What's Going on in the NBA Finals?

What's Going on in the NBA Finals?

The 2015 NBA Finals has been one of the most exciting in recent years, and the television ratings are the highest they have ever been in over a decade. Right now, the Golden State Warriors hold a 3-2 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers, and have a chance to close out the series in Cleveland on Tuesday night.

Going by what we have seen so far, this series is likely going to go the full seven games, as we predicted prior to the start of the finals, because LeBron James keeps finding a way to lead his injury plagued team to wins, despite all odds. To further illustrate just how well he is playing, James is currently averaging 36.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 8.8 assists per game, while playing all five positions on the floor, and there’s even a chance that he might still win the NBA Finals MVP, if the Cavaliers end up losing this series. 

The Warriors won the first game of the series in overtime, 108-100, in the overtime period, the Cavaliers lost All Star point guard Kyrie Irvin, for the rest of the playoffs to a knee injury, which prompted many people to declare the Warriors were going to sweep the series. Despite the loss, the Cavaliers didn’t fold, and they managed to win the second game, which also went into overtime, 95-93. A big reason they were able to get the win was the triple double effort from LeBron James, who had 39 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists. He also got some help from Matthew Dellavedova, who played outstanding defense on league MVP Stephen Curry, forcing him into his worst shooting performance of the playoffs.

The Cavaliers got another 40 point effort from James in Game 3, and 20 points from Dellavedova, which helped them get another close win, and take a 2-1 lead in the series. The Warriors responded very well with their backs against the wall in Game 4, and they were able to avoid falling into a 3-1 hole, by winning the most lopsided game of the series so far, 103-82. Andre Iguodala was the hero of the day for the Warriors, because he held James to a series low 20 points, and added 22 points and 8 rebounds in his first start of the postseason, helping his team even the series at 2-2.

Game 5 followed a familiar trend, as both teams played another close game. LeBron James bounced back from his 20 point outing in the previous game, with his second triple double of the finals, finishing the game with 40 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, the effort wasn’t enough against the Warriors, especially since Stephen Curry had his best game of the series, with 37 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists, some of which were some timely three pointers in the 4th quarter, which helped his team hold the lead. 

With their backs against the wall going into Game 6, the Cavaliers have the benefit of playing in front of their home crowd, which is something they have taken advantage of all season long, because they lost only 10 games at home this season, and two so far in the playoffs. The NBA betting trends haven’t changed in this series, and right now, the betting lines favor the Warriors by 4.5 points, but the Cavaliers have been underdogs since the start of the series, and managed to win two games, so don’t put too much stock into that. With the exception of Game 4, the NBA final scores between the two teams have been close, so if you’re placing a bet on this game, you should take the Cavaliers on the +4.5 point spread.

For the Cavaliers to win Game 6 at home, they will need another great performance from LeBron James, but they will also need their role players to step their games up. Timofey Mozgov was the leading scorer in Game 4, but didn’t get to play a lot of minutes in Game 5, and was ineffective. Head coach David Blatt, will have to give him more minutes in this game, and get him involved early in the game. Tristan Thompson has been playing well on defense, and gives the Cavaliers an inside presence, but they also need to find a way to get him more touches on the inside, like they did in Game 5, which he finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The biggest underachievers for the Cavaliers so far have been J.R. Smith, and Iman Shumpert. Shumpert is known more for his defense, but he had played well offensively for the Cavaliers in the previous rounds of the playoffs, and hasn’t done as much during the finals. Smith has been a streaky shooter his whole career, but he was a big reason the Cavaliers made it this far in the playoffs. He has been mostly quiet in the Finals, but he had a big half in Game 5, scoring 14 points. In the second half of the game, he was unable to make any of his shots, and couldn’t help his team get the win. They will need him to play a complete game in order to win Game 6.

The Warriors have had different players step up for them during the finals, which is one of the reasons that they have the lead. Stephen Curry seems to have found his shooting touch again, which means the Cavaliers will have to double team him for most of the game, and hope he doesn’t find a wide open shooter. Klay Thompson hasn’t had a big game since Game 2 of the series, so he is due to have a breakout game, which means the Cavaliers also have to make sure he doesn’t hurt them with wide open three pointers.

Andre Iguodala has arguably been the team MVP during the finals, and they will need him to continue playing good defense on LeBron James, while also contributing offensively. He struggled with his free throws in the previous game, going 2-11 from the line. They were fortunate that his free throw woes didn’t hurt the team in Game 5, and will need him to make those free throws in Game 6.

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