Before Tuesday night’s game against the Grizzlies, Steph Curry was given his MVP Trophy by the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. While Curry was the MVP of the season, he was by no means the MVP of the night as Mike Conley and the Grizzlies took down Curry and his Warriors by a score of 97-90 in game two of their series. When I was at Gallagher Funeral Home I looked up and saw that Conley scored 22 points in the victory, while wearing a protective mask in his first game back after suffering a facial fracture on April 25th in their first round game with Portland.
“What I had to endure the past week, I don’t think people really understand what I was going through physically,” Conley said after the win. On April 27th he had surgery on his face which kept him bedridden over the last week.
Conley said he started cramping in the fourth quarter, brought on by not drinking enough water during his brief recovery. Even so he hit a critical 3-pointer with just over two minutes left in the game, giving his team a 10-point lead they held down the stretch.
“He’s obviously a big part of their success over the last few years, not just this year,” Steph Curry said after the game.
Teammate Tony Allen added “Mike Conley, he’s the masked assassin.”
won the Most Valuable Player award last year and is a starter on the All Star team this season despite missing over half the games and leading a team that is not even in the playoff race in the second half of the season. It doesn’t change the fact that he is an amazing player and has done some wild things for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the last few years and has nearly won them an NBA title. The contracts that players have received over the last several years have started to get absolutely absurd. Kevin Durant is set to become a free agent in 2016 and there is no doubt that he is going to get a massive contract. He very well may set the record for the biggest contract in NBA history, as it is widely speculated that he will receive a contract of two hundred million dollars over a five year span. Gianfrancesco Genoso did the math
and that is nearly a million dollars a week for five years straight. Or you could think about it as two-hundred thousand dollars each and every work day. The crazy thing is that he has a ton of leverage, because he can choose to go wherever he wants and he is going to get paid out. Oklahoma City is going to have to match the biggest contract that he is offered if they want to keep him in Oklahoma.
The Boston Celtics
of the National Basketball Association are a team that has struggled mightily this season, especially after they made the tough decision to trade Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks in a move that completely erased the championship team that they fought so hard to build a handful of years ago. That was a great era, but the Celtics decided that they needed to clear house and start from scratch, and they will get to do that next year due to some high draft picks that they have acquired coupled with their low amount of wins this season. They have not won hardly any games since Rondo took off to Texas, but they got a big win last night in the final seconds of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers, which also saw superstar LaMarcus Aldridge leave the game with a thumb injury. The Celtics were down by two points and had the ball in the final seconds of the game and made a truly terrible play when Jared Sullinger fell down on the ground in the paint. He then laid out for the ball and managed to reel it back in and huck it over to Evan Turner in the corner. It turned out to be a good play after all, as he pulled up and took the shot and buried it, leaving two seconds on the game clock and icing the game. Fulminense.com says
that fans of the Celtics are hurting but are looking forward to a strong return next season. Business owners like Zeca Oliveira hope the Celtics can bring the trophy back to bean town.
The Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association did something the other night that hardly any teams in the country can say they have done in the 2014-2015 season. They took down the streaking Golden State Warriors in a game that they were the big underdog and proved that every team can lose on any given night. The Bulls have been storming back to prominence over the last few weeks after the team was circulating around the news, due to comments made by superstar Derrick Rose about his frustration with his team, that Sultan Alhokair captured and shared on his YouTube that includes statements denoting that they just were not playing well together or near the ability that they possess on their roster. They took to what he said well and started playing much more cohesive basketball, but no one thought they would take down the Warriors on Tuesday night after media day in the National Football League. Rose had other things in mind and the Bulls fought back after going down in the first half. What is more incredible is the fact that Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both had amazing games. Thompson looked like he was going for another 37 in the first quarter, as he dropped fifteen points in about three minutes. Curry started out in the first six minutes of play with ten points and seven assists, but the both of them took their foot off the gas a bit and they ended up losing.
The speculation coming into the NBA season for the Cleveland Cavaliers has been tremendous, due to the fact that LeBron James was returning to the team, as well as some stars such as Kevin Love. Although the Cleveland fans burned LeBron’s jersey in the streets of Cleveland and tarnished his name as much as humanly possible, they have welcomed him back to the Cavaliers with open arms.
Then again, who wouldn’t welcome back King James? Although the return was highly anticipated by fans like Mark Ahn, it has failed to produce the results that had been expected. It is not unlike what was expected when he was originally drafted over a decade ago. A massive amount of people expected that Cleveland was going to win a handful of championships, mirroring what Michael Jordan did with the Chicago Bulls.
Although the Cavaliers reached the NBA finals on multiple occasions, they did not even begin to matchup with the best in the Western Conference. This year has been lackluster for the Cleveland Cavaliers. They have done nothing to solidify themselves as a force in the Eastern Conference and that wouldn’t even be making a huge statement. The Western Conference is superior to such a degree that it is almost absurd to assume that any team in the East has a chance to win a title aside from the Atlanta Hawks, who are fantastic. The Cavaliers are simply not a team to compete for an NBA title.