Skipping ahead a few nights to Game 7, the NBA playoff race is officially over. It’s going to be Cleveland against Golden State, the matchup fans love to see every year. While it’s disappointing to see the Rockets’ championship dreams end here, at least fans will get a great final series.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics
LeBron James once again led his team to the NBA Finals, with a victory over the Celtics. Their 87-79 win meant the end of the road for Boston. While the team initially looked like the favorites to move past this round, never count out Cleveland. LeBron was easily the MVP of the night with 35 points, 9 assists, and 15 rebounds. He wasn’t alone, with Jeff Green contributing 19 points and 9 rebounds, while J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson also hit double digits. The Celtics had a much more spread out offense, led by Jayson Tatum’s 24 points and 7 rebounds. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to secure a victory for Boston, ending their run.
Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors
Houston gave a valiant effort in this final playoff game but without Chris Paul, their offense was sorely lacking. Eric Gordon, James Harden, Clint N’Dumba-Capela, and P.J. Tucker all stepped up their game this week. The first three all broke 20 points because Gordon ended with 23, Harden with 32, and N’Dumba-Capela with 20. But the Warriors were equally impressive with their stats as well. Kevin Durant led the team with 34 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists while Steph Curry finished with 27 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds. Draymond Green was a beast on the rim, snagging 13 rebounds for Golden State.
Now that the playoff race is over, who’s going to be the Champion? This round showed fans never to doubt “King James” and his ability to turn a high stakes game around. But Golden State has been red-hot since Steph Curry returned, not to mention Green and Durant have been lighting it up. Be sure to watch the finals live to see what the outcome will be!