NBA 2015 Western Conference Finals Preview

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Louisville, KY May 19, 2015 (Analyzed Sports)  By: Charron Elliott

Who is the Real MVP?

Well we finally have the NBA Playoffs series we wanted in the Western Conference, as the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors will meet in the Conference Finals. Game one will be Tuesday at 9:00 PM EST and this series looks to have a very promising match-up. The Houston Rockets finished with the second best record in the West at 56-26, while the Warriors finished with the best overall record in the NBA at 67-15.

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Stephen Curry (#30 of the Golden State Warriors (Photo By: Golden State Warriors AP)

While both teams are loaded with great talent, the emphasis will be on All-Star shooting guard James Harden of Houston and the NBA’s regular season MVP,Stephen Curry of Golden State. Both of them put up great numbers in the regular season and have been spectacular to watch during the playoffs as well. Stephen Curry averaged nearly 24 points, seven assists, and four rebounds per game during the regular season. In the playoffs Curry is averaging nearly 28 points, seven assists, and five rebounds per game, while shooting an amazing 46% behind the three-point line in road games this post season.

As for James Harden AKA “The Beard”, he averaged nearly 27 points, seven assists, and five rebounds per game during the NBA regular season. The key for Harden has been his ability to bait defenders into fouling him as he averaged nearly ten free throw attempts per game, while shooting 87% from the foul line this season. During the playoffs Harden is averaging nearly 27 points, eight assists, and five rebounds per game, while shooting nearly 94% from the foul line.

NBA 2015 Western Conference Finals Preview

So obviously Harden and Curry are their teams best players, but we all know in the NBA playoffs other players have to step-up. For the Rockets one other key name to note is Josh Smith, who has averaged nearly 13 points, six rebounds, and two assists during the Playoffs. Smith had 19 points for the Rockets in game six against the Los Angeles Clippers, hitting 4/7 of his three-point attempts which led to a 119-107 Rockets win. That game would force the Rockets and Clippers to a game seven in Houston on Sunday, where the Rockets won 113-100. Houston defeated the Clippers in three straight games after trailing 3-1 in the series, something that rarely ever happens in the NBA Playoffs.

 As for the Warriors one role player to pay attention to will be Draymond Green. Draymond was  thought of by many basketball analysts to be a potential Defensive Player of the Year Award candidate. Green, at 6 ft. 7, is a versatile undersized power forward who can guard multiple positions on the floor. He is also a threat to score averaging nearly 14 points per game in the playoffs and can pass the ball extremely well. Another consistent role player for the Warriors is forward Harrison Barnes, who is shooting nearly 51% from the field.

With all of this said the last thing I want to mention is the fact that James Harden felt like he was robbed of the NBA MVP award, so “The Beard” will be looking forward to making a statement against Curry and the Warriors. On the flip side Stephen Curry will likely want to prove why he is the MVP and that it wasn’t a mistake by voters. This will be must see TV if you are a basketball fan, as this series may decide who the real MVP is.

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