proved to be beneficial especially on a veteran core that they have on the line up. Their experience proved to be a factor in their series as shown by their poise in an thrilling Game 1 victory at home as well as picking up two wins in front of a raucous “Roaracle” Arena crowd in Oakland. Their triumvirate of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have delivered when it all mattered for the Spurs. Now their quest back to glory will continue as they look to have another shot at an NBA championship as these three men are winding down their decorated NBA careers.
 
The Spurs will now face the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals. In a rematch of their first round matchup from 2011 when the then eight-seeded Grizzlies knocked off the then top seeded Spurs in six games. Despite having to go through personnel changes over the two years since they last met in the playoffs, expect the same old ballgame that we saw from both teams two years back.
 
As for the Warriors, their remarkable season comes to an end. This young team will be a team to fear for many years to come. The players on their roster still have a ton of growth ahead of them and this deep playoff experience they had will make them better for even deeper playoff runs when their time comes.
 
Here are the scores from all games of the series:
 
GAME 1 @ San Antonio: Warriors 127-129 Spurs (2OT)
 
Warriors leaders:
Points: Curry 44, Thompson 19, Barnes 19
Rebounds: Bogut 15, Barnes 12, Dr. Green 7
Assists: Curry 11, Bogut 4, Thompson 3
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Parker 28, Da. Green 22, Duncan 19
Rebounds: Duncan 11, Leonard 9, Parker 8
Assists: Ginobili 11, Parker 8, Leonard 3
 
GAME 2 @ San Antonio: Warriors 100-91 Spurs
 
Warriors leaders:
Points: Thompson 34, Curry 22, Barnes 13
Rebounds: Thompson 14, Bogut 11, Landry 8
Assists: Dr. Green 5, Curry 4, Jack 4
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Duncan 23, Parker 20, Ginobili 12
Rebounds: Leonard 12, Duncan 9, Parker 6, Da. Green 6
Assists: Ginobili 4, Parker 3
 
GAME 3 @ Golden State: Spurs 102-92 Warriors
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Parker 32, Duncan 23, Leonard 15
Rebounds: Duncan 10, Leonard 9, Parker 5, Ginobili 5
Assists: Parker 5, Ginobili 4, Duncan 3, Da. Green 3
 
Warriors leaders:
Points: Thompson 17, Curry 16, Landry 14
Rebounds: Bogut 12, Thompson 8, Barnes 8
Assists: Curry 8, Landry 4, Thompson 2, Barnes 2
 
GAME 4 @ Golden State: Spurs 87-97 Warriors (OT)
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Ginobili 21, Duncan 19, Parker 17
Rebounds: Duncan 16, Leonard 8, Da. Green 7
Assists: Ginobili 3, Parker 3, Diaw 3, Splitter 3
Warriors leaders:
Points: Barnes 26, Jack 24, Curry 22
Rebounds: Bogut 18, Barnes 10, Jack 7
Assists: Curry 4, Jack 4, Landry 4
 
GAME 5 @ San Antonio: Warriors 91-109 Spurs
 
Warriors leaders:
Points: Barnes 25, Jack 20, Landry 16
Rebounds: Barnes 7, Landry 6, Bogut 6
Assists: Curry 8, Landry 2, Bogut 2, Jack 2
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Parker 25, Leonard 17, Da. Green 16
Rebounds: Duncan 11, Leonard 7, Splitter 6
Assists: Parker 10, Ginobili 5
 
GAME 6 @ Golden State: Spurs 94-82 Warriors
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Duncan 19, Leonard 16, Splitter 14
Rebounds: Leonard 10, Duncan 6, Ginobili 6, Diaw 6
Assists: Ginobili 11, Parker 8, Diaw 4
 
Warriors leaders:
Points: Curry 22, Jack 15, Landry 11
Rebounds: Bogut 7, Ezeli 7, Landry 6
Assists: Curry 6, Thompson 3, Lee 2
 
Spurs win series 4-2

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Warriors win the high-octane wars.

