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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 2 Cavs get franchise first Finals win

NBA Finals Game 2 – Cavs get franchise first Finals win, can they win 3 more?

The Cleveland Cavaliers, led by Lebron James, won their first Finals game as a franchise. This is just the second time the Cavs are in the Finals, and the last time they were here, the team was smoked by the Spurs 4-0. This time, however, Lebron James is more mature, with 2 rings on his hands, and is ready to take the challenge. The first two games showed a lot of patterns, and the question now is can the Cavs win three more games and bring that elusive title to Cleveland. Here are some things we learned from NBA Finals Game 2 which the Cavs won 95-93 in overtime.

Matt Dellavedova is more than just “dirty” player

During these playoffs, Matthew was heavily criticized by fans about his dirty play, and alleged intentional fouls and run-ins. So far, three victims fall to his play, including Chicago’s Taj Gibson, and Atlanta’s Kyle Korver and Al Horford. When the reports of Kyrie Irving’s injury went online, there was a meme showing Dellavedova thinking about his next target, Steph Curry. But Matt showed in Game 2 he is more than what many consider a dirty player. He was all over Curry in Game 2, contributing to the final stat sheet of the MVP, which read 19 points on 5-23 shooting. Dellavedova also contributed 9 points in 42 minutes of action, and had the second highest +/- on the Cavs at 15. The highest was scored by James Jones (+22).

Cleveland is setting up the pace

In two games, the Cavaliers have managed to set the pace, and slow down the Warriors significantly. The pace plays into Cavs favor, as they prefer half court battles rather than up-tempo style, especially now Kyrie Irving is missing the Finals. The teams have scored combined 496 points, 201 by the Warriors and 195 by the Cavs. The Warriors averaged more than 110+ points in the regular season, and they would love to get back to that pace.

Kerr is not afraid of messy tactics

The Golden State Warriors trailed 83-72 with little more than 3 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but Kerr decided to go to a Shaq-a-Hack tactic. After Iggy hit a 3-pointer, Curry fouled Thristan Thompson, made a 3, and then fouled Thompson again. The power forward sank 2 of his 4 free throws in the NBA Finals Game 2. J.R.Smith then fouled Curry, who sank two of his free throws, resulting in a short burst of 8-2 in Warriors favor. They managed to close the gap with the tactic, which greatly helped them force the overtime.

Fatigue might catch up with James

We are all humans, including Lebron James. The isolation heavy offense is draining Lebron James, and the question is how much he can handle. It was evident in the fourth quarter that James is not at his best, since he was missing some easy and open shots. James played 50 minutes, had a triple double with 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists, but the general feeling is that in the long run, this type of play might eventually help the Warriors. James already has an experience playing almost alone versus a great, deep team in the Finals, and it might be the same result.

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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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Will the Warriors Win Championship

Four reasons the Warriors win championship

The four teams remaining in the NBA playoffs are the four best teams from the 2014 – 2015 season. They finished first and second in the West and first and second in the East. However, out of the four, many factors points that the Golden State Warriors are the favorites to win the Championship. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets Tickets all have a shot, but the stars are aligned for the Warriors this season. Here are four reasons why the Warriors Win Championship.

Health

Every team needs luck and health in order to win a championship. Sometimes an injury to a key player can cost a team their shot for title. Just ask the Oklahoma City Thunder, who were without Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka the past two playoffs. Out of the four remaining teams, the Warriors are the healthiest squad. Take the Cleveland Cavaliers tickets for example, who are left playing without one of their Big Three (Kevin Love), all while Kyrie Irving is nursing a knee injury and playing through the pain. The Atlanta Hawks have their own share of injuries, with reports that DeMarre Carroll might be done for the playoffs. Carroll is Atlanta’s best defender and role player. The Rockets have to start Jason Terry at point guard and also play Pablo Prigioni, two liabilities on defense. That is one of the reasons why Steph Curry is killing the Rockets in the West Finals.

Consistency

Consistency is a huge factor in the success of the team, and many teams underestimate the factor. Even the Miami Heat with James, Wade and Bosh in their prime years needed one year to learn to play with each other. The starting five of the Warriors is playing together for two and a half seasons now. The Hawks also have consistency on their side, but the Warriors have more talent. The Rockets had to endure half a season without Dwight Howard, and they practically changed half their role players from a season ago.

