Another American League and A New Superstar Emerges
The United States Wins 2015 Women’s World Cup!
Kris Bryant Emerges As MLB Dynamo
The 2015 NBA Draft Sparks Hope for Franchises
A-Rod Hits 3,000!
The Chicago Blackhawks Add a Third Stanley Cup to Impressive Dynasty
Fanatics Authentic Brings Biggest Names in Sports to Boston
American Pharoah Wins 2015 Triple Crown!
Father’s Day Gift Guide
Golden State Warriors Head to the 2015 NBA Finals

Another American League and A New Superstar Emerges

MikeTroutAllStarMVP The 2015 Mid-Summer Classic, which is more commonly known as the MLB All-Star Game, lived up to its name once again on Tuesday, July 14. As home runs soared and rising MLB legends continued to write their names in baseball history, the competition proved to be quite entertaining as players put differences aside in a match-up between the National and American Leagues.

Although both teams featured a roster of the top talent in the MLB, the game escalated quickly in the American League’s favor as the ever-talented Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sent a ball into the stands with his first plate appearance of what would prove to be an epic night. As the fourth ever leadoff homer in the top of the first in an All-Star Game, Trout made history with the first leadoff homerun in an All-Star Game in 26 years, which happened to occur three years before this All-Star was even born. Trout didn’t stop the thrilling moments there, and neither did the rest of the All-Star lineup. The American League took off with a 1-0 lead lasting into the bottom of the second, when the National League came back with a run to settle the score. Arizona Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt brought it home on an RBI single in the second for the NL,but the tie didn’t last long. The AL jumped ahead to 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth, when Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen knocked out a homer, but it was just too late. The AL continued to dominate, matching McCutchen’s run as Brain Dozier followed up by sending one flying out of the park.Throughout the night, the pitching mound made noise as Los Angeles Dodgers powerhouse Zack Greinke marked 4 strikeouts to become the second best pitcher in All-Star game history, just under 1999’s Pedro Martinez. Meanwhile, Felix Hernandez also added a 4th scoreless inning for his six All-Star Game appearances and 2014 National League Rookie of the Year Jacob DeGrom struck out three batters on just ten pitches. Despite their stellar performances, Detroit Tigers David Price got the win after throwing a scoreless 4th inning. Pitching at the All-Star Game continued to amaze all night as strike after strike was thrown, 15 total for the National League, but not enough to beat the hyper talented American League lineup. The NL fell to the AL 6-3 in an incredibly captivating All-American style game giving the American League home field advantage during the 2015 World Series.

Although the 2015 All-Star Game was filled with incredible talent all around, the man who deserves immense recognition is four time All-Star Mike Trout. Trout made history last night as the first player to win two consecutive All-Star Game MVP Awards, which puts him on par with eight Hall of Famers, including Ted Williams, but no other two-time MVPs brought home two consecutive awards nor could they do it so early on in their careers. If being named to the All-Star team four consecutive times isn’t impressive enough, Trout played a key role in four All-Star games by the age of 23 is undeniably a top talent in the league. Trout also became just the ninth player to hit for a career cycle during the All-Star Games with his first at bat each game recording a single in 2012, double in 2013, triple in 2014, and a leadoff home run in 2015. There’s no telling until next year’s All-Star match-up how far Trout’s dominance will extend, but what can be told and highly discussed is Mike Trout will quickly rise to the top of the MLB history rankings as the best position player known.

The United States Wins 2015 Women’s World Cup!


The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final between Japan and the United States proved to be a match-up for the ages with 90 minute of nail-biting, scream-at-your-television play. Despite being labeled an underdog entering the World Cup semi-finals, the United States Women’s Soccer team overcame the odds in the finals and defeated Japan 5-2 for the 2015 Women’s World Cup title.

After a devastating loss to Japan in the 2011 World Cup Final, Team USA entered this year’s Cup with championship hopes and in search of vengeance. At BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, Canada, on Sunday July 5th, the United States not only won their first World Cup since 1999, but completely dominated the final in doing so. While the entire team skillfully controlled the field and ran all over Japan’s defense, U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd stole the game just 5 minutes into the game with two early goals. Team USA’s Lauren Holiday furthered the lead with a goal at 14 minutes in and brought the score to 3-0. Lloyd followed up on Holiday’s goal two minutes later with an epic hat trick. With nearly 75 minutes of play remaining, the World Cup pretty much belonged to the United States. Although Japan was able to get on the scoreboard with two goals, it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome such an unforgiving United States team and Tobin Keith scored in the 54th to seal the win at a score of 5-2. While reveling in their victory, the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team was crowned champion while Carli Lloyd was voted the Golden ball as player of the tournament and Hope Solo won the Golden Glove as the best goal keeper of the tournament.