In a battle of two highoctane teams. TheYoungbloods” prevailed as the sixth seeded Golden State Warriors pull off a stunning first round victory against the athletic and tall third seeded Denver Nuggets in six thrilling games to advance to the second round.

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The Nuggets had a great regular season where they finished with a franchise best 57 wins in the season. However, they suffered a big loss before the start of the playoffs when Danilo Gallinari suffered a season-ending injury. The Nuggets showed their athleticism and their experience advantage over the Warriors all series long. As well as their huge depth with players like Ty Lawson, Andre Iguodala, Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, Andre Miller and JaVale McGee. They won two games in this series, one on a Andre Miller game-winner in Game 1, and pushed the series to a Game 6 with a win in Game 5 at home. Unfortunately, they were unable to take advantage in full of their strengths of their Warriors as one of their best seasons in franchise history ends in bitter defeat.
The Warriors used their high octane offense to their advantage led by their “Splash Brothers” duo of Stephen Curry who is the 4th best scorer in the NBA Playoffs and Klay Thompson. They also withstand the loss of David Lee for most of the series after he suffered an injury in Game 1. Lee, came back to play a few minutes in Game 6. Outside of Curry, the Warriors got big contributions from Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes, Carl Landry, Jarrett Jack and Draymond Green throughout the series. They won all three home games as well as Game 2 in Denver. Now these Warriors from the Bay Area are ready to bring their all on to the next round.
The Warriors will now face the second seeded San Antonio Spurs in the second round who have been resting since their sweep of the Lakers in the first round.
 
As for the Nuggets, they suffered another first round exit. Now it’s a matter of how will they improve come next season, and could we see some changes in personnel along the way? That we will have to see as their off-season begins now.
 
Now here are the scores from all games of the series:
 
GAME 1 @ Denver: Warriors 95-97 Nuggets
Warriors leaders:
Points: Thompson 22, Curry 19, Landry 14
Rebounds: Bogut 12, Lee 12, Jack 8
Assists: Jack 10, Curry 9, Bogut 3
Nuggets leaders:
Points: Miller 28, Lawson 12, Chandler 11, Fournier 11
Rebounds: Chandler 13, Iguodala 10, Koufos 7
Assists: Miller 5, Iguodala 5, Lawson 4
GAME 2 @ Denver: Warriors 131-117 Nuggets
Warriors leaders:
Points: Curry 30, Jack 26, Barnes 24
Rebounds: Bogut 8, Barnes 6, Curry 5
Assists: Curry 13, Jack 7, Thompson 2, Barnes 2
 
Nuggets leaders:
Points: Lawson 19, Brewer 19, Iguodala 18, Miller 18
Rebounds: Chandler 6, Miller 5, Iguodala 4
Assists: Lawson 12, Iguodala 7, Miller 5
GAME 3 @ Golden State: Nuggets 108-110 Warriors

Nuggets leaders:
Points: Lawson 35, Brewer 16, Faried 15
Rebounds: Chandler 9, Faried 7, Iguodala 5
Assists: Lawson 10, Iguodala 5, Miller 4
 
Warriors leaders:
Points: Curry 29, Jack 23, Barnes 19, Landry 19
Rebounds: Bogut 9, Barnes 7, Jack 5, Landry 5, Green 5
Assists: Curry 11, Jack 7
 
GAME 4 @ Golden State: Nuggets 101-115 Warriors
 
Nuggets leaders:
Points: Lawson 26, Iguodala 19, Brewer 14
Rebounds: Faried 12, Iguodala 8
Assists: Lawson 6, Chandler 3, Iguodala 2
 
Warriors leaders:
Points: Curry 31, Jack 21, Landry 17
Rebounds: Green 6, Bogut 5, Jack 5
Assists: Jack 9, Curry 7, Thompson 5
 
