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Tag Archives: NBA Finals
It took the Cavs organization 46 years to do it and the city of Cleveland 52 years to accomplish it again, but Cleveland your Cavs for the first time ever, and for C’Town you have a World Champions once again!
The Cavaliers defeated the Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals to win the NBA Championship.
Check out my “Instant Analysis” in the video podcast below-
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KENNY’S KEY TO A CAVS CHAMPIONSHIP WIN IN GAME 7
SURVIVE THE WAVE – The wave of emotion and energy the Warriors will get from, and play with, because of their home crowd in the 1st quarter is going to be HUGE. The Cavs must be able to handle it, not be overwhelmed by it and keep the game close early on. Once they do that, it becomes just another basketball game on the road. Then you settle in and do what you’ve done that last 2 games!
THE “J’ WILL SHOW THE WAY – If LeBron’s jumper is falling, the Warriors are in big trouble! If LBJ is hitting that “J” from mid-range and a few from 3-point country, Golden State cannot guard him. That in turn will open up drives to the basket for “The King”, as well as set up his teammates for plenty of open shots. To say that LeBron James jumper is the key to the Cavaliers winning the NBA Championship may sound crazy, but it just may come down to that, because the Warriors are going to give him that shot early on to see if he can make it. If he shows he can, goodnight Golden State and hello World Championship! If not, the Warriors defense will settle in and may be tough to score on.
PHYSICAL and MENTAL TOUGHNESS – These 2 things have really played a major part in each team winning their 3 games in this series. Whichever teams comes out and throws the first punch, plays aggressive for 48 minutes at both ends of the floor and can handle the pressure, the ups and downs, the bad calls and bad officiating better mentally, will have a decided edge in this winner take all Game 7!
VALUE THE BASKETBALL – Don’t turn it over. It’s real simple. If you at least get a shot at the hoop on offense good things can happen. If you turn it over, you miss a chance at scoring, and you give Golden State a chance to get easy baskets at the other end. The team that takes better care of the ball will be in great shape to win this game.
THE BIG 2 and WHO? – You know what you’re going to get from LeBron. Unless his foot injury is more serious than they’re letting on, we pretty much have a good idea of what to expect from Kyrie. But who will be that 3rd scorer the Cavs need to win a Title? Will Kevin Love break out of his series long slump and put points on the board and grab some rebounds? Will JR Smith provide that scoring punch from long distance? Will Tristan Thompson step up big again like he did in the Game 6 win with another double/double? One of those guys or someone else we’re not expecting has to help out James and Irving in the scoring department to help Cleveland bring home its first ever Larry O’Brien trophy and NBA Championship.
DEFENSE – We all know defense wins championships. Tonight will be no different. Whichever team can communicate on “D”, be more physical on “D” and play it for all 24 seconds of the shot clock and for all 48 minutes of the game, will win!
There are other keys I could talk about, like “Ball Movement” on offense for the Cavs, but you already know how important that is from my previous posts or podcasts. But the ones I have mentioned above to me are the most important tonight. If the Cavs can do most, if not all of the keys listed, then they will win an NBA Title and bring the city of Cleveland something they’ve been waiting for since 1964…A World Championship!
If that happens then it will give new meaning to the phrase “O.I.C.” – Only In Cleveland! Because “Only In Cleveland” will a team have done something no other NBA team has been able to do in the history of the game, come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals and win the NBA Championship!
MY PREDICTION – Get you champagne ready, prepare for a parade in downtown Cleveland, as I like MVP LeBron James and the Cavs to defeat Steph Curry and the Warriors 104-97 in Game 7 and complete the greatest comeback in NBA history!
Jon Bozeka and I break down the Cavs impressive 115-101 win over the Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, as LeBron James, for the second straight game, scores 41 points to lead the Cavaliers to victory and a Game 7, winner take all contest on Sunday night in Oakland at Oracle Arena. The victor takes home the Larry O’Brien trophy and will be crowned 2016 NBA Champions.
