Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NBA Finals (delayed posting, sorry) by Joshua Liao

The NBA Finals

                The 2015 NBA finals are underway, a dream matchup that fans have been anticipating for all season. What better matchup could anyone have asked for? The 2015 League MVP Steph Curry and his legendary shot leads the Golden State Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers and the league’s best player, LeBron James. Basketball has quickly become one of America’s most popular sports due to the fact that it can be played by oneself as well as a team. None of the other major sports – football, baseball, volleyball, tennis, soccer - can make the same claim. As a result, more people than normal have tuned in to see this star-studded matchup. The Cavaliers come in limping with several all-star players injured and riding the back of their LeBron James. He has averaged an eye-popping 40 points per game over the first three games of the series and helped Cleveland to build a 2-1 lead. Curry has struggled at times in his first NBA finals, showing only flashes of this brilliant shooting.  Even then, the first two games went into overtime and the third was marked by an improbable comeback by the Warriors that ultimately fell short. However, this is a best of seven series. The Cavs will win if LeBron James, who has played nearly every single minuet of the series, has enough stamina to keep up his inspiring play through at least 6 games. If Curry and fellow shooter Kris Thompson get hot and the Warriors start hitting their crunch-time shots, they will win. On a personal level it is extremely hard to root for one side. You want to see LeBron succeed on his return to Cleveland after a four year absence. On the other hand, the Warriors have some of the league’s most likeable players and they haven’t won a championship in forty years. Either way, the series promises to one that will be talked about by basketball fans for years to come.

Joshua Liao

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