The United States Women’s National Team has reached the semifinals since the inception of the Women’s World Cup in 1991 and is now the most decorated women’s soccer team in sports history. Winning the 2015 Women’s World Cup victory marked Team USA’s first World Cup title in over 15 years and third overall. American player Carli Lloyd also made soccer history in a game that will be remembered forever, as the first American since 1991 to score multiple goals in a World Cup final and her hat trick was the fastest in World Cup History (men’s and women’s).

Commemorate your 2015 Women’s World Cup Champions collection by shopping U.S. Women’s National Team collectibles to take home a piece of the victory, here!

Kris Bryant Emerges As MLB Dynamo


Young gun Kris Bryant is a new, fresh face that’s starting to take the MLB by storm, specifically the Chicago Cubs. Does this energetic 23 year old have what it takes to be the one to lead the Cubs to a long awaited shot at the World Series? Perhaps, but where this guy came from and how he got to the top is something to know.

Bryant is a Las Vegas, Nevada native that began to make his move in baseball at the University of San Diego. In 2013 Kris won the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award as the best amateur baseball player. Bryant was then drafted in 2013 draft as the second overall pick to the Chicago Cubs. During his time in the Chicago Cubs minor league organization, Bryant was quickly named Minor League player of the year and rapidly rose through the ranking of minor league ball. Unlike most baseball players, Bryant shot right to the top of the system, finding himself in AAA in no time. The Cubs knew what they had in their back pocket and quick took action. Ranked as the number one prospect in baseball by Baseball America before the 2015 season, Kris Bryant knows his way around the baseball diamond and opposing teams know this.

Although he plays third base, Bryant is a powerful hitter with the stats to prove it. In the 67 games that he’s played in his first year in the Bigs, Bryant has a 275 batting average with 10 homeruns, 43 RBI, 41 runs and 68 hits. That’s huge! To come from the minors and break through so quickly in such a powerful fashion means something great will come from this newcomer’s career.  Having just five months under his Big League belt, Bryant has plenty of time and talent left in his career. But does this third baseman have what it takes to take Chicago’s beloved cubbies at least a few months closer to October this year or will the Cubs fall to pieces just when it counts?

Year after year it seems as though the Chicago Cubs might just have it going for them. But time and time again, the Cubs fall short with no hope of playoff beards in their future. With a skilled defensive player standing 6’5, it seems as though the Cubs might have found a viable solution to their lack of victories. It may only be June and it may just be coincidence, but for the first time in a decent while, the Cubs are not ranked last in their National League division, a feat that Cub fans can celebrate as of now.

Perhaps young Kris Bryant and experienced Anthony Rizzo will be able to lead the Cubs someplace all Chicago fans have dreamed of. Fingers crossed as Bryant continues to make his way to the top, one swing at a time.

The 2015 NBA Draft Sparks Hope for Franchises


With the completion of first round of the 2015 NBA Draft, dreams are coming true for young hopefuls as NBA teams used their early draft picks on the nation’s best players looking to enter the league. The highly anticipated 2015 NBA Draft started off with a thrill, as the Minnesota Timberwolves chose Karl-Anthony Towns, a highly decorated collegiate power forward and center out of the University of Kentucky, with the first overall pick.

As Towns heads to Minnesota, many NBA enthusiasts are expecting the Timberwolves to have a much improved year in the upcoming season after their not so memorable 16-66 record for 2015. Joining the Timberwolves from the highly competitive SEC, Towns posted an average 10 points per game with 6.7 average rebounds per game, which should take Minnesota’s offense to new heights in the future. With the first pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves could be on their way out of last place in the Western Conference and on their way to the top of the league.

With the 2nd overall pick, the Los Angeles Lakers added a truly talented guard to their roster with D’Angelo Russell from the Ohio State University. Awarded the Jerry West Shooting Award in his last season with the Buckeyes, Russell is projected to add some much needed shooting skills to Kobe Bryant’s struggling team. After a 21-61 record in the previous season, Russell’s 19.3 PPG is sure to help the Lakers at least break 500 next season.

