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NBA Christmas Day Schedule

NBA Christmas Day Schedule – Five Reasons to Tune in

The National Basketball Association released the NBA official schedule for the 2015-2016 season, and as always, NBA Christmas Day schedule and games are cream of the crop. Many people believe that the official season in the NBA starts after Christmas day, when teams get their feet wet and contenders emerge, while pretenders fall back in the standings. Here are five reasons to tune in on Christmas Day and spend the day and the night watching basketball.

NBA Christmas Day Schedule

Miami Heat vs. New Orleans Pelicans 12:00PM ET

The NBA Christmas Day Schedule kicks off with the Heat hosting the Pelicans and the young rising star, Anthony Davis. This will be the first time fans get to see Davis play on a Christmas day, and the young star will surely not disappoint. The Heat are regulars on Christmas day for the past several years, and they always put on a show. This year’s Christmas day games will be competitive, with almost every team making the playoffs the year before and watching Davis probably destroying the Heat is a nice appetizer.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls 2:30PM ET

Since the World Cup in 2010, Chicago’s Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant from the Thunder have been marketed as the next generation stars in the NBA. And While Durant has established himself as one of the top 5 players in the league, Rose won an MVP award following the World Cup, but has been injured ever since. The Thunder and the Bulls were and still are up and coming teams, and they have had several Christmas day matchups in the past few years. The two teams play either on opening night, or on Christmas. And since they meet just twice during the regular season, watching them on Christmas makes it that much more special.

Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers 5:00PM ET

The Cavs at Warriors matchup is the highlight of the NBA Christmas day schedule. This will be the first time the two teams meet after the Finals, and this time, the Cavs might be healthy. With Love, James, Irving, Curry, Thompson, Green and Iguodala, there are more than enough stars on the floor to entice your attention. Toss in Lebron’s motivation for revenge, and this might turn into a playoff atmosphere game, if not Finals atmosphere. By Christmas, we might even know the roster for Team USA, and both Curry and Irving compete for a spot. If one of them doesn’t make the cut, he will definitely have a reason more to go at the other.

Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs 8:00PM ET

The battle for supremacy between Texas teams is one of the most interesting and intriguing in the league. The Christmas Day schedule will take us to Houston, where the Rockets will welcome the new, refreshed Spurs team that is hoping to get back to the Finals. The Rockets have the same goal in mind, with this being a crucial year for them as Dwight Howard is nearing free agency. The Rockets have their own Big Three in Howard, Harden and Ty Lawson. And if Lawson manages to keep his head in the game, the race to the division title in the Southwest division might be one for the ages.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Los Angeles Clippers Tickets 10:30PM ET

It is the swan song for Kobe Bryant, one of the best players in the past 20 years. Bryant left a significant stamp on the league, and this might be the last time fans get to see him on Christmas. Kobe has hinted this might be his last season in the league, and it will all depend on his health at the end of the season. But coming back from serious injuries the past two seasons, one has to wonder how long till Kobe says enough is enough. The Lakers Clippers game is the last game on the 2015 NBA Christmas Day Schedule.

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Lakers Kobe Bryant

Lakers Kobe Bryant Pros and Cons at Small Forward

Lakers Kobe Bryant Pros and Cons at Small Forward

Coach Byron Scott said that he envisions Kobe Bryant spending more time at the SF position than playing his natural SG position the following season. While that might be beneficial for both the Lakers and Kobe Bryant, the move caries some risks, but also rewards. Here some of the Pros and Cons of the Los Angeles Lakers playing Bryant at the 3.

Pros of playing Lakers Kobe Bryant at SF

Playing Bryant at SF allows the Lakers to have multiple ball handlers in their lineup. Additionally, they will have a quality player on each position in the starting lineup. If Bryant starts at the 2, the Lakers are left with Ryan Kelly or Nick Young starting at 3. Playing Bryant at SF will also allow the Lakers to start both D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson. Both can create and initiate offense, and Bryant will be relieved from those duties, something he had to do in the past two seasons.

Playing Bryant at the SF position also allows Bryant to preserve energy on the defensive end, where he won’t have to chase shooting guards through countless of screens. Playing SF also puts Bryant closer to the post, where he is most effective, playing at the elbows and using his footwork and post-game to punish opponents.
The Lakers have tried playing Bryant at the SF previously, in the 2000-2001 season, and in 2012-2013. In both cases, the Lakers had an abundance of players playing at guard positions.

