"We have a veteran ballclub", LeBron James said. Westbrook averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists becoming the first player since Oscar Robertson in the 1961-62 season to average a triple-double for an entire season.
LeBron James turns on the boosters for the chasedown! And I think Westbrook is very deserving of this, simply because of the adversity he has dealt with, and breaking Oscar Robertson triple double record is a feat that I thought would never be broken.
Locked and loaded from the start, the Cavaliers were precise on both ends in the Game 2 bludgeoning on Friday. But once again, we're talking about two totally different standards. The Celtics had just won a hard fought 7-game series against the Washington Wizards to reach the Eastern Conference Finals, supposedly demonstrating the team's mettle during moments of adversity. This season? A measly 25ppg and 41 percent from deep. Voters were asked to select two guards, two forwards and one center for each team, picking players at the position they play regularly.
The idea that their success has been artificially engineered in conjunction with a league-ruinous trend is as bogus as the claim that the CT women's dominance is all because of Auriemma's metronomic recruitment of the best players.
"I didn't see it, and what you gon do about it at the end of the day". Gordon, in his first season as a non-starter, set the record for most 3-pointers for a player off the bench. Sure, Durant's game changed when he joined the Warriors, he's counted on less than he was in OKC, and he has more freedom to make mistakes with such an impressive supporting cast around him. Leanord and Lebron are equal when it comes to the points spectrum but Lebron averages more assists and rebounds.
James seemingly has become a victim of his own success. "We were poor. You've got to be able to pick up the slack, certainly, when other guys aren't available". He lets his play speak for itself, and he doesn't have much to say about anything.
James clearly took the high road at the postgame presser, but Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reported that LeBron was a little more irritated than he let on during the press conference. The second reason is his defense, which is arguably even better than his offense. "We're going back home, we're not going to get comfortable".
Among the three finalists nominated for the award is Westbrook, who is believed to be the heavy favorite to win it for the first time in his career.
So LeBron isn't among the finalist for MVP. "I told you we had another level and you looked at me insane", he said. Brogdon was a pleasant surprise for the Bucks. Paul missed a quarter of the season himself, which likely docked him points.
Late Friday, Auriemma reminded us that it was Mississippi State that ended Connecticut's 111-game winning streak this year in the NCAA semifinals.
One of Celtics coach Brad Stevens' takeaways from Cleveland's historic 130-86 dismantling of his team was how well the Cavs' reserves played after the issue was well in hand at the start of the fourth quarter.