A TRUE WARRIOR
Until the eve of the last day of the NBA season, the Western Conference had yet one matchup set. The Western Conference, this year, is incredibly stacked and the competition is anxiously close.The only seed that was for certain was the number one seed that was clinched by the Golden State Warriors with a record-breaking season, since respectably 1975–1976, of 59–23. The number 2 seed to the 6th was, then, a cluster for there had been eight different scenarios that could have been played out.
Ongoing to the playoffs, the seeds have been determined and with a season regular sheet of 56 wins and 26 losses, the Houston Rockets battled their way on securing the second seed. Key player of this organization success was, KIA MVP contender, James Harden. “Fear the Beard” had superb success this season averaging 27.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 7 assists per game. James also led the NBA scoring and more than ten times, this season, had he score 40 points or more, recording 24 double-doubles. Although Harden’s great success, the Houston Rockets have a remarkable roster that has succeeded to work in synergy. With the help of Dwight Howard, Terrence Jones, Josh Smith, Trevor Ariza and, nonetheless, James Harden, the Rockets secured first place is point per game with 117.0. Also, reaching a tied second place in field goal percentage of 47%. Additionally, the team reached 5th in assists per game, demonstrating great teamwork with an average of 23.8. Nonetheless, to say that the Houston Rockets are definitely a force to be reckoned with might be an understatement.
Now, on the other hand, we have the Golden State Warriors, who have, as previously said, the best record in the NBA regular season with a total of 59 wins and 23 losses. Stephen Curry, who recently has been honoured with the KIA MVP this year, along with his “splash brother” Klay Thompson have brought the Warriors to win their first round series 4–0 against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday. Golden State has been front-runners in this year’s regular season. Following the Wizards, the Warriors finished the season 4th in most point per game with an average of 108.8 points per game, 3rd in assists per game, 4th in three point percentage and 5th in blocks per game. An outstanding year it has been for the Golden State Warriors!
Nonetheless, the performances of Stephen Curry led him to be this year’s NBA KIA most valuable player with an amazing season record for three-pointers made. Curry becomes the second ever, in the history of the Golden State Warriors, to win the award alongside Wilt Chamberlain, who had won the award in the 1959–1960 season. The 6’3 guard has recorded so far an average of 23.8 points per game (sixth in the NBA), 7.7 assists per game (6th position in the NBA); a career-high 2.04 steals (4th in the NBA), along with 4.3 rebounds. Curry also broke his own NBA record, from the 2012–2013 season, of 272 three-pointers made with a total of 286 three-pointers made this season. The Warriors guard shot a percentage of 48.7 from the field and was also fourth in the league with 44.3 percent in three-point field goal. Furthermore, he also led the NBA in free throw percentage with 91.4 correlating with his career-high 52 consecutive free throws from March 9th to April 4th. Impressive credentials have Curry put up this season!
In all odds, the Golden State warriors have a slight advantage over the Rockets, with the KIA NBA MVP, Stephen Curry, and the Warriors, who have led an amazing season so far. I sure hope for an amazing matchup in between the Warriors and the Rockets, as both finalist of the MVP award go head-to-head, for the Western Conference finals. The series are currently tied up for the Warriors and the Grizzlies and as for the Rockets are trailing their series 1–0 against the Clippers. Tonight’s Clippers-Rockets game air at 9:30Pm, so tune in to see if the Houston Rockets tie up their series 1–1 a piece!