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Game 4 recap

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Game 4 Recap

History was made in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA finals, as Lebron James and Kyrie Irving combined for 71 points to end the Golden State Warrior’s historic undefeated streak in the playoffs.

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Warriors 116-137 and managed to do it while breaking the record for most points in a NBA finals half with 86 points going into halftime.

James ended with a triple-double while his match up, Kevin Durant, finished with 35 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Irving was the talk of the night with his sweet jumper and dazzling crossover moves, he was the leading scorer with 40 points.

No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in NBA history and the odds are in Golden State’s favor.

However, until last year, no team had ever came back from a 3-1 deficit and the Cavaliers did that to win its first title in the organization’s history.

It was also the first major sports title in Cleveland since 1964, when the Cleveland Browns won the NFL super bowl.   

With Kevin love hitting six 3-pointers to complete his 23 points and J.R Smith having another solid finals game chipping in 15 points, the Cavaliers hit first and never looked back.

The third quarter was a bizarre one because of the confusion with technical fouls and jawing between both teams.

The frenzy acquired because of confusion that Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors was hit with one technical foul instead of two.

Green fouled Iman Shumpert on a jump ball and was called for a common foul, head coach Steve Kerr was upset and was called for a technical foul.

The confusion happened when Green was also called with a technical foul moments later and the score board table penned that it was Green’s second technical foul.

Two technicals and you are ejected from the game however, there was miscommunication and it was only Green’s first.

This isn’t the first time something like this has happened to Green, just last year Green was suspended for Game 5 of the finals which proved to be a pivotal game-changer in the end when the Cavs went on to win the finals in seven games

However, Green was not suspended this time and will play in Game 5 this year.

The finals now moves to Golden State where the Warriors know now that the pressure is on them to win Game 5.

Being up 3-1 last year and losing the finals are still fresh in their minds and they don’t want to be on the wrong side of history again.

 

Things to look for:

  • Will Stephen Curry show up? He has a tendency to play below his normal standard when the lights are brightest. We have learned this from his finals stats.
  • Will the Cavs keep shooting the lights out? One has to wonder that making history twice for the same thing is very complicated.
  • Will Irving and James continue their domancie? Fatigue is a huge part of the finals and carry a team to seven games is a tall task.

Box Score

http://www.nba.com/games/20170609/GSWCLE#/boxscore

Highlights

http://www.nba.com/games/20170609/GSWCLE#/video

Durant and Curry shine

 

Warriors versus Cavaliers NBA FinalsGAINESVILLE, FL — Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant combined for 66 points as the Golden State Warriors bury the the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Game 1 of the NBA finals was June 1 and started off as the game of the year, in the first quarter the lead was taken and given. Both teams, who record was a combined 24-1 coming into the final, looked like they were the team to win it all, trading buckets and looking like equals. However, as Oracle Arena began to get louder things started changing through the game as the Warriors, with Kevin Durant began to pull away.

With 20 turnovers,  sloppy defense and Durant seemingly looking unstoppable is what killed the Cavaliers and Lebron James so a big part of that, turning the ball over 8 times while the entire Warriors turned it over only 4 times.

The Warriors had 31 assist, moving the ball around and seem to have no problem with the Cavaliers’ defense. Cleveland stayed close after the first quarter, only down by 10 with 2:45 remaining in the second. But after halftime, it was assured to every NBA fan that the warriors would win the game.

The super team that includes Curry, Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green has proven to be a formidable team and even if Thompson and Green only combined for 15 points the Warriors were still able to pull away easily against the defending champions.  

 

Points for next game:

 

  • Will turnovers become the downfall for the Cavs? Turning the ball over against the Warriors is a sure fire way to lose a game as we have seen all season the Cavs have to take care of the basketball.
  • Will Kevin Love or Kyrie Irving have a big game? Lebron will get his numbers and has proven that he is one of the greatest but he can’t win by himself. Irving ended with 24 points but only had 2 assist. Love had 15 points but shot the ball at 30%. In order for the Cavs to win at least one game, Love or Irving has to have a big game.  
  • Will Durant and Curry stay hot? We’ve seen it, draining threes, looking away before the ball even hits the net. Durant and Curry are amazing shooter and to keep their winning streak intact for the playoffs they have to keep making shots.

