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Magic Johnson says LeBron might be having greatest Finals ever, and Curry and Green need to keep quiet
Magic Johnson knows a thing or two about coming up big in the NBA Finals, winning five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and, in 2012, ranking sixth all time on ESPN Insider's list of best Finals performances for his showing in 1987.
Which leads us to this tweet from Wednesday:
If LeBron keeps playing the way he's playing & the Cavs win the title, this will be the single greatest performance we've seen in the Finals— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) June 10, 2015
This isn't crazy. Through three games, James is averaging 41.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 8.3 assists in 47.3 minutes. He's shooting only 40.2 percent from the field, but with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love out it's hard to fault James for taking a lot of shots even as the Golden State Warriors' defense keys on him (oh, and the Cleveland Cavaliers lead the series 2-1).
Magic didn't let that tweet stand alone; he continued to talk up LeBron, and directly referenced James' field goal attempts (35.7 per game in the series).
After the first 3 games LeBron James should be on everybody's Mt. Rushmore...including mine!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) June 10, 2015
LeBron, don't listen to anybody, keep shooting as many times as you have to for your team to win!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) June 10, 2015
Magic also gave a shoutout to the breakout star of the NBA Finals, and to Cleveland's overall team effort ...
In the NBA Finals there's always going to be unsung heroes and Matthew Dellavedova is playing that role for the Cavs.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) June 10, 2015
The Cavaliers defense has been awesome and they have been physically & mentally tougher than the Warriors.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) June 10, 2015
... but he was not so kind to the Warriors, particularly NBA MVP Stephen Curry and defensive anchor Draymond Green:
I love Steph Curry & Draymond Green, but they both need to stop complaining to the referees and play basketball.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) June 10, 2015
One thing that's inarguable, and that no one is complaining about: the level of drama in this series.
H/T Sporting News
Stephen Curry is the 2015 NBA MVP. He has favored to be an NBA champion. And yet, he's 6-foot-3, 190 pounds and plays a position that doesn't often dominate games.
What's behind his effectiveness? One of the reasons is his prodigious shooting ability. The son of great NBA marksman Dell Curry put up a 48.7 field-goal percentage/44.3 3-point percentage/91.4 free-throw percentage line this season, while attempting 17, eight and four per game, respectively.
All of this got Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report to ask five of the NBA's greatest shooters ever -- Steve Nash, Rick Barry, Kiki Vandeweghe, Chuck Person and Dana Barros -- where the man some call "Chef" ranks among the league's greatest long-range cooks.
According to Nash, Vandeweghe, Person and Barros: He's probably No. 1.
Barros: "You could make a case for him as the best ever. You'd have a harder time making the case against him."
Person: "I don't think there's ever been anybody better."
Vandeweghe, on Curry's 2014-15 season in particular: "Comparing year to year, people at their peak, I've never seen anyone better."
And Nash: "Truly, from the eye test, he's the greatest there's ever been."
They went into a lot more detail about what makes Curry truly special; check out the full piece here.
The 2015 NBA MVP, Stephen Curry, is really good at basketball. Tell us something we don't know.
So it shouldn't come as a big surprise that he was a baller back in middle school as well. In Lee Jenkins' Sports Illustrated profile on the NBA superstar, Dell Curry (Stephen's father) reveals that he had to excuse himself from his son's eighth-grade basketball game in which he dropped 63 points. Why? Simply because Steph was making the other team look foolish:
"All these people were coming in to see what was going on, and there was so much commotion, it seemed like he was never going to stop," former NBA marksman Dell Curry recalls. "I had to get out of there. I felt bad for the other team. I couldn't watch what he was doing to those kids."
At least his eighth-grade foes can sleep easy knowing it wasn't them, it was Steph Curry.
Check out the full profile for more stories about the baby-faced assassin.
On Wednesday we asked fans: Who, among the top four choices, is your pick for 2014-15 NBA MVP?
As of Thursday evening, the results were nearly unanimous: Stephen Curry, the prodigious point guard who has led the Golden State Warriors to be the best team in the NBA, is the one.
Unless you're an Oklahoman:
Yes, Texas chose Curry over Houston Rockets star James Harden and, even more surprisingly, Ohio picked Steph over homecoming king LeBron James. But the Sooner State is standing with its own point guard: Russell Westbrook, whose recent triple-double binge has helped keep the Oklahoma City Thunder in playoff position despite the absence of Serge Ibaka and reigning MVP Kevin Durant.
If you haven't yet voted, now it's your turn: Do you stand with Oklahoma, or the rest of America?
Surprise, surprise: Stephen Curry had some, um, advanced basketball skills as an eighth-grader. Playing against his dad Dell Curry in the video below, Steph -- who was No. 12 back then -- showed off impressive court vision, smooth handles and, of course, some deep range.
You see that pull-up 3 around the one-minute mark? Yeah, that looks a little familiar.
H/T: The Toronto Star