2015 NBA Finals Preview

As I sit here waiting for the NBA Finals in about 2 hours Cavalier fan is waiting to see what our team will do. Can this franchise win it’s first NBA title and bring the first professional championship to Cleveland in 51 years. On the other side Golden State hasn’t won a championship in 40 years. The Warriors have no players with NBA Finals experience, which may or may not play a factor in this series. Tonight begins the road to that elusive championship for both teams.

Backcourt

The Warriors have the best backcourt in the league in Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. They are two of the best shooters in the league from the three point line. Curry has made himself a top five player with his MVP season. Thompson has grown each season into one of the better two way players in the NBA. Cleveland’s backcourt story is a little different with Kyrie Irving being limited because of injuries. Irving and Iman Shumpert will need to do something special to keep this matchup close.

Edge: Warriors

Frontcourt

Lebron James is on a mission that could enhance his legacy to an even higher level if he brings the trophy back to Cleveland. Draymond Green who has become the Warriors best frontcourt player will have his hands full trying to check the King. Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes will need to keep Tristan Thompson off the boards, which nobody has been able to do this post season.

Edge: Cavaliers

Bench

There is no question the Warriors have the deeper bench in which they can go five deep into the bench. At the most Cleveland will go three deep into their bench. No Warriors bench player is as explosive as J.R. Smith who can go off for 30+ points on any given night will be an x factor.

Edge: Even

Prediction: Cavaliers in 6.

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NBA Finals Game 3 Heat 91 Thunder 85

The Miami Heat are two games away from silencing their critics after beating the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday night.

Point Guard

Westbrook had another good game scoring 19 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Westbrook sat out a large part of the 3rd quarter along with Kevin Durant who was in foul trouble. I don’t think you can have both of these players out at the same time. Also Westbrook needs finish better at the rack, because he missed several layups. Chalmers did nothing in this game.

Edge: Thunder

Shooting Guard

Wade had a great game getting 25 points,7 rebounds and 7 assists. Wade played with energy and purpose. The Heat will need more of this to close out this series. Sefolosha is in for his defensive abilities and he needs to play better defense on whoever he is guarding.

Edge: Heat

Center

Perkins had a good game getting 10 points and 12 boards. When the Heat puts him in the pick and roll he becomes a liability on defense. Bosh got 10 points and 11 rebounds against the Thunder. Bosh also protected the rim getting 2 blocks and changing several shots.

Edge: Heat

Small Forward

Lebron is the MVP hands down going for 29 and 14 and holding Durant to 4 points in the 4th quarter. Durant got his as usual, but he got into foul trouble again. Brooks needs to change Durant’s defensive assignment to someone other than Lebron James.

Edge: Heat

Power Forward

Battier hit a couple of treys and took some charges. That’s what he’s in there for. Ibaka needs to get focused and get more minutes. Ibaka is a rim protector and he needs him to do that. Also he needs stop committing dumb fouls.

Edge: Heat

Benches

Nothing special is happening here for either team. Harden has not had good series so far the Thunder need him to play like did in the regular season. Fisher the old vet has played okay, but needs to remember what his role.

Edge: Even

Thunder adjustments

  1. Take Durant off Lebron
  2. Put Sefolosha on Lebron
  3. Put Westbrook on Wade
  4. Use Ibaka at center
  5. Don’t turn the rock over
  6. Protect the paint better
  7. Keep Durant out foul trouble

 

 

What Oklahoma City Needs To Do To Win Game 3

  1. Keep their turnovers to a minimum
  2. Make Miami shoot jump shoots
  3. Keep Miami out of the paint
  4. Don’t play Kendrick Perkins about 20 minutes or less
  5. Make sure Durant takes the most shots
  6. Keep stars out of foul trouble
  7. Westbrook needs at least 10 dimes
  8. Play better defense on Miami spot up shooters

NBA Calendar

Friday-Sunday  All-Star  Weekend, Orlando, Fla

April 26: Regular season ends

April 27: Rosters set for playoffs, 3 p.m.

April 28: Playoffs begin

April 29: Draft early entry eligibilty deadline, 11:59 p.m.

May 30: Draft Lottery

June 12: NBA Finals begin (possible move up to June 10)

June 18: Draft early entry withdrawal deadline, 5 p.m.

June 26: Last possible date for the Finals

June 28: NBA Draft

July 1-10 Moratorium period

July 11: Teams may begin signing free agents