This year’s NBA Finals is already looking like one of the best in years. This series became the first Finals ever to go to overtime in its first two games, but Game 2 had a different outcome than Game 1. LeBron James’ triple-double propelled the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Golden State Warriors, 95-93, in OT on Sunday night.
Here’s what you need to know if you missed Game 2.
The NBA Finals kicked off last night with a game worthy of all the hype. The Golden State Warriors overcame a huge night from Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James (44 point) to take Game 1, 108-100, in overtime.
Here’s what you need to know if you missed Game 1:
With the kind of playoffs performance Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry is having, it’s easy to forget how good he was in the regular season. He averaged 23.8 points, 7.7 assist, and 4.3 rebounds in 2014-15, and he led the Warriors to a franchise-best 67 wins. He also hit 286 threes, which set a new NBA record. (The previous record holder? Steph Curry, when he made 272 in 2012-13.)
That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Curry’s accomplishments this season. And for all of it, today he was named the NBA’s 2014-15 Most Valuable Player.
The Minnesota Timberwolves had a brutal 2014-15 season, posting an NBA-worst record of 16-66. But there was one very bright spot in Minneapolis: Andrew Wiggins. The first-overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft played all 82 games for the Wolves (after being traded by the Cavaliers before the start of the season) and averaged 16.9 points and 4.6 boards a game. And at the age of 19, Wiggins was a team leader in a locker room decimated by injuries.
Yesterday, his sterling debut season earned him Rookie of the Year honors. He received 110 first-place votes from the 124 sportswriters and broadcasters on the award panel. Nikola Mirotic of the Bulls was second with 14 first-place votes.
Wiggins the only Timberwolves player to win the award.
The Golden State Warriors headed to New Orleans up 2-0 in their series against the Pelicans. But in last night’s Game 3, the Pelicans put their series deficit aside and showed the Warriors they weren’t out of it. Not yet.
Heading into the fourth quarter, New Orleans had a 20-point lead on the best team in the league. It looked like the Pelicans had the game in their beaks.
But Warriors star Steph Curry wasn’t about to throw in the towel.
The long regular NBA season is over, which means two things: First, no more tanking! And second, the real quest for the NBA Championship is here. The NBA playoffs begin on Saturday, and there are plenty of storylines to carry us through the also-long postseason.
Can the San Antonio Spurs repeat as champs? Can they even make it out of a Western Conference that find two other Texas teams (Houston and Dallas) looking for championship glory? Will the Pelicans play spoiler after squeaking in on the last day of the season? How does LeBron James’ return season to Cleveland end: with a title, or a whimper?
All that and more begins this weekend. And we have our predictions on what teams make it out of the first round!
Golden State over New Orleans in 6: As expected, Anthony Davis has had an incredible second season. But his presence may not be enough to hold off the firepower of Klay Thompson and MVP candidate Stephen Curry in this first round matchup. With the third and fourth best 3-point percentage in the league, it’s going to be tough for not only the Pelicans to stop them, but anyone else from the West.