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LeBron shows MVP who’s King
By Bi Yu posted 6/10/15

MVP Stephen Curry versus LeBron JamesGolden Boy Stephen Curry is having an amazing MVP season for the Golden State Warriors leading them to the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years.  Meanwhile the four-time MVP LeBron James, now in his 5 straight Finals, entered as “The Underdog”.  A title he doesn’t wear often.

The Warriors were favorites coming into the Finals, even when the Cavs still had Irving in the line-up. James is taking this person as their is a running joke that he has a secret motivation to win these Finals.   is averaging 30 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in the playoffs.  However he is only shooting 40% from the field in the Finals, but he has the Cavs winning.  

This Finals series has proven once again that James is the King.  In James 12 NBA seasons he has reached the Finals 6 times.  He is a four-time NBA MVP and gets compared to Jordan more than any other player thus far, including Kobe Bryant.  The biggest criticism about the Jordan comparison is that James is more of a combination of Jordan and Magic Johnson.  Which make the lore even more interesting. You could probably even through in a little Karl Malone to round out James’ descriptions.   

LeBron has not put up the best shooting percentages in this championship series, yet he has controlled the tempo offensively and defensively.  By slowing the game, penetrating and banging on the Warriors the Cavs have a 2-1 series lead.  Cleveland bullied the first two games in Oracle to overtime games, where there pulled out game 2, 86-84.

James came home to Cleveland after 4 years playing for the Miami Heat, making the Finals each year and captured two NBA Titles.  LeBron was third in the MVP race this year, however it is evident the value he brought back to Cleveland.  

It was going to be a new, youthful, big three with James joining All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.  However through the rigors of NBA Playoffs, the Cavs lost Love then Irving in the first game of the Finals. So LeBron has to weather the storm with a team of misfits.

On the flip side the Warriors are known as the deepest team in the league.  If fact, Curry’s only MVP blemish is that he has a full supporting cast that helped them reach the Finals.  Golden States talent seems to dim Curry’s significance, especially compared with the teammates that James has left.   

The Warriors have been an offensive juggernaut all season behind Curry and his splash brother Klay Thompson.   The offensive efficiency has come to a screeching halt against the Cavs.  A lot have been made of how jump-shooting teams typically fare in the Playoffs when it becomes more of a half-court game.  As a running team Golden State offense is fueled when they push the ball, fill lanes and float threes.

Curry was the master of the pull-up three these season.  He also improved his handles, penetration, and most of all his defense to lead the Warriors to a franchise high 67-win season.  Curry’s impact earned him the league MVP and led the Warriors to the Finals.  James, at 30, knows that for him to ever be considered the King he needs to pile up more championships.  So he is putting it all out on the line, and his teammates are following suite.

James may prove that he is the most valuable player this league has even scene in his quest for a third Title for two teams in the last four years.  This Finals will prove a lot to us all.  We will see who is more important to their team.  

 


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The Warriors Stephen Curry won the 2015 NBA MVP for helping his team win a franchise record 67 games. he lead his team in scoring, assists, steals and 3 pointers. He beat out James Harden and LeBron James to win the Most Valuable Player award.

 

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