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Golden State Warriors Head to the 2015 NBA Finals
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Stephen Curry Named 2015 NBA MVP
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The 2015 NBA Playoffs Have Arrived!

Golden State Warriors Head to the 2015 NBA Finals

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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.

Stephen Curry Named 2015 NBA MVP

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The Golden State Warriors finished the 2014-2015 NBA regular season as the number one seed in the Western Conference with 67 wins. Their dominant season is largely courtesy of the strong play from point guard Stephen Curry. Curry was always one of the top players in the NBA, but this year under new head coach Steve Kerr, the two-time All-Star took his game to another level and was named 2015 NBA Most Valuable Player.

In just under 33 minutes per game, Stephen Curry averaged 23.8 points per game to go along with 7.7 assists and over 4 rebounds per game throughout the 2014-2015 regular season. The six year veteran is also recognized as arguably the best shooter in NBA history and for good reason. During the 2012-2013 NBA regular season, Curry hit 272 three pointers which broke the all-time record held by Ray Allen. He went on to break his own record this year with 286 threes and shot over 44 percent from beyond the arc while doing so. Curry also shot over 91 percent from the free throw line. The Warriors were ranked as one of the top defenses in the league and Stephen Curry even contributed to this reputation, while averaging two steals per game.

For most of the second half of the NBA regular season, it seemed like Stephen Curry was neck and neck with Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden for the MVP trophy, but by the end of the season it was clear which player was well deserving of the trophy. The Warriors won 11 more games than the Rockets and Curry ended up blowing Harden out of the water when it came down to the MVP voting. Out of the 130 first place votes, Stephen Curry received 100 of them and the Warriors have a very special team this season thanks to their All-Star point guard. Leading the Warriors into the postseason with a first round sweep, Stephen Curry is the clear MVP of the league and hopes to bring Golden State its first championship since 1975.

In addition to his unbelievable jump shot that put his name on the map, many basketball fans would say that Stephen Curry has one of the best handles in the NBA, which makes him so tough to defend against. Curry can get his shot off at will and if the defense leaves him any inch of space, chances are it’s going to be a long night chasing the 6’3 point guard around the court. Earning his first league MVP title just six seasons into his professional basketball career, Stephen Curry is already on his way to ranking among the top player of his generation and writing his name in NBA lore.

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The 2015 NBA Playoffs Have Arrived!

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With the conclusion of a thrilling 82-game regular season, the competition is getting even hotter as the 2015 NBA Playoffs get under way. All sixteen spots in the playoffs were up for grabs for the majority of the season and as the regular season play began to wind down, one final night of play would decide the two number eight seeds for the postseason. Facing a tie in both conferences, the New Orleans Pelicans and Brooklyn Nets just barely clinched a postseason berth to set the stage for another thrilling postseason.

For the eight seed in the Eastern Conference, the regular season came to a close with a showdown between the Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets. Before a Pacers loss that eliminated Indiana from the postseason, both teams had 38-44 records, but only the Nets earned the chance to continue their season for what’ll likely be just four more games against the Atlanta Hawks. Cruising to the top seed, Atlanta is seven games ahead in the East and will coast through the first round, and maybe even the second. Regardless of the Hawk’s dominant lead, LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers are quickly emerging as the favorite to take the Conference Championship and advance to the NBA Finals. While the Cavs look to assert their dominance in the first series and will likely defeat the seventh seeded Celtics in a blown out, Boston has a bright future ahead considering their seven additional first round picks. The third seeded Chicago Bulls defeated the Hawks in the last game of the season to jump ahead of the Toronto Raptors, but may have been better off losing and ranking fourth rather than eventually facing the dangerous Cavaliers for a chance to compete for the conference title. Beneath the East’s big three players, the rest of the conference is fairly weak. In the fourth spot, the Raptors barely kept their home court advantage against the Washington Wizards, who would benefit from a first round exit and replacing their coach. Then there is a Milwaukee Bucks team that is using their trip to the postseason to integrate the hopeful new face of the franchise, Michael Carter-Williams.

The eighth postseason team to compete in the West Conference also came down to a tiebreaker between the New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma State Thunder. After both teams finished the regular season with 45 wins and 37 losses, the Thunder made a surprising exit from the postseason and the Pelicans advanced to the playoffs for a rough first round beating from the dominant Golden State Warriors. Even with future NBA great leading the Pelicans into the postseason, Anthony Davis is not quite talented enough to take down the the number one seeded Warriors and the Splash Brothers. Closing out the regular season with a ten game advantage in the West, it’s going to be tough for any team in the conference to stop Golden State. Regardless, the two and three seeded, the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers will look to emerge as contenders. The Rockets and the Clippers are sure to move onto the second round with a depleting San Antonio Spurs teams and the mediocre Dallas Mavericks, standing in their way. After dropping from the second seed to the sixth seed due to a loss to the Pelicans, the defending champion Spurs will have to play exceptionally well on the road for the duration of their postseason run and fight their way back to the top for a shot at another trip to the finals. In a first round match-up between the Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies, a fourth seed with a worse record than the six seed will face an injury ridden roster for a series that could fall in favor of either team.

Although the postseason is almost a week in and the first round is reaching Game 3, the NBA is still as the beginning of a very lengthy road to the 2015 NBA Finals. Basketball fans should gear up for a month of play that will keep them at the edge of their seats, because each of these sixteen teams wont let the crown slip through their fingers easily. With plenty of epic plays and shocking upsets to come, even a minute of the 2015 NBA Playoffs should not be missed.

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