2015 NCAA Champion, Jahil Okafor from the Duke University Blue Devils was selected with the 3rd overall by Philadelphia 76ers. As another team that can use a fresh face to improve their poor 18-64 record from last season, Okafor is a tremendous incoming asset to the Sixers. Possessing a raw talent at center, the Sixers added a much needed asset to their roster with Okafor shooting 7.3 PPG in just one year with Duke.

Kristaps Porzingis from Latvia signed with the New York Knicks as the 4th overall pick of the draft to bring his power forward/center skills and hope to the struggling franchise. Standing at 7’1″ and full of skill, Porzingis, along with other future New York draft picks, will bring a drastic improvement to the 17-65 Knicks. As a team that has had a rough recent history, the addition of Porzingis to the Knick is something that will be greatly appreciated by New York basketball fans everywhere.

5th overall pick Mario Hezonja is taking his Croatian-born, Barcelona-played talents to the Orlando Magic for 2015. Although he may not be a household name, it won’t take long for this upcoming small forward to emerge as a powerhouse in the NBA. Don’t count out the Magic as they add the early draft pick to their roster and sneak up as one of the league’s top talent in the future.

The Denver Nuggets snagged Emmanuel Mudiay with the 7th overall pick and immediately took their roster’s talent to the next level. After a 30-52 record in the 2014-2015 season, selecting the talented young point guard might be one of the best decisions Denver has made in quite some time. The scoring-fiend is sure to help the Nuggets pull themselves up by their bootstraps and rise up as a great basketball franchise once again.

Frank the Tank Kaminsky snuck into the top ten selections of the NBA Draft as the 9th overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets have struggled in recent history, but their newest head coach Steve Clifford is bringing new talent to their roster might be just what Charlotte needs to break 500 in the upcoming season. With skill that led the Badgers to the NCAA Championship finals, Kaminsky could be the x-factor that the Charlotte Hornets have been missing.

Finishing off the top ten picks of the 2015 NBA Draft is final selection Justise Winslow, who is certain to prove to be unforgettable. After just one season playing for Duke University, the All-star ACC player emerged as a key player to Duke’s success in the NCAA Championship game and became a fan-favorite nationwide. Selected as the 10th overall pick by the Miami Heat, this shooting guard is expected to bring huge ups, massive skill, and much needed heat to a roster that unperformed in the 2014-2015 season.

As the excitement of the 2015 NBA draft continues, only time will tell which franchises will come out with on top with their newest players. Basketball fans worldwide can revel in the anticipation of the upcoming NBA season, as new and rising stars join the rosters of their favorite teams.

A-Rod Hits 3,000!


Formerly known for his record-breaking accomplishments and success,  New York Yankees‘ Alex Rodriguez was once dubbed an MLB icon alone, but he’s also become very familiar with scandal over his twenty year career. On June 19th, 2015 Alex Rodriguez added to his lengthy resume and became the 29th player in baseball history to record 3,000 career hits. Reaching a feat that is something every major leaguer dreams of is an incredible accomplishment and puts the third base power hitter among several all-time greats, but it is also something that the baseball world is torn over.

This controversy didn’t emerge over Rodriguez’s skill, but instead, it comes over the fact that not all of those 3,000 hits were “legal”. After being suspended for a season, A-Rod is back and trying to prove his talent to the world without steroids. He served his punishment, ended the use of performance enhancing drugs, and returned to the field legally, but with a vengeance. Since his return, Alex Rodriguez has been racking up home runs like they’re base hits and relentlessly proving his talent. Despite his steroid-free success, spectators would like to take away his prestige for earning 3,000 hits. Many have question if a player who “cheated” his way to the top should be allowed to keep his statistics. Some critics have even suggested the idea of placing an asterisk next to the accomplishment to signal that his record came partially from the notorious Steroid Era. That would also that any other player who used PEDs and were among the best would also have some of their accomplishments stripped of merit and downplayed, including many all-time greats, such as Barry Bonds or Mark McGuire.


