by Yusuf Gadlin
The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-91 to move within one victory of a NBA Championship. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 37 points including some ridiculous step back three pointers in the fourth quarter. Curry finally had his signature game in these finals, and it couldn’t have came at a better time. With Cleveland’s King James going on another 40 point scoring spree, things started to look like a victory for the Cavs.
But here came Steph Curry with the shot boy.
Stephen Curry went toe to toe with the “best player” in the world LeBron James. Unfazed by the moment, Curry unleashed his patent shimmy shake dagger three pointers that nobody in this world can defend. These were no ordinary three pointers , these were soul snatching, soul-crushing fatalities delivered by a skinny baby faced assassin. Finally the real Curry had arrived in these finals, not the imitation version that showed up the four games prior. The degree of difficulty, the improbability, all defy Steph Curry when he starts to destroy you and pull up from anywhere on the basketball court.
Curry’s teammates showed up again to support the NBA’s most valuable player. Over emotional big man Draymond Green had 16pts and continues to be the emotional leader for this Warriors team. I can’t lie, I find Green antics on the court embarrassing and irritating, however the heart and soul he plays with every night more than makes up for his questionable actions. Even though newly cemented starter Andre Iguodala missed 11 free throws in a row( yes 11) he still delivered the goods with a all-round performance of 14pts, 8reb, and 7 assists. Harrison Barnes had 8 points, 10 rebounds including a “yo mama” dunk on two Cleveland Cavaliers with the left hand, impressive. And finally the “Brazilian Blur” Leonardo Barbosa had 13 points in 17 minutes. Barbosa has quietly been just as valuable as Andre Iguodala, providing veteran scoring and putting constant pressure on Cleveland’s lackluster guards. One more great performance from this Warriors bench and the city by the bay will have their first championship since 1975.
Can Cleveland still win it all?
The Cleveland Cavaliers are down to their final leg. With no where to turn, all eyes shift towards King James. How much more can this man do for his team? His Game 5 stat line that consisted of 40 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assist should have resulted in a win. The bottom line is, LeBron James supporting cast has to show up for two straight games to win a NBA championship. I’m sorry Cleveland, I cannot take that bet of your king’s subjects providing the necessary help needed to win it all for you guys. Unless Junior Smith suddenly gets hot from the three point line and Iman Shumpert becomes a 20-point scorer over the next two games, Cleveland won’t win the title. The pressure is not on LeBron James who assured us he is the “best player” in the world during his post game comments, but on his teammates who know the championship aspirations rest squarely on their shoulders. In the end, I feel Cleveland will win game six and force a game seven. The problem is, will they have enough energy and fortitude in game seven after they squeezed out every bit in game six.
Only time will tell.