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LeBRON JAMES – JR SMITH – KYRIE IRVING POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE GAME 3 NBA FIANLS – CAVS 120 WARRIORS 90
No Kevin Love no problem for the Cavs as the “Big 3” of LeBron, Kyrie and JR combined for 82 points in the Cavaliers 120-90 win over the Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Golden State still leads the series 2 games to 1, with Game 4 taking place Friday night June 10th at Quicken Loans Arena.
But lets hear what this trio had to say about their 30 point win in Game 3.
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CLEVELAND vs GOLDEN STATE
Game 1 – Thu June 2 Cleveland at Golden State 6:00PM 9:00PM ABC/R/TSN
Game 2 – Sun June 5 Cleveland at Golden State 5:00PM 8:00PM ABC/R/TSN
Game 3 – Wed June 8 Golden State at Cleveland 9:00PM 9:00PM ABC/R/SN
Game 4 – Fri June 10 Golden State at Cleveland 9:00PM 9:00PM ABC/R/SN
Game 5 * Mon June 13 Cleveland at Golden State 6:00PM 9:00PM ABC/R/TSN
Game 6 * Thu June 16 Golden State at Cleveland 9:00PM 9:00PM ABC/R/SN
Game 7 * Sun June 19 Cleveland at Golden State 5:00PM 8:00PM ABC/R/TSN
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Despite his 32 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists, LeBron James and the Cavaliers fell to the Golden State Warriors 105-97 in Game #6 and lost the 2015 NBA Finals 4 games to 2. Following the game “King James” talked the media about the loss and coming up 2 games short of winning a championship in his first year back in Cleveland.
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AGGRESSIVE, ATTACKING LEBRON – While he didn’t get the calls in Game #5 at Golden State, LeBron needs to go to the basket strong and frequently because it’s his best offensive weapon and it will put the onus on the officials to make calls if there is any contact. I expect “King James” to shoot no less than 14 free throws in this Game #6 if he attacks the rim.
POUND THE BOARDS – The Cavs lost the battle of the boards in Game #5 overall and at the offensive end, that can’t happen again in this series starting with tonight’s Game #6. Even if David Blatt decides to go small again, the Cavaliers as a unit must find a way to hold the Warriors to one shot, while at the other end create second and third chance opportunities on offense.
GET PHYSICAL WITH STEPH AND THE WARRIORS – Curry went for 37 in Game #5, if he does that again the Cavs season will end tonight and the Warriors will be NBA Champs. Overall the Cavs must make Golden State feel them from the opening tip to the final whistle. If that means take a few hard fouls and also grab, bump and knock Steph Curry around, then do it. Don’t let him get comfortable. I would also mix in a little zone when trying to play maybe Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov together, putting Lebron, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert on the perimeter and force the Warriors to go inside. Use this to try and catch Golden State by surprise and it may buy you a few minutes so you can play your “Bigs” together.
CONTROL THE TEMPO – This series has been all about the pace of the game. When Golden State has scored 100 or more points in the NBA Finals, they are (3-0). When the Cavs have held the Warriors under 100 points, Cleveland is (2-0). A slowdown, slugfest favors Cleveland. An up and down the court, track meet style game benefits the Warriors.
A SUPPORTING CAST – LeBron is doing it all and that’s still not enough. He needs a consistent second and third scorer if the Cavs are to force a Game #7 and have a chance to win the title. That means J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert must step their games up on the offensive end and provide at least 35 points between the two of them for the Cavs to have any chance. I expect LeBron to score between 35 and 45 points tonight, but without help from “The Others”, it won’t matter and the season will come to an end.
With the TV ratings at an all-time high, you know the NBA office wants a Game #7 that would feature Steph Curry and LeBron James. With that in mind and this game being played in Cleveland, I expect the Cavs to get more calls tonight giving them a chance to win Game #6, but it will come down to LeBron and “The Others” making shots and free throws. In a game in the 90’s, I expect the LeBron and the Cavs to find a way to win and force a Game #7 Friday at Golden State by defeating the Warriors tonight 95-91 at The Q!