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 Power Rankings Week 2

RK Team W L
1 Memphis Grizzlies 6 1
2 Houston Rockets 6 1
3 Toronto Raptors 6 1
4 Golden State Warriors 5 1
5 Sacramento Kings 5 2
6 Chicago Bulls 5 2
7 Washington Wizards 5 2
8 Miami Heat 5 2
9 Los Angeles Clippers 4 2
10 Brooklyn Nets 4 2
11 New Orleans Pelicans 3 2
12 Portland Trail Blazers 4 3
13 Dallas Mavericks 4 3
14 Phoenix Suns 4 3
15 Boston Celtics 3 3
16 Utah Jazz 3 4
17 Charlotte Hornets 3 4
18 Milwaukee Bucks 3 4
19 San Antonio Spurs 2 3
20 Cleveland Cavaliers 2 3
21 Atlanta Hawks 2 3
22 Minnesota Timberwolves 2 4
23 Detroit Pistons 2 4
24 Orlando Magic 2 4
25 Oklahoma City Thunder 2 5
26 New York Knicks 2 5
27 Denver Nuggets 1 5
28 Los Angeles Lakers 1 5
29 Indiana Pacers 1 5
30 Philadelphia 76ers 0 7

NBA Power Rankings Western Conference Week 2

RK Western Conference ▴ W L
1 Memphis Grizzlies 6 1
2 Houston Rockets 6 1
3 Golden State Warriors 5 1
4 Sacramento Kings 5 2
5 Los Angeles Clippers 4 2
6 New Orleans Pelicans 3 2
7 Portland Trail Blazers 4 3
8 Dallas Mavericks 4 3
9 Phoenix Suns 4 3
10 Utah Jazz 3 4
11 San Antonio Spurs 2 3
12 Minnesota Timberwolves 2 4
13 Oklahoma City Thunder 2 5
14 Denver Nuggets 1 5
15 Los Angeles Lakers 1 5

NBA Power Rankings Week 1

  1. San Antonio Spurs
  2. Chicago Bulls
  3. Cleveland Cavaliers
  4. LA Clippers
  5. Houston Rockets
  6. Golden State Warriors
  7. Dallas Mavericks
  8. Portland Trail Blazers
  9. Oklahoma City Thunder
  10. Miami Heat
  11. Washington Wizards
  12. Toronto Raptors
  13. New Jersey Nets
  14. New Orleans Hornets
  15. Charlotte Bobcats
  16. Atlanta Hawks
  17. Denver Nuggets
  18. Memphis Grizzlies
  19. New York Knicks
  20. Detroit Pistons
  21. Indiana Pacers
  22. Phoenix Suns
  23. Sacramento Kings
  24. Boston Celtics
  25. LA Lakers
  26. Milwaukee Bucks
  27. Minnesota Timberwolves
  28. Orlando Magic
  29. Philadelphia Sixers
  30. Utah Jazz

December NBA Power Rankings

RK Team W L Pct
1  Indiana 25 6 0.806
2  Oklahoma City 25 6 0.806
3  Miami 24 7 0.774
4  San Antonio 25 7 0.781
5 Portland 25 7 0.781
6  LA Clippers 22 12 0.647
7  Phoenix 19 11 0.633
8  Houston 21 13 0.618
9 Golden St 20 13 0.606
10  Dallas 19 13 0.594
11  Atlanta 18 14 0.563
12  Minnesota 16 16 0.500
13  Toronto 15 15 0.500
14  Washington 14 15 0.483
15  New Orleans 14 16 0.467
16  Denver 14 17 0.452
17  Memphis 13 17 0.433
18  Detroit 14 19 0.424
19  Charlotte 14 19 0.424
20  Boston 13 18 0.419
21  LA Lakers 13 19 0.406
22  Chicago 12 18 0.400
23  Sacramento 10 20 0.333
24 Philadelphia 10 21 0.323
25  Cleveland 10 21 0.323
26  Brooklyn 10 21 0.323
27  Orlando 10 21 0.323
28  New York 9 21 0.300
29  Utah 10 24 0.294
30  Milwaukee 7 24 0.226

NBA Power Rankings Week 6

RK Team LW RK W L
1  Indiana 1 18 3
2 Portland 2 17 4
3  San Antonio 3 15 4
4  Oklahoma City 5 15 4
5  Miami 4 16 5
6  Houston 6 15 7
7  LA Clippers 7 13 8
8  Dallas 9 13 8
9  Denver 8 12 8
10 Golden St 10 12 9
11  Phoenix 11 11 9
12  Atlanta 13 11 10
13  LA Lakers 12 10 10
14  Detroit 18 10 11
15  Memphis 14 9 10
16  Washington 15 9 10
17  New Orleans 16 9 10
18  Boston 21 10 12
19  Minnesota 17 9 11
20  Charlotte 20 9 11
21  Chicago 19 8 10
22  Toronto 23 7 12
23  Cleveland 25 7 13
24 Philadelphia 22 7 14
25  Orlando 24 6 14
26  Brooklyn 26 6 14
27  Sacramento 27 5 13
28  New York 28 5 14
29  Milwaukee 30 4 16
30  Utah 29 4 18