Cons of playing Lakers Kobe Bryant at SF

If Bryant is moved to the small forward position, he becomes the de facto best wing defender the Lakers have. In previous seasons, the Lakers have used a small forward as a designated wing defender to preserve Bryant’s energy for the offensive end. That was the case with Ron Artest (Metta World Peace) and Trevor Ariza. If Bryant plays at the 3, he will have to defend Cleveland Cavaliers Lebron James, OKC Thunder Kevin Durant, New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony, Kawhy Leonard and others. In reality, some of them will spend time at the 4 in small ball lineups, and there are not as many quality small forwards nowadays.

Another downside of playing Lakers Kobe Bryant at SF is that it reduces the Lakers depth. While they will get to have their five best players on the floor at the beginning of the game, they have only Lou Williams and Nick Young to serve as backups to positions 1-3. Not that the Lakers have some better options at the SF position.

Another downside of playing LA Lakers Kobe Bryant at the Small Forward position is that it carries risks for his health. Bryant is not exactly the model for health in recent years, and banging inside with bigger and stronger opponents does carry certain risks.

If the Lakers elect to play Bryant at the 3 more, and give reins of the offense to the young back court, they risk the turnover-prone offense territory. Clarkson and Russell are great young players, but they do not have the experience to run an offense. Russell averaged almost 6 turnovers per game during Summer League, but that is to be expected.

But most importantly, the change could and probably will put Lakers Kobe Bryant in a secondary position. Kobe has served as the de facto unquestioned face of the franchise for so many years, and allowing Clarkson and Russell to run the show might not fare well with his ego.

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Top 5 NBA Point Guards

Ranking the Top 5 NBA Point Guards 2015-2016

Ranking the Top 5 NBA Point Guards

Having a top 5 point guard on your team is the equivalent to having Tom Brady as your quarterback or Corey Crawford as your goalie. The NBA point guard has become the dominating position in the NBA and has more influence on the game outcome than ever before.

The point guard of today’s NBA has to has the ability to not only steal but also has the leadership off and on the court like never before. With numerous factors including points and assists, efficiency, as well as a plus-minus rating here is our list of the Top 5 NBA Point Guards for the 2015-2016 NBA Season.

5. Kyrie Irving – Kyrie Irving is on this list because he is so skilled he’s an amazing shooters especially from 3 point. His handles are amazing and he is very athletic and can really score the basketball. In 4 years in his career his averages are 21 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 5.2 assists. He is a 3 time All Star, the 2012 rookie of the year and helped bring the Cleveland Cavaliers to the 2015 NBA Finals.



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4. John Wall – The Washington Wizards John Wall is on this list because he’s a great leader, he is very athletic, he has great handles and is a great passer and defender. His career averages were 17.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 8.7 assists. In 5 seasons he is a 2 time All Star and the 2014 Slam Dunk Champion.

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3. Stephen CurryStephen Curry is on this list because he is a pure superstar. He is the best shooter and 3 point shooter in the league, he’s a great passer and a great defender. His career averages are 20.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 6.9 assists. In 6 seasons he was the MVP this past season, he is a 2 time All Star, he is the defending 3 point champion, and he led the Golden State Warriors to there 1st NBA Championship in 40 years.


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2. Russell Westbrook – Russell Westbrook is on this list because is like superman on the basketball court. He is super athletic, a great scorer, can cross you over, a great defender, can pop the mid range jumper all day, he is the definition of a stat sheet stuffer and a triple double machine. His career averages are 21.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 7.1 assists. In 7 seasons he is a 5 time All Star, was the All Star game MVP this past season, and he helped take the Oklahoma City Thunder to the 2012 NBA Finals.


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1. Chris Paul – Chris Paul is on this list because he will always just be the most fierce competitor on the court. LA Clippers Chris Paul is a great shooter, defender, and the best passer in the game and has just a pure skill set and is one of the greatest leaders in the game. His career averages are 18.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 9.9 assists. In 10 seasons he is an 8 time All Star, the 2013 All Star game MVP, and the 2006 rookie of the year giving Chris Paul our #1 in the ranking of the Top 5 NBA Point Guards for the 2015-2016 NBA season.


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Who do you think are the Top 5 NBA Point Guards this upcoming season?

NBA Season Guide

Where will the 5 top NBA free agents 2015 will play?

