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I'm not one to judge how people dress, but the Warriors' Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson opened themselves. Klay Thompson brought back the dance moves, but thankfully left his RT @ LeadingNBA: Klay Thompson at Steph Curry's 30th birthday party. Dating & Relationships It was only a matter of time before Klay Thompson broke out from his best shooter in a team that also had Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Thompson broke his Golden State Warriors teammate Curry's and expressed their utter amazement through hilarious memes.
I mentioned this in my last blog but here it is again. For a basketball lover you want to see greatness, and greatness must fall short in this Finals.
Lebron will lose or the Warriors will lose and the sheep of the world will utterly crush the loser.
Scenario 1- Warriors Lose. If this happens they will never be seen as one of the greatest teams of all time, and they are. I have watched all the games and they have everything. They can play big, they can play small, they have depth, they play together and they defend.
And if they lose, they will lose all the respect of the basketball world.
Everyone will say, "See, we told you they weren't that good. They didn't even win the ring how can they be one of the best teams ever. But I believe they are that good, and if they lose 4 of 7 games to another really good team, I don't think that should ruin a two year run of amazing play.
Scenario 2- Lebron loses. If Lebron loses he will be in the Finals. Which is also 2 out of 7 which sounds worse. I would love to sidebar on how people say stats to make them sound better or worse based on their argument but it would take too long. And how could Lebron be better than Kobe or Jordan if he has lost so much in the Finals? Again, the sheep say he can't. They will put his numbers next to Jordan's and Kobe's and the only ones they will highlight will be the Finals records and wins.
It won't talk about the teammates anyone had, it won't talk about the competition they played, it will just look at results.
And one of these two scenarios has to happen. It can't just be two really good teams played each other and one won and one lost and let's just celebrate the winner. Its always lets dump on the loser.
But on to the preview. Steph vs Kyrie- This is a massive advantage for the Warriors and even though Kryie seems to be more locked in on defense this year, he is still a liability and the kind of liability Steph seems to take advantage of.
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And even on ball screens, if he rushed back to Steph or fought hard through screens, he could stop a lot of the penetration which is what OKC did a great job of, but he isn't that type of player. He is gonna have to be good offensively to make Steph work on the defensive end because I actually think they will start Steph on him and Klay on JR Smith. But he can't try and go bucket for bucket with Steph, he isn't as good of a scorer. He needs to take his opportunities but make sure he gets his teammates involved.
JR Smith is the super poor-man's version, maybe homeless man's version of Klay Thompson. They do all the same things offensively except that Klay does them way better, and is an elite defender.
Lebron vs Harrison Barnes- Obviously a massive advantage for Cleveland and where they need to expose the Warriors. Lebron usually plays facilitator early and hopes to get his teammates going. I think he should get a couple hoops early, get the defense sucking into him, which will open up everyone else. Kevin Love vs Draymond Green- This match-up may decide the series.
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Kevin Love is a horrible defender and can be inconsistent on the offensive end. I can see the Warriors putting him in a lot of ball screens to make him guard small guys on the perimeter. I also don't think he can stay in front of Draymond. I thought Dray was exposed by the Thunder. I think he is such an overrated player because all he does is play really really hard which is nice, but he is undersized and not a great shooter. So when he goes up against the Serge Ibaka's and Steven Adams' of the world, he gets exposed because he can't just out-hustle them and he doesn't have an advantage on them anywhere on the court.
But its a different story against Love and I think he will be able to do whatever he wants and he will run around flexing like an idiot and hope people forget how average he looked in the last round. Kevin Love will need to work hard on defense and make some shots on the offensive end to counteract what Green will do to him. Tristan Thompson vs Andrew Bogut- To me this is a wash but it will be interesting to see how they match up.
Bogut is definitely bigger and stronger but struggles to finish and is really just a passer in the offense. Thompson is much smaller but moves better and is really active on the glass. Bogut is a good help defender which could open Thompson up for more offensive rebounding opportunities.
Bench- Big advantage to the Warriors and this is the other point where I think they take control of the series. They have guys like Igodala, Barbosa, Ezili, and Livingston coming off the bench who could easily start for other teams. These guys are not starting anywhere and are barely on rosters.
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Lebron is going to have to play heavy minutes with them to keep them from being crushed during second unit play. Coaching- I give a definite coaching advantage to Warriors. Lue is trying to do what the Warriors do, and it has worked to some degree, but the Warriors just do it better. I don't think he does a great job making adjustments in game or from game to game, but he hasn't had to a whole lot so far.
For the Warriors to win- Play their game and don't panic if they get behind. I noticed several times in the OKC series where when they got behind in the 4th quarter they started taking terrible quick shots. He just doesn't celebrate Klay Thompson, and that's just fine with him. The Thompson version of the Nick Young meme is actually Thompson becoming so excited about the possibility of a Stephen Curry 3-pointer that he didn't prepare for Curry to pass the ball back to him.
SMITH Thompson's demeanor is better suited to be the hype man than the boxer at the center of the ring. When Curry made his triumphant return to these playoffs after missing four games with a knee injury and swaggeringly proclaimed to the Portland crowd that he was back, Thompson was right behind him, pointing at Curry, turning to the fans and chiming in with, "He's back, boy!
This is despite the fact that it's Curry who pops up in all the interviews, endorsements and magazine covers, and it's Curry keeping Thompson from holding the title of the most prolific 3-point shooter in the league.
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The only NBA player who ever made more 3s in a season than the Thompson sank this year is Curry, who made last season and an absurd this year.
Curry and Thompson have been in 3 pointers in each of the past three seasons, and Curry has been the league's most valuable player the past two. It's acceptance speeches for Curry, accepting a lower profile for Thompson. He just loves the game of basketball, loves coming to the gym, getting his work in.
He has never witnessed a togetherness like this Warriors team has shown. Klay's playing style bears no resemblance to Mychal, a 6-foot center who played 13 years in the NBA.