GAME 5 @ Denver: Warriors 100-107 Nuggets
 
Warriors leaders:
Points: Barnes 23, Jack 20, Thompson 19
Rebounds: Barnes 9, Jack 6, Thompson 6
Assists: Curry 8, Jack 5, Green 3
 
Nuggets leaders:
Points: Iguodala 25, Lawson 19, Chandler 19
Rebounds: Iguodala 12, Faried 10, McGee 8
Assists: Lawson 10, Iguodala 7, Miller 5
 
GAME 6 @ Golden State: Nuggets 88-92 Warriors
 
Nuggets leaders:
Points: Iguodala 24, Lawson 17, Chandler 11, Faried 11
Rebounds: Faried 11, McGee 10, Iguodala 9
Asssists: Iguodala 6, Lawson 6, Chandler 3, Miller 3
 
Warriors leaders:
Points: Curry 22, Green 16, Bogut 14
Rebounds: Bogut 21, Green 10, Barnes 5, Landry 5, Curry 5
Assists: Curry 8, Jack 4, Bogut 3
 
Warriors win series 4-2
 
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NBA Daily Blog: Rockets keep playoff hopes alive with a win over the Warriors at home 99-96.

Courtney Lee drives on Klay Thompson
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The Houston Rockets keep their playoff hopes alive with a thrilling victory over the Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center 99-96. With the win, the Rockets snap their 6 game losing streak and improve to 33-31, currently tied with the Phoenix Suns and a full game behind the 8th seeded Utah Jazz. While the Warriors drop to 22-41, losing their 8th consecutive game.

The Rockets were led by Courtney Lee with 20 points. Goran Dragic added 18 points, 7 assists and 3 steals. Luis Scola added 13 points and 5 rebounds. Chase Budinger scored 11 off the bench. Patrick Patterson scored 10. Marcus Camby pulled down 9 rebounds.

The Warriors were led by rookie Klay Thompson with 24 points. Brandon Rush added 19 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. Another rookie Charles Jenkins added 16 points and 8 assists.

In Phoenix, the Denver Nuggets clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Phoenix Suns who in turn suffer a blow to their playoff chances at the US Airways Center 118-107. Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with a double-double 29 points and 10 assists. Arron Afflalo added 19 points and 2 steals. Rookie Kenneth Faried also finished with a double-double 18 points and 14 rebounds with 3 blocks. Danilo Gallinari added 13 points and 2 steals. JaVale McGee scored 11 off the bench. Corey Brewer scored 10. Shannon Brown led the Suns with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Marcin Gortat finished with a double-double 18 points and 11 rebounds with 3 blocks. Sebastian Telfair scored 15 off the bench. Steve Nash dished out 13 assists with 8 points.

In Indianapolis, the Philadelphia 76ers inch closer to securing a playoff berth with a thrilling victory over the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse 109-106. Elton Brand led the 76ers with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Lou Williams off the bench added 19 points, 2 steals and 3 blocks. Jrue Holiday added 17 points, 7 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Andre Iguodala added 16 points and 2 blocks. Thaddeus Young added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. David West led the Pacers with a double-double 32 points and 12 rebounds. Tyler Hansbrough off the bench scored 17. Paul George added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Roy Hibbert added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. George Hill scored 10. Danny Granger pulled down 11 rebounds and only scored 4 points.

In Miami, the Washington Wizards pull off a stunner with Nene’s layup with only 0.5 seconds remaining as they beat the Miami Heat who suffer a tough blow to their chances of finishing on top of the Eastern Conference at the American Airlines Arena 86-84. Cartier Martin off the bench led the Wizards with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Kevin Seraphin scored 17. John Wall finished with a double-double 13 points and 13 assists with 4 steals. Nene scored 11. The Heat who were playing without LeBron James and Chris Bosh to start the game for rest purposes and Dwayne Wade suffering from a dislocated index finger early into the 1st quarter were led by Mike Miller who finished with a double-double 16 points and 10 rebounds. Mario Chalmers also scored 16 points with 6 assists and 2 steals. Dexter Pittman scored 12. Rookie Norris Cole scored 11. Udonis Haslem pulled down 15 rebounds with 6 points.

