June 12, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

by Jerry Feitelberg

Oakland- The Golden State Warriors did it again as they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 to win the 2016-2017 NBA Championship. The Dubs set another NBA record as they rampaged through the playoffs with a record of 16-1. No other team in NBA history had ever achieved that feat. They won their second title in the last three years and many, including this writer, are regarding them as one of greatest teams ever in NBA history. The Warriors made a decision last year to sign Kevin Durant. Many speculated that Durant would not fit in with the Dubs. However, the Warriors to a player were thrilled to have Durant join the club. The Dubs lost six players to free agency and trades to get under the salary cap. They lost Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli, Mo Speights, Harrison Barnes, Brandon Rush and GM Bob Myers had to scour the market and find replacements. He brought in ZaZa Pachulia, David West, JaVale McGee, and drafted Patrick McCaw.

The big superstar, Kevin Durant, amazed everyone not only with his scoring, but he also showed that he could play defense. He could rebound, he could block shots, he could deflect passes. He did it all and tonight he owns a championship ring. The veteran David West proved to be a capable backup center. He was an extremely important player on the Dubs’ second unit. Tonight, David West is a champion. The same goes for JaVale McGee. McGee, who had not played much the last two seasons, was a diamond in the rough. He was derided around the league for being a buffoon as he did some goofy things on the court. JaVale showed the NBA that he could jumpstart the Dubs’ offense when he came into a game. The Warriors lobbed him the ball, and he made the fans gasp with his sensational dunks. Tonight, JaVale McGee is a champion.

Now for the recap. The Cleveland Cavaliers, with their backs to the wall, came out smoking. They wanted to get off to a start similar to the one they had Friday night when they scored an NBA record 49 points in the first quarter. The Cavs outscored the Dubs 37-33. The Warriors were a bit tight as they made some turnover and didn’t play smart basketball. The turning point came in the second quarter when the Dubs went on a 21-2 run to take a lead that they never relinquished. The Dubs finished the first half with an eleven-point lead 71-60.

The Cavaliers fought back in the third period and closed the gap to just 5 points. They trailed 98-93, and the game was still in doubt. However, the Warriors refused to wilt, and the Dubs wore the Cavs down and won 129-90.

Steph Curry and Kevin Durant combined fo 63 points in the game. Durant was named MVP of the finals. Durant scored 30 or more points in all five games. Steph and Draymond Green each had a double-double. Steph tallied 34 points,10 assists, and six rebounds. Draymond had 10 points,5 assists, and 12 boards. Durant finished with 39 points to go along with 5 assists, and 7 rebounds. The Warrior bench players outscored the Cavs bench 35-7. Andre Iguodala had a fabulous performance as he pitched in with 20 points. Patrick McCaw scored six, Shaun Livingston five, and David West four.

LeBron James had a double-double for Cleveland. James poured in 41 points, 8 assists, and 13 rebounds. Kyrie Irving added 25 points, J.R.Smith had his best game of the playoffs as he scored 25 points. Tristan Thompson, who had been held in check for most of the playoffs, woke up and scored 15. Kevin Love, who had been hot, was held to just 6 points by the Warrior defense. The Cavalier bench contributed just 7 points.

The Warriors, who began with high hopes, ended the season reaching those expectations and sent their fans into a frenzy. This team has been the best team in basketball the last three season. The Dubs set an NBA record last year with a record of 73-9 but did not bring home the trophy as they blew a 3-1 Finals lead to the Cavaliers. This team was determined to get the championship back, and they did it. Our hats are off to this team. They are, in this writer’s humble opinion, one of the best teams that I have ever seen play the game of basketball. The Championship parade will take place in Oakland on Thursday.

About rxslugger

Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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