A Tale Of Two MVPs: Fallout From The Western Conference Finals

Source: sportal.com.au

Source: sportal.com.au

All good things have to eventually come to an end and last night the Western Conference playoffs wrapped up with confetti falling on the Golden State Warriors. Stephen Curry proved he was the better MVP, closing out James Harden and his Houston Rockets with a gentleman’s sweep (letting your opponent win one game at home to not make them feel completely pathetic) and scheduling a date with LeBron James in the Finals. So what the hell happened in the hectic (and poorly played) Game 5 and what does this mean moving forward?

LeBron James’ Fifth Straight Finals Appearance Proves We Are Witnessing Greatness

Warrrriors, Come Out to Play

If you told me the Warriors would make the NBA Finals five years ago I would have called you an idiot to be kind. Then they drafted Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green, established a winning environment and hired Phil Jackson protégé Steve Kerr (it’s kind of eerie the parallels between Kerr and Jackson’s Bulls) to finish the job.

So now for the first time since 2012 we are getting a Finals match-up everyone wanted. We have the MVP vs. the King, the future vs. standard. Trust me when I say this—Curry will not beat LeBron James in a one-on-one match-up at all. What the Warriors will win is the role player battle. During last night’s Game 5 the star players were terrible most of the night–we’ll get to the nightmare that was James Harden—making it a role player game and the Warriors thrived.

Spearheaded by Barnes’ 24 points the Warriors held it together long enough for Curry and Klay to toss up their usual 20 points to seal the win. Players like Festus Ezeli, Andrew Bogut, Leandro Barbosa and Andre Iguodola did the little things in big moments and had the back of their stars when they needed it most. That’s what championship teams do, they win the games they shouldn’t and blow opponents out the games they should win. Can the Dubs seal the deal against the Cavs? Tune in June 4th on ABC. Bring your popcorn because this one is going to be good.

The Gift & the (Based God) Curse

Source: blacksportsonline.com

Source: blacksportsonline.com

James Harden has some serious explaining to do. As good as he looked in Game 4 (45 points) is how bad he looked in Game 5.  After all that talk of being the best player on the planet, the MVP and whatever else he came up smaller than an ant when his team needed him most. Not only did he get outplayed by Curry, but by his own teammate/fossil Jason Terry. JASON TERRY???? And I didn’t even mention that Harden set a NBA postseason-record with 13 turnovers.

Based God Curse or not that is purely pathetic and quite frankly embarrassing. Look, its fine to lose in Oakland to the Warriors. What’s not okay is only taking three three-point attempts and not demanding the ball when the game was close, instead deferring to Josh Smith (??????). The pressure clearly got to Harden last night, evidenced to his non-stop dribbling with no penetration (pause). There’s a reason he shot 2-for-11 last night—he asked for the bright lights and at the last minute realized he couldn’t see.

My recommendation to Harden for next season is to apologize to Lil B shut up and let his play catch up to his mouth. Game 5 proved Harden hasn’t completely gotten past his cold feet under the brightest lights. There were times where I got flashbacks of him looking like a deer in the headlights in the 2012 Finals last night. Whatever he needs to do to get over his cold feet he needs to figure that out this offseason because on the last game of the season he was the only one on his team that didn’t show up.