Cleveland’s had a great run, pushing the 67-win Warriors to the brink. But after seeing the way Golden State has dominated the last two games, one has to think this series is over, right? The Cavs do still have LeBron James, who’s turning in one of the greatest individual performances you will ever see, but it’s quite obvious at this point that Stephen Curry and the troops are just the better team. Now they just need to prove it one last time.
Curry was dynamite in the fourth quarter of Golden State’s Game 5 win. We also can’t forget about Andre Iguodala, a surprise series MVP candidate. Both of them deserve props this week because in Style Points, it’s not always about what you do. It’s about how you do it.
From Cinderella stories to impressive sneaker stashes in this week’s Style Points: Stephen Curry Explodes in Game 5; Thaddeus Young Reveals His Sneaker Stash.
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STEPHEN CURRY & ANDRE IGUODALA
Curry threw up 17 points in the fourth quarter of Golden State’s huge Game 5 win, hitting wild three-pointers from all over the court and generally making the Cavs look stupid on defense. It was one of the highest-scoring fourth quarters in the NBA Finals in 10 years.
Then there was Iggy, who relayed another great defensive game by hitting two of the biggest baskets of the game: a corner three-pointer when the game was still totally up in the air, and then a miraculous layup–plus the foul–off of an offensive rebound. He’s a wild card MVP candidate right now for the way he’s controlling LeBron on one end and how he’s making pivotal shots on the other. Now, if he can just make some free throws…
Shump hasn’t had a great series in the NBA Finals but it’s hardly mattered because his defense has been so good. The 6-5 guard scored just 16 points through the first three games, shooting only 5-for-19 from the floor. But he also played through a shoulder injury sustained during Cleveland’s big Game 3 win and for a team that simply needed bodies at that point–no matter who they were–Shumpert more than held his own.
As for off the floor, Iman is no role player. He’s arguably the best rapper in the game and even recently dropped a nice little freestyle to ESPN’s First Take with Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith.
In a recent matchup with Ghana in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, MALI dropped the hammer with three amazing goals. Diadie Samassekou, Dieudeonne Gbakli, and Aboubacar Doumbia brought the heat, and the country looks like a legitimate sleeper contender at the 2022 World Cup. It’s one thing to show up and overcome expectations. It’s another to dominate everyone, and make it look easy while doing it.
Can we all just take a second? Maybe two? What Dellavedova has done during the NBA Finals was one of the most improbable things I’ve ever seen in the NBA. In what feels like 12 months, he’s gone from a nobody to, not only an MVP stopper on defense, but also to LeBron‘s right hand man. In Game 1, the Aussie played nine minutes. Golden State won. But in Games 2 and 3, he played a total of 81, and in Game 3 he scored 20 points. That’s the second-most points the guard has ever scored in an NBA game.
When you think of the biggest sneakerheads in the NBA, you generally think of names like Wilson Chandler and Nate Robinson and Nick Young. Thaddeus Young of the Brooklyn Nets isn’t necessarily considered part of that group. But still, he’s an NBA player who gets loads of free stuff and much of that turns out to be amazing player exclusive sneakers.
Young has been previewing his collection recently on Twitter and among the rare stuff stashed away in his shoe closets appear to be a number of vintage classic models, as well as some amazing player exclusives for sneakers such as the Air Jordan VIII, XII, and XIII. He even has a few PEs that once belonged to Ray Allen. This is true heat that’s almost unobtainable for anyone who isn’t a famous athlete.
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