Wednesday, April 6, 2016

2015 NBA Finals, Cleverland Cavaliers

 

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2015 NBA Finals
NBA Finals logo
Team Coach Wins
Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr 4
Cleveland Cavaliers David Blatt 2
Dates June 4–16
MVP Andre Iguodala
(Golden State Warriors)
Television U.S.:
English: ABC
Spanish: ESPN Deportes
Canada:
TSN
Announcers ABC:
ESPN Deportes:
Radio network ESPN Radio
Announcers Mike Tirico and Hubie Brown
Referees
Game 1: Monty McCutchen, James Capers, and Jason Phillips
Game 2: Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, and Zach Zarba
Game 3: Dan Crawford, Marc Davis, and Derrick Stafford
Game 4: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, and Ken Mauer
Game 5: Monty McCutchen, James Capers, and Jason Phillips
Game 6: Scott Foster, Marc Davis, and Zach Zarba
Eastern Finals Cavaliers defeated Hawks, 4–0
Western Finals Warriors defeated Rockets, 4–1
NBA Finals
The 2015 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2014–15 season of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the conclusion of the season's playoffs. The Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors defeated the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers in six games (4–2) for the Warriors' first title in 40 years and their fourth in franchise history, becoming the first team since the 1990–91 Chicago Bulls to win a championship without any prior Finals experience from any player on their roster. Golden State's Andre Iguodala was named the Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP).
The Warriors were led by 2014–15 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Stephen Curry, while the Cavaliers featured four-time league MVP LeBron James. Both teams entered the series with title droughts of four decades, with the Cavaliers having never won a title since their 1970–71 inception and the Warriors' last title having been in 1975.[1] This was also the first time that both participating teams had first-year head coaches since the inaugural league finals in 1947, when the NBA was known as the Basketball Association of America (BAA).[2] It was the fifth consecutive finals appearance for James who played for the Miami Heat the previous four seasons,[3] making him the first NBA player since the Boston Celtics dynasty of the 1960s to achieve this accomplishment.
James also became the first player in NBA Finals history to lead both teams in points, assists and rebounds for the entire series. He averaged 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists for the series, although he shot 39.8% throughout the series. [4][5]
For the second straight year, the Finals was played in the 2–2–1–1–1 format (Games 1, 2, 5, and 7 were at Golden State, games 3, 4, and 6 were at Cleveland). The series began on June 4, 2015, and it ended on June 16, 2015, and in the United States, it was televised on ABC and in Canada, it was televised on TSN.

Background

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers entered the 2014–15 season after firing Mike Brown and replacing him with David Blatt as head coach, signing free agent forward LeBron James, and trading for forward Kevin Love. James previously played for Cleveland from 2003 to 2010, leading the Cavaliers to their only previous Finals appearance in 2007. James then played for the Miami Heat from 2010 to 2014, leading the Heat to two NBA championships in 2012 and 2013. During the 2014 NBA draft on June 26, 2014, Cleveland held the first overall pick and used it to select Andrew Wiggins. Later on August 23, a three-team trade was completed involving the Cavaliers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Philadelphia 76ers. As part of the deal, Cleveland dealt Wiggins and Anthony Bennett and received Love.[6]
James, Love, and guard Kyrie Irving became dubbed nationally as the "Big Three".[7] The Cavaliers got off to a shockingly bad start that led to intense media scrutiny and caused many to question David Blatt's job security. The team got off to a 19–20 start in their first 39 games, which included a stretch where they were 2–10 in 12 games that began with a road loss to the Miami Heat on December 25. Injuries to LeBron James and "chemistry issues," with James "still learning how to play with his new teammates and vice versa,"[8] were considered to be the primary reasons for the underwhelming start. However, a number of trades turned the season around. The Cavaliers acquired J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from the Knicks in exchange for draft picks while sending Dion Waiters to the Thunder. The Cavaliers then acquired Timofey Mozgov. James's return to the Cavaliers' lineup (following a 2-week layoff) on January 12 completed the turnaround. The Cavaliers closed out the season on a high note, going 34–9 as Cleveland compiled a 53–29 regular season record to win the Central Division title, and the second best record in the Eastern Conference behind the Atlanta Hawks. The Cavaliers advanced to the Finals after sweeping the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, defeating the Chicago Bulls in six games during the second round, and sweeping the Hawks in the conference finals.

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