Predicting where 5 top NBA free agents 2015 will play next year

We are taking Lebron James off the list for a reason. James is likely to resign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the only reason he opted out of his contract is to get more money. But out of the top 5 free agents, three might play for a different team next year. With free agency looming, let’s take a look where they might end up playing.

Marc Gasol

Gasol is an unrestricted free agent and arguably the best free agent on the market. The center just finished his best year, playing at an MVP level and finishing in the top 10 of MVP voting. Gasol is 30 years old and is entering his best years. And while Memphis would love to keep him, there will be plenty of other suitors for the Spaniard. One team that is constantly mentioned as a destination is the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs would love to have Gasol, who should replace Tim Duncan and make the transition smoother Timmy’s retirement. Other teams interested are the Knicks, the Blazers, the Mavericks and almost half the league. However, the reality is that Gasol will actually pick between two teams, the Spurs and the Grizzlies. We believe Gasol will sign with the Spurs, since it looks like the Grizzlies have reached their ceiling, and it is not an NBA championship.

Lamarcus Aldridge

Where Gasol signs will have a huge effect on the free agency of Lamarcus Aldridge. Every team that will strike out on Gasol will go for Aldridge, the Spurs included. And unlike Gasol, Aldridge could set up for a number of teams, including the Dallas Mavericks. Going back home to Texas would be a great way for Aldridge to finish his career, since it looks like the Blazers are declining after having two great seasons. If Gasol resigns with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Spurs could also be players for the power forward. But the money is that Aldridge will resign with the Blazers or accept the Dallas Mavericks offer.

Jimmy Butler

Butler is an interesting player. He declined Chicago’s extension last year, and now looks like a genius doing so. He is due for a max contract, but the question is, who will give him? The Bulls can again offer him contract, and even match the one he receives from another team. The Chicago Bulls MUST keep Butler, since he is their best player after Rose. And given Rose’s injury history, the Bulls will need to build around Butler and his growing potential and game. There will be teams like the Knicks, Celtics, Lakers and others that will throw a max contract at Butler, but the safe bet is that the Bulls will match any offer he receives.

Kawhi Leonard

Leonard will be an interesting case, since he is a restricted free agent. The Spurs would prefer if Leonard could wait for a few weeks to sign an offer sheet or resign with the Spurs. This way, the Spurs will have money to pursue free agents like Marc Gasol and Lamarcus Aldridge. In some way, Leonard will impact free agency like no other player. Even Lebron James doesn’t carry such weight this year. If a team offers Leonard max contract, and the Spurs match it, they will be left without cap space to pursue Gasol or Aldridge. This will open the door for other teams to go for the top 2 free agents. The Spurs MUST retain Leonard, since he is their best young player and the future of the franchise. Timing will be everything, but one way or another, Leonard will end up in a Spurs uniform.

Kevin Love

Love wants to be a top 10 player again. That much is certain. After seeing how it looks to be the third or fourth option on a team, the money is that Love will look for a better situation than the one he has in Cleveland. And given the emergence of Tristan Thompson, Love will get fewer minutes next season. That might persuade Love to sign elsewhere, or more precisely, for the Lakers. The Lakers have struck out on big name free agents two summers in a row, and it is time they get a little relief. They are the Los Angeles Lakers after all.

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la kings draft picks 2015

LA Kings Draft Picks 2015

The 2015 Los Angeles Kings Draft has been a productive one for LA. Before the actual LA Kings Draft even began they worked on get a deal done with the Boston Bruins that would send goaltender Martin Jones, defensive prospect Colin Miller and their first round, #13 pick in the draft for forward Milan Lucic. Lucic was originally drafted by the 50th by the Boston Bruins in the 2006 NHL Draft. The “Heavy” power forward totaled 165 goals and 238 assists for the Bruins which was good for 403 total points.

With giving up a their first round #13 pick there were still six selections allotted in the LA Kings Draft.

Here is a look at the LA Kings Draft Picks 2015

ERIK CERNAK
The defenseman was picked in the 2nd round, 43rd in the overall NHL draft and brings to the LA Kings excellent reach and strength. Cernak is known for being brilliant defensively especially in front of his own net. While he will need to work and improve on his skating ability he is a physical player who doesn’t take a lot of penalties.