Although some MLB fans and players may think this 3,000 record is entirely a fraud and needs to be removed or altered in order to be fair, America’s favorite pastime has had many different periods through its history and has grown with the nation. The Steroid Era is one of these periods. It was an upsetting time for millions of baseball fans, but once trials took place and punishments were had, the MLB organization cracked down on PED use and things improved greatly on the diamond. Moving forward, there hadn’t been a steroid controversy as large as A-Rod’s for nearly a decade, but when it hit, there was a massive wave of disappointment, anger, and confusion for MLB fans everywhere. Time has passed, a punishment and fine were implemented, and Rodriguez was welcomed back to baseball. While he wasn’t given a warm welcome from the majority of the baseball world, A-Rod took the right steps to change his ways and made his come back doing the one thing he knows best. The past cannot be changed and baseball fans can only accept A-Rod’s return, 3,000 career hits and all. While cheating is not being promoted, the large looming question is, will A-Rod be remembered as a league great or a disdained cheater, despite his clear talent? Only time will tell if the MLB keeps his stats as is, but  100% yes, Alex Rodriguez should be memorialized as a talent that many could not touch, with or without steroid.

There is no denying that A-Rod makes it look easy every time he steps up to the plate, and his 3,000th his was no exception. Rodriguez’s 3,000 hit soared into the stands, showing this player has an undeniable gift. With form that is close to perfection and a swing that any other MLB player would for, truly make A-Rod a power player. These aren’t things steroids create, they are the raw skill he possesses that cannot be taken away or downplayed. Alex Rodriguez is talented without a doubt and maybe it’s time to accept his taken and skill that were previously overshadowed by controversy.

The Chicago Blackhawks Add a Third Stanley Cup to Impressive Dynasty


Whether you’re a die-hard NHL fan or a casual spectator, it’s guaranteed you at least know about the recent hockey powerhouse known as the Chicago Blackhawks. After the strange and somewhat oxymoronic occurrence of a Florida team being their opponent in the 2015 Stanley Cup, the Blackhawks took home their third championship in the past six years.

In the nail-biting 2015 Stanley Cup Finals, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning played an unforgettable six game series. Although Chicago took the lead quickly, winning the first game of the series in Tampa Bay, it quickly became tied with the Lightning clinching Game Two. While Chicago lost Game Three on their home rink, they bounced back to show dominance winning the next three games and the series 4-2. There are few things sweeter than winning a Championship title at home in front of your fans, and that’s just what the Blackhawks managed to do for the first time in 77 years on Game Six. With Duncan Keith scoring the first goal, the Blackhawks began to set themselves up for victory. When Patrick Kane shot one into the net in the third, Chicago could taste the victory already, but the team worked for that championship every second of the game. With this win, the Chicago Blackhawks began to hear the words “dynasty” circle around as they proudly hoisted up the shiny coveted Stanley Cup for the fans to see.


What the Blackhawks have built in the past decade is something not many Hockey teams can claim. With six Stanley Cup titles in franchise history, Chicago is tied with Boston for second most titles won by an NHL organization. Even more impressive is the turn around during the 2015 Stanley Cup series when the Blackhawks miraculously came back to win the cup in what looked like a series that the Tampa Bay Lightning was going to take with ease. But the bigger story here is the titles they continue to bring back to The Windy City since 2010. They have won three titles in the last six years (2015, 2013, and 2010); an remarkable feat for a franchise in any sport. Can sports fan truly call this the start of a dynasty or is it just luck? Can the Blackhawks make Chicago a Championship city?

After the Blackhawks brought home the Cup to Chicago, it was back to work for the champions. What makes them so strong are not just their Stanley Cup appearances or their come from behind attitude to win it all, it’s something more impressive and hard to deny. During the regular season, the Blackhawks average over 50% of score adjusted even strength shot attempts, something that consistently leaves them in the top five teams yearly, and serves as further proof of the power and skill this Chicago team has. During the 2014-2015 season alone, the Blackhawks scored 150 goals and allowed just 129 goals. This in partial to standout goalie Corey Crawford, but he alone is not carrying the team. The entire Chicago Blackhawks roster seems to have this winning thing down and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight as the team will resign at least five of their key performance players.

Considering all of Chicago’s glory in recent years, is this truly a dynasty? If it were up to the heads of the NHL, I think they would already be calling this power team the next greatest dynasty. But putting such a big title on a team could be disastrous, as has been noticed in other teams throughout sports. Could this dynasty just be luck? Could it be a similar situation to the Miami Heat’s short-lived dynasty that crumbled when players began to be traded to other teams? Perhaps it is, but only time will be able to tell. Until that time comes, Chicago will bask in the glory of being a Championship City, something it hasn’t been able to do for any other sport for quite some time. They have a powerhouse hockey dynasty in their presence and no city can take that away from them just yet.

