Let’s be honest, now that we’ve watched the Celtics and Rockets basically choke away their chances at playing in the NBA Finals, we have to sit through yet another Warriors and Cavaliers championship. And again, if we’re keeping it real the Cavs have little to no chance at beating the sharpshooters that wait for them in Golden State. Which leaves me to my ultimate point, which is losing another Finals is the only thing that can hurt Lebron’s legacy.
Lebron James is a 3-time champion, 3-time Finals MVP, 4-Time MVP, 14-time All Star, 3-Time MVP of the All Star Game, 12-Time First Team All NBA, top 10 scorer of all time, the all time leader in playoff points, and the list goes on and on. The arguments for him being the greatest basketball player ever are alive and well. Lebron James has led his team to the NBA Finals 8 years in a row now, something like that sounds made up. You could list his accomplishments for days, because there’s tons of them, and yet people are holding on to one thing when it comes to the King, his finals losses.
Of course making it to the big dance every year for pretty much a whole decade is extremely impressive, but it means nothing if you’re losing all the time. And that is why Lebron may never be looked at as the “G.O.A.T.”. Of course you’ll have the people who come to his defense and say that he is over-matched in majority of the Finals series he’s played in but that doesn’t matter. Because his naysayers will always bring up his not so stellar record in the NBA Finals (he’s currently 3-5).
Golden State was a problem for Lebron before the Kevin Durant addition, but we saw last year that with him on their squad they’re pretty much unbeatable. This current Cavs team doesn’t have the star power nor the scoring ability that Golden State does, so its really hard to see an outcome in which they’re the ones carrying the Larry O’Brien trophy. But with all that being said, you should never count out someone as great as Lebron James, so we’ll just have to see how things play out.
Tune into the NBA Finals that begin at 9PM on May 31st on ABC.
The MVP race for this season is probably as close as its ever been due to the amazing play from several superstars. With that said, there are two front runners who have been in the conversation since the beginning of the year; and that’s James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Its basically like choosing between the red pill and the blue pill at this point. Both players are having record breaking seasons, so no matter who wins it would be understandable.
If there was someone who had an edge it would probably be Russell Westbrook because he’s averaging a Triple-Double for the entire year, a feat that hasn’t been done since Oscar Robertson did it in 1962. Not only is he averaging a triple-double but he’s set the record for most triple-doubles in a single season, with 42, and possibly a few more before the season’s end. Westbrook also leads the league in points per game with 31.7, and probably the most important factor of Westbrook’s season is that this is all following the departure of his long time teammate Kevin Durant, who left at the end of last season to play for the Golden State Warriors.
Westbrook’s season has been one for the record books, but don’t sleep on Harden’s season. He may not be averaging a triple double, but he sure is pretty close. Harden is currently averaging 29.2 points per game (2nd in the league), 8.1 Rebounds a game, and 11.2 assists per game (1st in the NBA). His assists numbers are not something to be overlooked because with a league that is dominated by elite point guards; the league’s assist leader is a shooting guard, that’s impressive. Harden is also playing for the most successful team, with his team sitting in 3rd place in the Western Conference with a 53-26 record while Westbrook’s Thunder are in 6th place with a 45-34 record. This makes things even more interesting, because if these standings stay the same by playoff time that means we’ll see a first round matchup where these two teams will play each other.
The winner of the MVP this year will ultimately come down to what the voters value more important. If they care for record breaking and stats alone, then Westbrook will probably be winning, which would be a pretty safe bet. But if they decide that they’re going to reward winning and take into consideration that Harden is doing almost everything that Westbrook is with just a few less rebounds a game, then Harden will be the MVP. Brodie vs The Beard, the former teammates to be the league’s premier player, the story writes itself.
For years, literally years, we’ve watched the Lady Huskies of the University of Connecticut dominate the Women’s college basketball landscape. In fact, dominate could very well be an understatement for how well this team has played in recent history. This week, the world finally saw the 111-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of the Mississippi State.
Just for some background on how great this team has been during this legendary streak, this is a streak that’s been going on since November 23, 2014. That is 867 days that they remained undefeated. During this streak, the Huskies were never ranked lower than number 3 in the nation. This streak also included 61 wins where they defeated their opponents by 40 or more points. 108 of their wins were games decided by a double-digit margin, so only 3 of their games were close games (according to NCAA.com). And before this streak, they had a 46 game win streak, so yeah this team is pretty good.
UCONN’s women’s basketball is just known for winning, so much so it reached the point where the possibility of them losing just seemed impossible. Whoever they played was always the underdog, so to see them finally lose is a shock to the world. Actually, the fact that the game was close was a surprise, but then for them to lose, on a buzzer beater was something that should be in a movie.
UCONN head coach, Geno Auriemma was very humble in defeat, “Look, nobody’s won more than we’ve won. I understand losing, believe it or not. We haven’t lost in a while, but I understand it. I know how to appreciate when other people win.” It’s good to know that all the winning hasn’t caused him to be arrogant. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Huskies will be be on another streak, but just goes to show you that nothing lasts forever.