ALEXANDER DERGACHYOV
The 6’4 200 pound Dergachyov brings an extremely high level of both skill and intelligence to the LA Kings. Dergachyov has great puckhandling skills as well as soft hands and a very keen awareness of teammates positions on the ice at all times. The gritty grinder will bring his role as a scorer with all the technical skills to be successful with the LA Kings Lines.

AUSTIN WAGNER
Picked in the LA Kings Draft 2015 4th round, 99th overall Wagner is a speedy strong transitional forward who is extremely fluid in his skating patterns. Wagner will need to work on his timing of shots as well as passing but overall he is a good decision maker.

MATT SCHMALZ
Picked in the LA Kings Draft 2015 5th round, 134th overall Schmalz is a gigantic power forward who has finally grown into his body this last season. He is a very well rounded skater who knows how to use his massive frame extremely well.

CHAZ REDDEKOPP
Picked in the LA Kings Draft 2015 7th round, 187th overall Reddekopp will be a tough defender in the LA Kings zone and will be a strong asset on penalty kills for LA. He will need to work on his skating footwork which is sometimes known to be tight and a bit clumsy but Chaz has very good athleticism and will be able to work on the skating skills.

MATT ROY
Picked in the LA Kings Draft 2015 7th round, 194th overall Roy is a right handed defensive player at 6’0 200 pounds.

The LA Kings finished the 2014-15 season 40-27-15 (95 points), 4th in NHL Western Conference Pacific Division missing the NHL Playoffs. With the Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks all vying to win the Pacific Division the LA Kings will have a tough schedule ahead of them and will be looking to get back into the thick of the NHL playoff hunt asap!

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Lakers Draft 2015

Lakers Draft 2015 What does it mean for the future of the franchise?

Lakers Draft 2015

And there goes all the mock drafts and pre-analysis of the lakers draft 2015. While everyone expected the Lakers to select Jahlil Okafor as the Lakers draft 2015 No.2 pick in this year’s draft, Los Angeles went a different route and selected point guard D’Angelo Russel. Considering they already have point guard Jordan Clarkson who looked superb in the final month of the year, what does the pick means for the future of the franchise? Let’s take a look at some of the questions that are popping out from the Lakers draft 2015.

Is Russell that good?

Considering the Lakers used the highest pick they have had since 1982 on him, he must be darn special. The last time the Lakers drafted a point guard this high (1979), he went on to win 5 titles for the franchise. Russell won the Jerry West Award, and averaged more points than any other freshman in the NCAA. Some of Russell’s strengths are: excellent passer, makes free throws, has the size advantage for point guard, great rebounder, decent 3-pt shooter and is a ball-hawking defender. To put it simply, Russell is an excellent choice for a modern type point guard. He can pass, make free throws and shoot the 3. He can also play shooting guard next to another point guard, which would allow teams to place two ball handlers on the floor. His game is very similar to the one of Brandon Roy. Last season he averaged 19.3 points, 5 assists and 5.7 rebounds, shooting 45% from the floor and 41% from behind the arc. The Lakers, according to coach Byron Scott were mostly impressed by his leadership ability and his ability to make others around him better.

What does this mean for Jordan Clarkson?

It is hard to envision the Lakers playing Russell and Clarkson together, even though Russell can handle playing shooting guard. However, the SG spot is reserved for Kobe Bryant. Kobe and D’Angelo can be a great back court combo, as both can handle ball handling duties and shoot the ball. The more likely scenario is that Clarkson might get traded so the Lakers can plug other holes in their rotation.

Lakers confident they can get a big man via trade/free agency

Drafting a point guard when a big man like Jahlil Okafor is available shows that the Lakers are pretty confident they can get a big man via other channels. The Lakers were already players in the DeMarcus Cousins sweepstakes, and after the draft, the rumors will heat up. The Kings selected Willie Cauley-Stein with their 6th pick, a center from Kentucky. Their pick might suggest they are ready to part ways with Cousins. The Lakers will also try to pry Marc Gasol from Memphis although reports say he has no desire to play in Los Anglese. There will be other options for center, as the Lakers might decide and sign some of the second tier centers such as Tyson Chandler.

The other Lakers draft 2015 pick

With the 34th pick, the Lakers selected Anthony Brown, a small forward from Stanford. Brown will bring more shooting to the Lakers, as he shot 44% from 3-pt range in college. He can also get to the rim, is a willing passer and a great re-bounder for his position. He is 23 years old, and he might be one of the more NBA ready players in the draft. He is a 5 year senior, and will immediately fill in a void for the Lakers. The only downside is that he needs to add some bulk to be able to play small forward or power forward in small lineups. And he should work on his consistency. There is not much upside here, as he is already 23 years old, but he can be a solid role player for years to come.