 

  • Will Klay Thompson find his stroke? He hasn’t been himself the entire playoffs and going 3 of 16 from the floor isn’t good.

Warriors v Cavs Game 1

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Game 1 Preview

Best in the west take on the beast in the east. This will be the third time the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors meet up to duel it out on the NBA Finals stage.

Rematches of super teams have always been great in sports because of the entertainment fans get out of the competitiveness of great teams and the will to defeat other great teams. Fans love rivals, if not for the excitement of beating someone multiple times, then it’s because they need to know just how great their team is.  

This is the series everyone has been waiting on since the end of the playoffs last year. The first matchup ended with the Warriors on top, beating a newly Cavaliers team who were setback by injuries. The Warriors, seemingly rolling on the adrenaline of the 2015 championship, made history by being the winningest team in a season in history going 73-9 in the regular season. However, the second matchup ended up with the Cavaliers making history by coming back for a 3-1 game deficit to beat the Warriors and win the 2016 championship.

Many can only imagine what will happen this time around with the Cavaliers adding depth to their team, Kyrie Irving getting closer to his prime, Kevin Love looking more comfortable and the Warriors still using the three pointer to perfecting and adding a future Hall of Famer in Kevin Durant.

Factors:

 

  • Will Lebron James and Kevin Durant guard each other? This is the matchup that can be describe as “too late.” Just like Mayweather v. Pacquiao, many people wanted to see a great match between the two small forwards but is it too late? The only time they matched up in the Finals was when James was with Miami and Durant with the Oklahoma City, where James went on to win his first ring. James is considered the best in the league and Durant was considered “A1” will this matchup make a difference?

 

  • Will Kyrie Irving get the best of Stephen Curry? Curry in both of his final appearances haven’t been the Curry fans seen in the regular season. It worked out for the Warriors in 2015 where although he limited Curry to make difficult shots, Matthew Dellavedova is a limited player. In 2016 however, Curry had a difficult matchup in Kyrie Irving, will that happen again or will the coaching staff put another body on Irving? Thompson maybe?

 

Keith Laury

Born in Montclair, New Jersey and, Keith Laury was raised by a single mother and had one little sister. After finishing the 5th grade, his mother, his sister and himself moved to Jacksonville, Florida for a better life. Laury attended Jefferson Davis Middle School. After middle school Laury attend Frank H Peterson for high school enrolling in the culinary program. This is where he found his love of cooking. Although he loved it, he had a teacher that he didn’t like, who he calls “the worst teacher ever.” Chief Perkins was the culinary teacher at Frank H Peterson for 25 years and the relationship between the two was never a good one. There were times when they both had to set up a meeting with the principal just to talk about their issues.

Even so, Laury also had a bad heart break in highschool that changed his life forever. When he was in the 11th grade, Laury started dating a girl name Linda Mai. Laury seemingly fell in love with her the moment he seen her and their relationship started off great. However, it turned sour when one of Laury’s friend begin flirting with Mai. They began to have arguments everyday and even classmates started to notice. After awhile, they split and she began dating the friend that was flirting with her with dating Laury. It destroyed him so much that Laury dropped out of highschool because he couldn’t look at them everyday and think about how betrayed he felt. After dropping out at age 16, many teachers and friends urging him to stay, Laury felt the need to move to a different stated and ended up in Atlanta, Georgia. After spending two months there, he moved to Baltimore, Maryland. There he obtained his GED and also started community college. Before obtaining his A.A, Laury transferred to the University of Baltimore and earned his Bachelor’s in Political Science and has now entered grad school for Accounting.

Laury says that after the heartbreak he had, he felt like a broken man. “Even at that age to have someone literally smile in your face and stab you in the back, it took a tremendous toll on me. But after the healing I wanted to turn it into something positive so I went back to school and my motivation was to never feel like that again.”