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Castrovince reflects on the Golden State Warriors’ NBA championship. Most importantly he discussed the rumors swirling around the fact that LeBron James may have qualified to win the MVP of the NBA Finals despite being on the losing Cavaliers team. Castrovince then gives his credit to Andre Iguodala, who was on the bench for 100 games before being announced a starter for the Warriors in the Finals. He said when it came down to it, the Warriors had a second gear, that the Cavaliers just couldn’t match. The role/bench players of the Warriors far outplayed the Cavaliers with hustle and precise play. The Warriors deserve to be champions.
Hughes pays his ultimate tribute to the champion Warriors. He explains in his title that the championship was fueled by the play of Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala in the NBA Finals. Iguodala was the first player to win the NBA Finals MVP without starting a game in the regular season. Curry won the regular season MVP thanks to a masterful season. Hughes reiterates all of the highs of this Warriors team as they can now rejoice in basketball immortality in their special spot in the history books.
Bucy discusses his feelings on the Warriors’ small-ball approach and how it paid off for them in the NBA Finals. He discusses how they came back from being in a 2-1 hole, and how the only thing holding them back in the beginning was themselves. Bucy wrote this prior to the end-result of the Finals and still anticipated Iguodala to win the NBA Finals MVP. His anticipations were correct.
Steve McPherson makes a comical analogy of comparing the inefficient percentages of LeBron James in the playoffs/Finals to his younger daughter. The whole point of the piece was that James basically had to be more inefficient in this run with the Cavaliers than he ever had to be with the Miami Heat. In response to the injuries of Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, James was willing to do whatever it took by taking 30-plus shots a night. As a result, James’s masterfully efficient numbers that he posted in Miami dropped severely. James is extremely knowledgeable of his players around him and is willing to fulfill whatever is most necessary on the court: whether it be points, rebounds or assists. In the case of the Cavaliers: it was everything.
This piece is focuses on Matthew Dellavedova and shares a wise perspective on the myth of “grit.” It explains how Dellavedova went from playing extremely well to playing so poorly. Sohi feels that Dellavedova read too much of his good press and started to believe that he was as good as people were writing, and that somehow got in his head. Even though it was a much shorter length of time, this whole Delly thing kind of reminded me of Jeremy Lin. Lin enjoyed a quick rise to fame, but he then came crashing back down to Earth and has never been able to live up to those early expectations set by “Linsanity.”