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NHL Opening Day 2015-2016

NHL Opening Day 2015-2016

The NHL Opening Day 2015-2016 schedule has been announced. There are some great match ups on the NHL Opening Day 2015-2016 schedule including the Blackhawks opening up against the New York Rangers at the United Center. The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks opening faceoff at the Staples Center in Los Angeles will be a good rivalry game. The San Jose Sharks opening game against the Anaheim Ducks.

NHL Opening Day 2015-2016

Anaheim Ducks: Monday, Oct. 12 vs. Vancouver Honda Center
Ducks tickets averaged $51.00 last season.

Arizona Coyotes: Saturday, Oct. 10 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Coyotes tickets averaged $51.00 last season.

Boston Bruins: Thursday, Oct. 8 vs. Winnipeg Jets at the TD Garden
Bruins tickets averaged $121.00 last season.

Buffalo Sabres: Thursday, Oct. 8 vs. Ottawa Senators at the First Niagara Center
Sabres tickets averaged $58.00 last season.

Calgary Flames: Wednesday, Oct. 7 vs. Vancouver Canucks at the Scotiabank Saddledome
Flames tickets averaged $80.00 last season.

Carolina Hurricanes: Saturday, Oct. 10 vs. Detroit Red Wings at the PNC Arena
Hurricanes tickets averaged $38.00 last season.

Chicago Blackhawks: Wednesday, Oct. 7 vs. NY Rangers at the United Center
Blackhawks tickets averaged $165.00 last season.

Colorado Avalanche: Thursday, Oct. 8 vs. Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center
Avalanche tickets averaged $57.00 last season.

Columbus Blue Jackets: Friday, Oct. 9 vs. NY Rangers at the Nationwide Arena
Blue Jackets tickets averaged $54.00 last season.

Dallas Stars: Thursday, Oct. 8 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins at the American Airlines Arena
Stars tickets averaged $75.00 last season.

Detroit Red Wings: Friday, Oct. 9 vs. Toronto Maple at the Leafs Joe Louis Arena
Red Wings tickets averaged $60.00 last season.

Edmonton Oilers: Thursday, Oct. 15 vs. St. Louis Blues at the Rexall Place
Oilers tickets averaged $90.00 last season.

Florida Panthers: Saturday, Oct. 10 vs. Philadelphia Flyers at the BB&T Center
Panthers tickets averaged $39.00 last season.

Los Angeles Kings: Wednesday, Oct. 7 vs. San Jose Sharks Staples Center
Kings tickets averaged $70.00 last season.

Minnesota Wild: Saturday, Oct. 10 vs. St. Louis Blues at the Xcel Energy Center
Wild tickets averaged $81.00 last season.

Montreal Canadiens: Thursday, Oct. 15 vs. NY Rangers at the Bell Centre
Candiens tickets averaged $150.00 last season.

Nashville Predators: Thursday, Oct. 8 vs. Carolina Hurricanes at the Bridgestone Arena
Predators tickets averaged $81.00 last season.

New Jersey Devils: Friday, Oct. 9 vs. Winnipeg Jets at the Prudential Center
Devils tickets averaged $70.00 last season.

New York Islanders: Friday, Oct. 9 vs. Chicago Blackhawks at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Islanders tickets averaged $42.00 last season.

New York Rangers: Saturday, Oct. 10 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden
Rangers tickets averaged $130.00 last season.

Ottawa Senators: Sunday, Oct. 11 vs. Montreal Canadiens at the Canadian Tire Center
Senators tickets averaged $68.00 last season.

Philadelphia Flyers: Monday, Oct. 12 vs. Florida Panthers at the Wells Fargo Center
Flyers tickets averaged $71.00 last season.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Tuesday, Oct. 13 vs. Montreal Canadiens at the CONSOL Energy Center
Penguins tickets averaged $110.00 last season.

San Jose Sharks: Saturday, Oct. 10 vs. Anaheim Ducks at the SAP Center
Sharks tickets averaged $68.00 last season.

St. Louis Blues: Thursday, Oct. 8 vs. Edmonton at the Scotttrade Center
Blues tickets averaged $66.00 last season.

