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Tristan Thompson slams in LeBron James’ miss (video)


LeBron James attracts so much attention when he has the ball.

He shot 6-for-14 in the first half of Game 6, but the Cavaliers have offensively rebounded five of his eight misses!

None was more spectacular than this Tristan Thompson dunk to late in the second quarter. That put Cleveland, which trailed by 13, within two after it seemed the Warriors might just run away with this game.

Timofey Mozgov with monster rejection of Andre Iguodala (VIDEO)

2015 NBA Finals - Game Six
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David Blatt stayed big with Timofey Mozgov in Game 6 and this is why.

The Warriors started the second quarter 1-of-10 shooting and Mozgov was a big reason why. He had three blocks in the second quarter, a few more shots altered. He was a key reason the Cavaliers cut Golden State’s 15-point lead down to five at one point in the second quarter.

Stephen Curry goes high — crazy high — off the glass for the layup

2015 NBA Finals - Game Six

If you’re going to float the ball over Timofey Mozgov, you better get it close to orbit before it comes down.

Stephen Curry does that here.

The Warriors started 1of-4 for shooting, while Cavaliers got points in the paint, and the Cavs raced out to a 7-2 lead. That didn’t last long. The Warriors came back on a 9-1 run to take the lead back on a Curry corner three. Not long later this came. And the Warriors led by 13 by the end of the first quarter.

LeBron James says Cavaliers won’t change starters for Game 6

2015 NBA Finals - Game Three

The small-ball Warriors jumped to an 8-2 lead in Game 5, practically running Timofey Mozgov off the court for most of the rest of the game.

David Blatt defended the strategy of sitting Mozgov, but the Cavaliers coach also wouldn’t say whether he’d repeat it in Game 6.

LeBron James let the cat out of the bag – at least about the first few minutes of the contest.

Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:

That’s be LeBron, Mozgov, Matthew Dellavedova, Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson.

I’m not sure whether LeBron is revealing Blatt’s plan, dictating the plan himself or even telling the truth.

Starting Mozgov might be the right move. I don’t think it will work, but I don’t think benching Mozgov would work either. The Warriors are the better team, and most Cleveland strategies are bound to fail.

The Cavs just don’t have enough depth to tinker too much. Their perimeter players are already overextended, and the more Mozgov sits to go small, the more they play.

Blatt has shown a willingness to adjust quickly. Just because Mozgov starts doesn’t mean he’ll play major minutes. But it at least buys J.R. Smith a few minutes extra rest. If Cleveland goes small, Smith will have to play a lot.

Finals MVP is three-man race, but is LeBron James the frontrunner?

Stephen Curry, LeBron James

It is possible — I would suggest even likely — that the NBA Finals will end on Tuesday night in Cleveland. Which means the MVP trophy would be voted on by select members of the media, then handed out.

And for the first time since 1969 and “The Logo” Jerry West was putting up ridiculous numbers, a player on the losing side could win the award.

With only a game or two left in the NBA season, the Finals MVP is down to a three-man race. Maybe two with a dark horse is a better way to put it. And how the final games play out will have a factor in the voting — we all often value most what impressed most recently. It’s human nature.

Here are the three guys that can win it, in the order I think is most likely to happen.

1) Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors. He is on top for this simple reason: Voters want to pick someone from the winning team. Some might even say the winner has to come from the winning team (I disagree, but the sentiment is out there). If he has another brilliant shooting night and owns Game 6 as the Warriors close it out, expect him to win.

And he deserves to be on this list. Curry has been the game-changer in this series, you could see in the fourth quarter of Game 3 he had finally figured out Matthew Dellavedova and the Cavaliers’ defense. In the fourth quarter of Game 5, he dropped 17, hit some signature baskets and put his stamp on the series. He has been the leading scorer and (arguably) best player on the best team. But I think he needs a big Game 6 to secure the MVP award.

2) LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers. If you’re going to pick the single best player in the NBA Finals to win the MVP it’s not eve close, it goes to LeBron. What else could he do? Sell beer on the concourse during timeouts? His statistics are ridiculous: He has averaged 36.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game. Or look at it this way: on LeBron’s shots, assists, and the offensive rebounds off his shots the Cavaliers have an eFG% of 51.6 percent, on all other shots not created by LeBron it is 30.7 percent. He has largely controlled the tempo of the series. He has been their offense — and played well on defense. There is no question who the single best player in this series has been. But if the award for “most valuable” has to go to a guy on the winning team, then LeBron is out of luck.

LeBron doesn’t want it, by the way.

“I wouldn’t feel good about it at all,” James said. “At the end of the day I’m here to win a team prize, and that’s to win a championship, not an individual prize.”

3) Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors. We’ve already made the case for him as MVP. He has averaged 14.6 points per game on 54.9 percent shooting, he has it 40.7 percent from three, plus he has guarded LeBron most of the series and done a respectable job on him. The Warriors are not on the cusp of a title without him. If Curry doesn’t have a monster Game 6, Iguodala does, the Warriors win, and voters are looking for a Curry alternative, Iguodala is in the mix. Consider him a dark horse.