Just a week ago, it seems like everybody is ready to crown the Phoenix Suns as the champs. They had complete control of the series after the first two games and both Chris Paul and Devin Booker are playing out of their minds.
Three games later, it won't be the Suns who will have the chance to take home the Larry O'Brien trophy. Talking about a complete 180! And it could turn out to be a complete disaster for Phoenix, who will be tested with their backs in the proverbial wall.
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The NBA Finals Game 5 has been a roller coaster of emotions. With two minutes and change left, it looks like Toronto is on its way to take home the Larry O'Brien trophy before Steph Curry happened. And early in the game, Kevin Durant will be missing the rest of the Finals plus many more months after that when he suffered an Achilles injury.
That said, let's take a look at some of stats and facts from the NBA Finals Game 5:
1.) All about KD
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1.) It's Kawhi's series
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Kawhi Leonard's 36-point output in Game 4 is his 14th 30+-point effort in this postseason. That's the third-most All-Time behind Hakeem Olujawon and Kobe Bryant, who did 16 and 15 times, respectively.
2.) The Oracle is Kawhi's playground
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In the last four games at the Bay Area, Leonard is averaging almost 32 points in 51% shooting clip from the floor.
3.) Speaking of...
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The Toronto Raptors look to take a stranglehold 2-0 series lead against the Golden State Warriors, who will be missing Kevin Durant (again) for Game #2. Interestingly the Warriors are 7-7 in the NBA Finals without Kevin Durant, and are 8-1 with him. Therefore, the Warriors will rely heavily on the Splash Brothers to carry the load on offense as the rest of their lineup doesn't scare anybody - Green, Iguodala, Bell, Looney, Livingston - all usually struggle to create their own shots. Although Read More
2.) The Warriors are basically trash without Steph Curry.
If you can't read graphs or have problems reading them, the Warriors are +4131 with Steph Curry on the court in the last five years while a -447 with him riding the bench.
3.) Steph Making History... Again
With 5 minutes and 16 seconds left in the first quarter, Steph Curry hit a three-pointer to mark his 100th Read More
Golden State Warriors may be one of the greatest teams ever assembled, and there starting five consist of All-Stars including Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins. Warriors are looking to join NBA's elite three-peat championship company, and cement themselves as one of the best dynasty's ever.
However, as a sports bettor, I often find myself looking for "value" bets. And in this particular NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors' led by Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Read More
1.) Play With Fire And Desperation
The NBA Finals is more than just X's and O's. After all, Cleveland and Golden State have faced each other for the fourth consecutive time in the Finals already.
What was lacking in the Cavs so far this series is the aggressive play that almost had them steal Game 1. Tristan Thompson making his presence felt, Larry Nance, Jr. having a hand on passing lanes, etc. (Nance had three deflections, four loose balls recovered, four contested shots and seven box Read More
1. KD (and Draymond) couldn't guard LeBron.
Basically, nobody could touch LeBron in Game 1 as he went off for a playoff career-high 51 points. But KD, Bron's primary defender, allowed him to score 30 points on 10-for-15 shooting.
To be fair to KD, Draymond Green didn't do a better job, either. Green was LeBron's primary defender in eight possessions, and James scored eight points on 4-for-6 shooting.
Apparently, the Dubs need Iggy real quick or LeBron will probably average 45 in this series.
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The die has been cast, although in the words of Reggie Miller, there's no way the NBA would have suspended Draymond Green if this series is tied. Right now, it doesn't even matter.
Green is arguably the Warriors' most important piece in ways that even casual viewers would not get. And now he is gone for Game 5. How can the Warriors fill the huge void left by their emotional leader?
Here are a number of ways:
1.) Start Iggy
Coach Steve Kerr often turns to Andre Iguodala during must-win Read More
That's the number of three-point field foals made by the Golden State Warriors, an all-time NBA Finals record.
Warriors wins in the 2015-16 regular and post-season combined, another NBA record.
Number of teams down 1-3 in the NBA Finals. Not one of them recovered from the deficit.
4. "Lineup of death" in full display
Through 4 games, Warriors are a plus-51 in 93 minutes w/ no center on the floor & a minus-19 in 84 minutes Read More