Tampa Bay Lightning: Thursday, Oct. 8 vs. Philadelphia Flyers at the Amalie Arena
Lightning tickets averaged $62.00 last season.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Wednesday, Oct. 7 vs. Montreal Candiens at the Air Canada Centre
Maple Leafs tickets averaged $200.00 last season.

Vancouver Canucks: Saturday, Oct. 10 vs. Calgary Flames at the Rogers Arena.
Canucks tickets averaged $122.00 last season.

Washington Capitals: Saturday, Oct. 10 vs. New Jersey at the Verizon Center
Senators tickets averaged $70.00 last season.

Winnipeg Jets: Friday, Oct. 16 vs. Calgary Flames at the MTS Centre
Jets tickets averaged $168.00 last season.

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Stephen Curry MVP

Stephen Curry MVP Award Three Reasons Its Well Deserved

Stephen Curry MVP award the top three reasons it is well deserved!

During the course of the regular season, two names were always in the running for the MVP award. One of them was Stephen Curry, the other being Houston Rockets dynamic guard James Harden. In the end, the Warriors guard won it, and here the reasons why Stephen Curry’s MVP award is well deserved.

Best player on the best team argument
The Golden State Warriorss were the best team during the regular season, winning franchise best 67 games. And it is not just the number of games they won, but how they did it. The Warriors were first in defensive rating, allowing just 98.2 points per 100 possessions and second in offensive rating at 109.7. Only the Los Angeles Clippers were the better offensive team during the course of the regular season, but the Warriors scored a net differential of 11.4. The Warriors were the only team with a double digit net differential in the regular season. Stephen Curry is arguably the best player on the team, as he makes everything happen. His 3-pt shooting draws the defense, but he can also drive, and he always finds the open man. His numbers might be down from a season ago, but his efficiency is up, and he was very close to the 40-50-90 club, shooting 44% from the 3-pt line, 48.7% overall and 91.4% from the free throw line.

A Record Year
Usually, the MVP winner breaks some kind of a record. And in the case of Stephen Curry MVP season, the record is the one he set two years ago. In the 2012-2013 season, Curry set a record for most 3-pt shots made with 272. This year, he broke the record on April 9, five days before the regular season ended. He finished the season with 286 made 3-pt shots. He attempted 646 3s, the most out of any other player in the league. And Curry was efficient, shooting 44.3% from behind the arc.

Improved defense
For a player to be considered an MVP, he must show his value on both ends of the floor. Stephen Curry MVP season marks a big step towards that direction for the lanky point guard. Not primary known for his defense, Curry has made huge strides on that end of the floor in the past season. His defensive win shares are the best factor that shows Curry’s value. He has contributed 4.1 wins for the Warriors this season with his defense. And according to stats, the opponents he guards shoot just 36.8% from the floor. Curry has improved his defense radically, and he is averaging career best 2 steals per game, and career low 2 fouls per game. Before the season started, Curry worked with assistant coaches on his defense, and they praise his high hands. Curry’s hands have helped him deflect shots and go for steals. He is also better at stripping opponents and his anticipation for team and help defense has also improved.

I also picked Stephen Curry as the next NBA Superstar back at the beginning of 2013 NBA season.

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors have a chance to win the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight which would add two notches in the Stephen Curry MVP Belt…a World Champion and NBA Finals MVP! What a year for Stephen Curry!

Golden State Warriors Tickets soared to an all time high averaging $1450.00 per ticket on the resale market for the game two of the NBA Finals. The NBA Finals Game one at the Oracle Arena to see Stephen Curry and the Warriors face Lebron James and the Cavaliers averaged $1250.00 per ticket. If the Warriors lose tonight to the Cavaliers the chance of breaking the $1450.00 NBA Finals Ticket average is extremely high.

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NBA Finals Game 1

NBA Finals Game One Would you spend $23,403,00?

NBA Finals Game One: Would you spend $23,403,00?

With the NBA Finals Tickets Game One starting tonight at the Oracle Arena between the Warriors and Cavaliers tickets the average ticket price for NBA Finals Game One on the secondary market has hit $1250.00 per seat. While $1250 per ticket is still extremely high it has actually lowered -3.84% from $1300.00 per ticket where it topped out. That is a 1030.43% increase in average ticket price for Warriors game on the secondary market during the regular NBA season.