In Chicago, the Chicago Bulls inch closer to securing homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs with a victory over the defending champions Dallas Mavericks at the United Center 93-83. Luol Deng led the Bulls with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Richard Hamilton scored 19. Carlos Boozer finished with a double-double 12 points and 10 rebounds. Reining MVP Derrick Rose who came back to the floor after injuries sideline him the past few days added 11 points and 8 assists. Kyle Korver also scored 11 off the bench. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Rodrigue Beaubois who started in place of Jason Kidd who did not play today added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Vince Carter scored 15. Delonte West scored 13.


In Memphis, the Memphis Grizzlies are still in contention for a higher seed out West with a 4 point victory over the Portland Trail Blazers at the FedExForum 93-89. Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 21 points and 6 rebounds. O.J. Mayo scored 14 off the bench. Marreese Speights finished with a double-double 13 points and 11 rebounds. Marc Gasol and Dante Cunningham each scored 12. J.J. Hickson led the Trail Blazers with a double-double 23 points and 13 rebounds. Jamal Crawford scored 21 off the bench. Wesley Matthews added 16 points and 7 rebounds. Luke Babbitt added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals.


In Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Bucks keep their playoff hopes alive with a victory over the New Jersey Nets at the Bradley Center 106-95. Brandon Jennings led the Bucks with 30 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Ersan Ilyasova finished with a double-double 17 points and 17 rebounds with 3 steals and 2 blocks. Drew Gooden added 16 points and 8 rebounds. Monta Ellis and Shaun Livingston each scored 12. Gerald Wallace led the Nets with a double-double 18 points and 11 rebounds. Rookie MarShon Brooks scored 17. Gerald Green scored 16 off the bench. Kris Humphries added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals.


In Salt Lake City, the Utah Jazz maintain their hold on the final playoff seed out West with a overtime victory against the Orlando Magic at EnergySolutions Arena 117-107. Al Jefferson led the Jazz with a double-double 21 points and 10 rebounds with 3 blocks. Devin Harris also scored 21 points with 7 assists. Paul Millsap added 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals. Derrick Favors off the bench also finished with a double-double 16 points and 11 rebounds with 2 steals. Gordon Hayward scored 12. Jameer Nelson led the Magic with a double-double 23 points and 11 assists. Jason Richardson added 21 points and 7 rebounds. Ryan Anderson  also scored 21 points with 5 rebounds. Glen Davis also finished with a double-double 17 points and 13 rebounds with 4 steals. J.J. Redick scored 15.

STANDINGS AS OF 4/22/12 (15:04 PHT)
WEST:
1. Spurs (sw) 46-16, 2. Thunder (nw) 46-17, 3. Lakers (x) 40-24, 4. Clippers (x) 39-24, 5. Grizzlies (x) 39-25, 6. Nuggets (x) 35-28, 7
. Mavericks (x) 36-29, 8. Jazz 34-30, 9. Suns 33-31, 10. Rockets 33-31, 11. Trail Blazers (o) 28-36, 12. Timberwolves (o) 26-38, 13. Warriors (o) 22-41, 14. Kings (o) 20-43, 15. Hornets (o) 20-43
EAST:
1. Bulls (c) 48-16, 2. Heat (se) 45-18, 3. Pacers (x) 41-23, 4. Celtics (a) 37-27, 5. Hawks (x) 38-25, 6. Magic (x) 36-27, 7. Knicks (x) 33-30, 8. 76ers 33-30, 9. Bucks 30-33, 10. Pistons (o) 23-40, 11. Raptors (o) 22-41, 
12. Nets (o) 22-42,  13. Cavaliers (o) 21-41, 14. Wizards (o) 17-46, 15. Bobcats (o) 7-55
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