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Isola explains that LeBron James is doing more with less than any other star in NBA history. Many analysts and fans feel this way, especially after season-ending injuries to both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. James has since led the Cavaliers to an additional win since this article was written, and is only two wins away from what Isola thinks would be one of the greatest upsets in NBA history.
Bell boldly explains that while Stephen Curry is the NBA’s MVP of the regular season, LeBron James is the MVP of the NBA Finals. So far into the series, there’s not a soul who could disagree with him. The only issue with Bell’s conclusion is that he goes as far to suggest that James should have been the regular-season MVP, not Curry. James’s 2-week “vacation” earlier in the regular season is essentially what removed him from that hardware, but he’ll gladly trade a regular-season MVP for a Finals MVP. The Cavaliers are 2 wins away from being NBA champions. The Warriors, are down, but definitely not out. A lot can still happen in this series that’s been very entertaining.
In response to the performance of Matthew Dellavedova in the NBA Finals, many have questioned his authenticity as a player, but he’s helped will the Cavaliers to victory in both Games 2 and 3. Gleeson has deemed Dellavedova one of the “Top 10 Most Unlikely NBA Heroes,” and for fun made a list of other ex-NBA players that carried similar defensive grit. Steve Kerr, Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson are all popular names that made his list.
Beck writes his take on Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, who are in a hole down 2-1 in the NBA Finals. However, Beck discusses a positive view, by explaining that Curry seemed to have re-found his stroke in the fourth quarter of Game 3. Beck speculates who’s truly to blame for the Warriors’ recent two-game skid. But he leaves us with one thing: Curry needs to will this team to victory for them to regain hope in the series. Beck believes that outburst of good shooting is a very positive sign.
Ford has gone in depth on Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell in previous articles regarding the draft and a player’s chances at going No. 1 overall. This particular article is about Emmanuel Mudiay, who played in China instead of the NCAA. Brandon Jennings is a recent NBA player who set the precedent for playing overseas, and Mudiay explained that the opportunity to make money for his family out of high school was too tempting to pass up. Ford went on to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of Mudiay in this article that provides a detailed perspective. Unfortunately if you’re not an ESPN Insider, you can’t view the entire article.