The Golden State Warriors Ticket prices on the secondary market climbed by over 57% this 2014-2015 season and averaged $115.00 per ticket where last season the average ticket price was $80.00 per ticket. The most staggering number of all is back in 2010 the average Golden State Warriors ticket price was $40.00 per ticket a 3025% increase in ticket prices on the secondary market to see a Warriors Game in the Finals. It’s also a 58407.50% increase if you wanted to sit court-side tonight at $23, 403.00 according to Stubhub’s website. Those are Warren Buffett Berkshire Hathaway stock increase type numbers.

While 99.99% of the world can’t afford the NBA Finals Game One $23,403.00 court-side seats to what might possibly become one of the best NBA Finals of all time the average price to get in to the Oracle Arena tonight is starting at $670.00 currently which is still a 482.60% increase in prices on the secondary market from the Warriors regular season average. You can get them as cheap as $250.00 a ticket bidding on Ebay. While certain sites such as VividSeats shows get in at $479.00 per ticket and goodseattickets show $551.00 per ticket when you get to the end of the sale there is a “service fee” which can add as much as 35% on top of that price.

If you wanted to head to Cleveland to the Quicken Loans Arena you can get into the NBA Finals game for just $390.00 per ticket or choose to sit court-side at the Warriors vs Cavaliers NBA Finals game which is running 22,281.00 per ticket a savings of 2.5% over seeing the games in Oakland. During the regular NBA season the Cleveland Cavaliers ticket prices Cavaliers Ticket price average on the secondary market averaged $240.00 per ticket.

The 2013-14 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat with Lebron James and the San Antonio Spurs averaged $950.00 per ticket. The 2011 NBA Finals with the Miami Heat vs Dallas Mavericks averaged $750.00 per ticket on the secondary market. The 2010 NBA Finals Game One between the Lakers can Celtics court-side tickets hit $30,000 on the secondary market. You can also checkout the 10 Most Expensive NBA Games of 2014-2015 season to sit courtside at.

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Chicago Cubs: Look Out Cardinals, Here Come The Cubbies

Chicago Sports: The 2015 Chicago Cubs: Look Out Cardinals, Here Come The Cubbies

2015 promises to be another exciting year in Chicago sports, particularly baseball, where both the Chicago Cubs Tickets and White Sox Tickets made significant roster moves to put themselves back into contention. Let’s take a look at some of the Chicago Cubs’ acquisitions this past offseason and how they will help the team return to the top of the National League Central in 2015:

Jon Lester: The signings of Lester and new manager Joe Maddon were the two biggest moves the Cubs made this past offseason and will have a large impact on the team’s fortunes this year. Over the past nine years, Lester has established himself as one of Major League Baseball’s most dependable, rock-solid, high-achieving starting pitchers. A three-time All Star Tickets and two-time World Series champion with a career record of 116 wins, 67 losses and a 3.58 earned run average, Lester will lead a rotation that also includes young phenom Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, and Kyle Hendricks.

Miguel Montero: Acquired in a trade from the Diamondbacks Tickets, Montero is a two-time all star catcher with 97 career home runs. He will be a solid addition to the lineup, which includes first baseman and young star Anthony Rizzo and shortstop Starlin Castro.

Jason Hammel: Hammel, who pitched for the Cubs in 2014 before being traded to Oakland, boasts a solid career record of 245 wins and 187 losses; before being traded to the Athletics Tickets last year, he won eight games for the Cubs with a 2.98 earned run average. He’ll be a solid fixture behind ace Jon Lester.

Joe Maddon: Maddon, one of baseball’s most respected managers, was one of the Cubs’ earliest signings this past offseason. He is most noted for managing the Tampa Bay Rays Tickets from 2006 to 2014, rising them up from being the laughingstock of baseball to the American League championship in 2008 and playoff contention in subsequent seasons. Maddon is a two time Manager of the Year winner and will lead a Cubs team that looks to unseat the St. Louis Cardinals Tickets, perennial National League Central division winners.

The Chicago Cubs fans have responded favorably to the possibility of a successful season this year as well. Chicago Cubs ticket price average this season is $53.00 per ticket which is up 15.2% from last seasons average price of $46.00 per ticket.

Could 2015 be the year the Cubs finally reverse the Curse of the Billy Goat? Contact us for tickets to be a part of a special year in Wrigleyville.

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