Posts Tagged ‘NBA finals’

Philly Sports Headlines- Warriors win fourth championship, Phils allow 19 runs

June 19th, 2015 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Philly Sports Headlines- Warriors win fourth championship, Phils allow 19 runs | Filed in General, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly

NBA Finals

On Tuesday, the Golden State Warriors beat Lebron James and the Cavaliers in game six of the Finals 105-97 to win their fourth NBA championship, and their first since 1975. Former 76ers’ small forward (2004-12) Andre Iguodala won the Bill Russell Award, for Finals MVP, becoming the first player in league history to win the award despite not starting every game (or a single game in the regular season). In the finals, Iguodala started games 4-6, and well, the graphics below tell you all you need to know, in terms of his impact on the series.

-It was the longest gap between championships in NBA history (40 years). The previous high
-Golden State’s now ranked fourth all-time among NBA teams in championships (4), behind Boston (17), LA (16), Chicago (6), and the Spurs (5).
-Steph Curry is the 1st player since Shaq to win his first MVP award and title in the same season (6th in NBA history). Lebron James became the first player ever to lead both teams in the Finals all three major statistical categories (points per game, assists per game, and rebounds per game). For the series, per game, he averaged: 35.8 points, 8.8 assists, and 13.8 rebounds. Many believe that he should’ve beat Iguodala out for Finals MVP. Surprisingly, Steph Curry didn’t even get a vote (Iguodala had 7 votes, to James’ 4)

Golden State’s 83 combined wins this year (regular season + postseason) are the third most in NBA history, behind only the 1995-96 (87-13) and 1996-97 (84-17) Chicago Bulls, all three of which won the title that year. Besides that fact, what do the three teams have in common? Steve Kerr. Kerr’s Golden State’s head coach, in his first year (67-15), and was a Bulls’ shooting guard from 1993-98, behind Ron Harper. Kerr’s the first rookie NBA coach to win a title since Pat Riley did it in 1982 with Los Angeles. Kerr finished as the runner-up this season in NBA Coach of the Year voting, behind only Atlanta’s Mike Budenholzer (60-22).

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5 things I learned about the NBA this year…

June 18th, 2014 by Jeremy Bonnette | Comments Off on 5 things I learned about the NBA this year… | Filed in Basketball, General, Sports

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Congratulations to the Spurs for completely dominating the Heat in the NBA finals this year.   There were many that chose them to beat Miami, but very few that thought they’d crush them like that. As we look forward to the draft in a few days, and free agency soon after, I want to share with you the top 5 things I came away with from this year.

5. This year’s draft is supposed to be good. REALLY GOOD.

Owners around the league have been trading players, draft picks, and leveraging assets, all for a chance to strike gold in this year’s draft, which is supposedly very strong. As a fan of the Sixers, I tuned in to last year’s draft, last month’s lottery, and have been closely monitoring any chirping going on about player news. Don’t ask me how Cleveland got the number one pick AGAIN, but it seems like the majority of the early-mid choices will contribute to their respective teams sooner rather than later.

4. Lebron James may be taking his talents somewhere else next year.

I may be over thinking this, but did you hear James’s answer when he was asked what his plans were for next year? I counted 5 seconds before he answered the question, and when the best player in the world does not answer that emphatically, then one has to think he’s already thinking about his potential departure. I mean…it’s very similar to the answers he gave in Cleveland…no?

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New NBA Finals Format Voted For

October 24th, 2013 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on New NBA Finals Format Voted For | Filed in Baseball, General, Sports

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The NBA has had the same format for the NBA Finals for nearly 30 years, but starting this season it will change.

No longer will we see the 2-3-2 format that we are so used to, now it will go to the new 2-2-1-1-1 format after a unanimous owner vote today. The move will now make the format for every series the same way, and as a result of the rest period an extra day off has been added between games 6 and 7.

I was never a big fan of the format, because I felt like in a 2-2 series, if the away team in game 5 wins the series is basically over since they go home for games 6 and 7 needing just one win. For example, if this format was in place last season Game 6 of the NBA Finals would have been in San Antonio, not Miami.

Here is a quick breakdown of how the series will go if you are confused (based off last years finals):

  • Game 1: Miami
  • Game 2: Miami
  • Game 3: San Antonio
  • Game 4: San Antonio
  • Game 5: Miami
  • Game 6: San Antonio
  • Game 7: Miami

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NBA Finals Preview: Heat vs Thunder

June 13th, 2012 by Sam Shipley | 1 Comment | Filed in Basketball, General, Sports

LeBron vs KD, Here we go!

The NBA Finals begin tonight in Oklahoma City, as the Thunder and Heat will square off for an NBA Championship. Besides the fact that these are arguably the two best teams in the league, they have the two best players in the world. The Heat have MVP LeBron James and the Thunder have NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant. Each team also has two of the top guards in the league, the Dwayne Wade (Heat) and Russel Westbrook (OKC). This finals matchup is so intriguing for so many reasons, this is the first time that the scoring champ and MVP have faced each other in the finals since MJ and Karl Malone. There is a lot more than that, so lets get right into it.

Drafted Big 3 vs. Signed Big 3

The Thunder and Heat have the two best “Big 3’s” in basketball, but both are very different. The Thunders Big 3 was assembled through the draft, while the Heat signed two of the three players via free agency in 2010. For example, the Thunder have 3 guards with one of their players coming off the bench and the Heat have a guard and two forwards. So lets go through what both trio’s like to do:

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2011 NBA Finals Preview: Heat-Mavericks

May 30th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on 2011 NBA Finals Preview: Heat-Mavericks | Filed in Basketball, General

It all comes down to this

After a long grueling season for both the Heat and the Mavericks, they find themselves as the two final teams left in the quest to win the NBA title. Most had written the Mavericks off after they finished as the three seed in the Western Conference. In fact many analysts picked the Mavericks to be upset in the first round by the Trailblazers, well not only did they get through Portland, but they swept the defending champion Lakers, and smoldered the Thunder in just five games.

The Heat have found themselves with an easier road to the finals. They have won each of their three series in five games. While they have been tested in quite a few of those games, they have yet to actually be tested in a series. We haven’t had the chance to see how they handle a critical situation, such as a Game 4 while being down 2-1. The Heat have picked up their play at the right time, which is a key aspect in the playoffs.

The Mavericks present a different kind of test for Miami. Dallas has been burring the jumpers from any area of the floor. The only team in the playoffs that could match the Mavericks in the veteran department was Boston, however Dallas’s vets have been playing at a much higher level and more importantly they are getting some key minutes from their bench, let’s take a look at some of the keys to this series for both teams.

(All stats gathered from NBA.com/statscube)

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