The Golden State Warriors end their 40 year losing streak, and have won the NBA championship of 2015. Cleveland could not break through such a top defensive team in this NBA final, as the odds were all with the Golden State. Lebron James was impressive, but not as impressive as he normally is.
Steven Curry took home the MVP season title, and he really deserved it. His top leadership skills, as well as the excellent way he handled the ball, were pure perfection. In the 105-97 win, Curry scored almost a quarter of the points himself; he also had five rebounds, and eight assists. He also managed to steal the ball a few times, and matched Andrew Iguodala for the team leading in points. Iguodala was off the starter list at the beginning of the season, and it outlined who the Warriors are. In game four he was again put in as a starter, and he was able to rescue the championship for the Golden State Warriors. The organization compensated him by awarding him the NBA finals MVP title, which is the first time the title was given to someone who never started in any game of the season.
James scored a third of the Cav’s points by himself, and had almost 10 assists with 18 rebounds. Eventually he did get some assistance, but it ended up being too little too late. When it came down to business, Cleveland could not get it done against the Golden State Warriors, which is the NBA’s top defensive team. James did not seem to have his usual incentive, but he had a tiresome season, in which he averaged almost 50 minutes per game. Being aware of that would make one understand why he had almost nine turnovers, and a bunch of failed rotations on defense. James did not make more than half of his 33 shots, and put way too much trust in shots from the boundaries of the court. This really did not look like the James everyone has come to know, because normally during an important game he is more focussed on getting it done.
The Golden State Warriors ended their losing streak of almost 40 years by relying on teamwork. It was the hard work of the entire team not just in the finals, but the whole season. The Warriors vowed that they would go all the way, and break the long streak, and they delivered on that promise. They had their sharpest tools charge for the basket, and were able to depend on some un-indicated players to pull it away, such as Draymond Green. He completed the game with 16 points, and a triple double. He was a recipient of more than seven of Curry’s assists, and had more than nine rebounds on defense for the Golden State Warriors. Curry was leading his team to victory without being a glory hog, because he knew the way to get it done was for everyone to do their part, and he did what he had to do to help them out. Festus Ezeli was pure aspiration for the Golden State Warriors entire team when he came off the bench as a spot man, and caught the Cav’s looking the other way. Shaun Livingston just eight years ago had a horrific leg injury, which made the doctors seriously consider amputating it, but in game 6 he cam through as that flawless last piece of the puzzle with impressive playing, which inspired his team to move the ball so very well.
For the Golden State Warriors to end a long losing streak of 40 years is impressive, especially the way they handled the ball, and worked together. Curry’s determination and love for the sport seems to pour over on to his team. The Warriors really did work hard, and this celebration has been a long time coming for the fans. Indeed, every fan should be able to see their team win the championship at least once.
Opinion by Katherine Miller-Chichester
Edited by Chanel van der Woodsen
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