Fanatics Authentic Brings Biggest Names in Sports to Boston


The Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular returned to Boston for a second time with one of its top line-ups in the collectibles show’s history. With appearances by more than 40 athletes, Fanatics Authentic took up residence at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Boston on the Weekend of June 5th to bring sports fans three days of exciting autograph signings and events.

A star-studded lineup brought athletes from across all major professional sports to Chicago to meet with sports fans, sign autographs, and pose for unique photo opportunities. In addition to headliners Malcolm Butler, Dan Marino, David Ortiz, and Pedro Martinez, the Fanatics Authentic show featured appearances by a range of premier athletes, including Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, the legendary Bo Jackson, and Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith. The Boston collectibles show also hosted the 40th Anniversary of the 1975 Red Sox with appearances by more than 15 former Boston stars, including Carlton Fisk, Jim Rice, Fred Lynn, and Dwight Evans, as well as roll back pricing for “Today’s Stars at Yesterday’s Prices” with discounts on autographs from  Steve Grogan and Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd.

Take a look behind the scenes at the action from the 2015 Boston Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular below:

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American Pharoah Wins 2015 Triple Crown!


On June 6th, 2015 at the Belmont Stakes, American Pharoah made sports history crossed the finish line first overall to become the first Triple Crown Winner in 37 years. This symbolic victory was American Pharoah’s seventh consecutive first place victory and made him the twelfth horse ever earn Triple Crown honors. Since the last horse to win the three iconic races that result in the Triple Crown Award was Affirmed in 1978, American Pharoah and jockey Victor Espinoza finally put an end to horse-racing’s 37-year drought.

After four straight race victories from September 2, 2014 to April 11, 2015, American Pharoah made his first appearance at the Kentucky Derby under the lead of Victor Espinoza. Entering the race, American Pharoah was considered the favorite to win from the eighteen horses in the competition. American Pharoah went on too take first at the 2015 race with ease, giving Espinoza his third career victory at the Kentucky Derby. Winning back-to-back Kentucky Derbies, the horse racing world should have expected a thrilling spring for Victor Espinoza and rising horse American Pharoah. Despite the heavy downpour on the day of the Preakness Stakes, American Pharoah persevered for the win and being the only horse with experience racing in such weather conditions. American Pharoah won first place by seven lengths and the hype of a potential Triple Crown winner began. Prior to riding American Pharoah, Espinoza had two other opportunities to win the Triple Crown, but failed to do so with War Emblem in 2002 and California Chrome in 2014. Both of these horses took first at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, only to fall short at the Belmont Stakes. Falling just short of the Triple Crown twice before, Espinoza long desired for that last victory at Belmont Stakes and to write his name in horse racing history among previous greats.Once Victor Espinoza took over, American Pharoah has gone undefeated since and he became the oldest jockey to ever win the Triple Crown.

As the 2015 Belmont Stakes approached, American Pharoah was once again a heavy favorite to win. On race day, American Pharoah certainly didn’t disappoint, while displaying his true dominance on the track and won by 5 ½ lengths. Coming in first place within a record 2 minutes and 26.65 seconds, American Pharoah became the first horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown and the 12th ever. Completing the Triple Crown is a remarkable accomplishment and there is no horse more worthy of the title than the unforgettable American Pharoah.

Don’t forget to take home a piece of sports history and shop the 2015 Triple Crown Memorabilia Collection!





Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Every year on Father’s Day, neck ties and watches are predominant and overdone, so why not show Dad how much you truly care with a unique gift this holiday? For the dad with a passion for sports, you can’t go wrong with authentic autographed sports memorabilia. Whether your father is the ultimate sports fan or a dedicated collector, you can’t go wrong this holiday by shopping our Father’s Day gift guide below for the top ten sports gifts for men.

Top Sports Memorabilia Gifts for Father’s Day:

  1. Signed Photos – Give your dad a gift that preserves all of his favorite sports moments for life by shopping autographed sports photos. You can even build a personalized Father’s Day gift with a customized frame for a signed photo to create a present that’s as meaningful as your relationship.
  2. Autographed Baseballs – A signed baseball is a classic gift to any fan of the major league. A baseball signed by your father’s all-time favorite MLB player, whether it be rising star Clayton Kershaw or the iconic Derek Jeter, is a present that Dad will always treasure.
  3. Signed Jerseys – Show dad he’ll always be number one on your team with an autographed jersey for this Father’s Day. Thank the man who cheered you on through life by giving him a sports jersey to celebrate his favorite athlete on game day.
  4. Display Cases – Preserve the everlasting relationship with your father and the quality of his most-prized sports possessions with the gift of a display case. A display case is also a thoughtful present for the father that’s already a collector and supports his hobby.
  5. Autographed Mini Helmets – Pass on buying the “World’s Greatest Dad” mug, and give your father a gift he’ll actually want to show off at the office with a signed mini helmet. Autographed mini helmets are a Father’s Day gift that looks great displayed anywhere and will always bring back his most love NFL memories.
  6. Autographed Footballs – Express your loyalty to the man that always has your back by shopping for a signed football for this Father’s Day. You can’t go wrong with an autographed football in honor of one of the NFL’s top players to make Father’s Day special.
  7. Signed NFL Helmets – Whether you’re shopping for the sports fanatic or the office executive, an autographed helmet is a great gift for every dad. As an awesome display for the home or office, a dad that’s love the NFL will always think of you fondly when he sees at his signed football.
  8. Autographed Hockey Pucks – For the vivacious father with a passion for the NHL, a signed hockey puck is a gift that is sure to excite on Father’s Day. A puck with the team logo and a star player’s autograph from your dad’s favorite team will give him the gift of reliving all of hockey’s most thrilling moments this holiday.
  9. Signed Basketballs – Score big with dad on Father’s Day by giving him an autographed basketball to commemorate his favorite NBA All-Star. Purchase a ball signed by a retired sports icon, such as Michael Jordan, or current star, like league MVP Stephen Curry, for a gift that will please any father that’s an NBA fan.
  10. Autographed Trading CardsTrading cards are among the most popular sports collectibles on the market and are a timeless gift for dads with a longtime love for sports. Prove the love you have for your father is as everlasting as the career of a sports superstar, such as Peyton Manning, with a trading card signed by his biggest sports hero.

Golden State Warriors Head to the 2015 NBA Finals


On a night where the Golden State Warriors really struggled to find any kind of rhythm on offense, small forward Harrison Barnes came up big in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals for a trip to the championship. Courtesy of Barnes’s spectacular 24 points, the Warriors are heading to the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years for the chance to take home the coveted Larry O’Brien Trophy.

During the regular season, Harrison Barnes averaged just a little over 10 points per game but truly shined during his postseason performance when the Warriors needed it most in Game 5 of the Conference Finals. Despite facing a difficult time landing his shot against the Rockets and shooting just 7 for 21 from the field, league MVP Stephen Curry still posted 26 points to go along with eight rebounds and six assists. Unfortunately, Golden State shooting guard Klay Thompson was only able to log 22 minutes due to foul trouble and a flying knee by Houston Rockets small forward Trevor Ariza. With 9 minutes and 31 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Thompson got Ariza to bite on a pump fake, and while Ariza was still up in the air, Thompson made a move right into his knee. It appeared to be unintentional but Klay Thompson went down hard. Luckily, there is a week before the NBA Finals begin on June 4th, giving Klay Thompson a week to rest up and prepare to battle for the league title.

In addition to falling short of the big game, Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden broke a record during the Conference Finals that isn’t one to be particularly proud of. Prior to Game 5, the previous record for the most turnovers by one player in a playoff game was held by John Williamson with 11; Harden surpassed that number and finished the game with 13 turnovers. The Golden State Warriors defense also seriously limited his shooting abilities, allowing Harden just 2 for 11 from the field. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr went on to praise Andre Iguodala’s defensive effort on James Harden, which was accompanied by 28 outstanding minutes from backup center Festus Ezeli. Normally, Ezeli does not see the court for too long but the Warriors needed a big body to defend Dwight Howard. Only one rebound shy of a double-double, Festus Ezeli’s efforts helped lift the Golden State Warriors over the Houston Rockets by a score of 104 to 90.

The Warriors haven’t won an NBA Championship since 1975 and the franchise hopes to change history next week. After sweeping the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers will meet the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for Game 1 on June 4th. The two Finals participants match up well against one another, making the outlook for this series very close. The championship will feature arguably the two best players in the NBA between LeBron James and Stephen Curry. It will be very interesting to see if the Cavaliers defense can slow down Curry and the Warriors, while Golden State’s ability to stop King James will be put to the test. Without the services of power forward Kevin Love to accompany Kyrie Irving, Cleveland might suffer when it comes to matching up against the high scoring tempo in Golden State. Clear your schedule sports fans because this is going to be one of the most exciting NBA Finals in recent basketball history.

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