They play both ends of the floor

The Warriors and the Cavaliers are two teams that are in top 5 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. The Warriors defense has been mediocre in the first round, but the team has picked it up since then. They have won few games thanks to their defense. And they still have the best offense in the playoffs, tied with the Cavs at 107 points per 100 possessions. Out of the four remaining teams, only the Houston Rockets allow 100+ points per game. The Hawks are great defensively, but their offense is not clicking, scoring just 101 points per 100 possessions with lower efficiency than the Warriors and the Cavs.

They have the MVP

While statistics show that rarely the regular season MVP leads his team to Championship, Steph Curry has the chance to be one of those players. In the past seasons, only 22 times has the player who won the MVP award won a title with his team. And only 15 players have managed to do it. Michael Jordan did it four times, Russell did it four times, Bird did it two times and so on. The thing about Curry is that he is playing like an MVP in the playoffs as well. Curry has managed to bump his points to 28.7 per game, and averages 5.2 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game. His assists might be down, but Curry is managing to take over games, taking more shots, but still being extremely efficient, shooting 45% from the floor and 42% from behind the 3-pt line.

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GS Warriors Ticket Prices Climb 57% in 2015

Many factors point to the fact that the Golden State Warriors are a championship contender. One of the more reliable is that they rank in top 10 in both offensive and defensive rating. If defense wins championships, GSW has the best defense in the league this season. But their offense is also improved, and is now more team oriented, with less isolations and more assists. Steve Kerr has managed to install a new culture, and till now, he is a premium candidate for coach of the year, while Curry is in the conversation for MVP.

The Warriors not only have the best record currently in the NBA they are beasts at the Oracle Arena with a 15-1 record. They are ranked 7th in home attendance with average of 19,596 per game (100%) which is a 35.72% increase since their low in 2001 and up 8% from their 2010 attendance average of 18,207 and up 1.15% from their 2013 attendance average.

Warriors tickets price averages have climbed as well. In 2001 the average Warriors ticket price was just $40.00 per ticket, in 2010 it was $65.00 per ticket, 2013 -14 season saw secondary ticket prices at $80.00 ticket now in 2015 Warriors Ticket prices have risen 57.53% to an average of $115 per ticket placing the Warriors second only to the Cavaliers whose prices on the secondary market have dropped 20% in 2015 since the absence of Lebron James.

Golden State Warriors Top 5 Games Remaining at the Oracle Arena.

Mav’s @ Warriors, Oracle Arena
February 4, Starting price $56, Average price $75
The Number one offense in the league visits the Number one defense in the league. In their first duel this season, the Warriors held the Mavericks under 100 points, becoming one of the few teams to pull that off. But that was before Rondo joined the Mavs, and now they have a player that can defend Steph Curry. View Warriors vs Mavericks tickets for the Oracle Arena.

Spurs @ Warriors, Oracle Arena
February 20, Starting price $91, Average price $155
The Spurs are the champions, and the Warriors want to be “the sultan instead of the sultan”. They will have to prove themselves versus the best. Golden State has already lost this season to the Spurs at home, and if they want to boost their confidence, a win would go a long way.View Warriors vs Spurs tickets for the Oracle Arena.

Clippers @ Warriors, Oracle Arena
March 8, Starting price $99, Average price $117
Simply put, these two teams do not like each other. From their playoff matchups, to their regular season matchups, every duel is a special story. Every time they play each other, the game is a must see TV. Aside from the individual matchups like Curry versus CP3, the game features lots of other duels worth watching. Another reason for watching is that every game is a high scoring one with a highlight reel that can top the NBA’s top 10.View Warriors vs Clippers tickets for the Oracle Arena.

Hawks @ Warriors, Oracle Arena
March 18, Starting price $42, Average price $66
The Atlanta Hawks are the hottest team at the moment, and their offense is blitzing. Golden State is number one in defensive rating this season. Before Andrew Bogut’s injury, the team allowed less than 90 points per 100 possessions. With him sidelined, the Warriors allow 97 points, but they are still number one in defensive rating. The Hawks are 7th in offensive rating, and Kyle Korver is probably the one player that requires more attention when he is near the 3pt line than Steph Curry. View Warriors vs Hawks tickets for the Oracle Arena.

Grizzlies @ Warriors, Oracle Arena
April 13, Starting price $41, Average price $120
The last before the last game of the season for Golden State, they will battle the Grizzlies for what might be then, a higher seed for the playoffs. The two teams have been in a dog race, back and forth for the top spot in the West since the season started. Given the fact that the race is extremely tight, the last game can have huge value. Especially since everyone expect OKC to get the 7th or 8th spot, and some higher seeds might look to avoid playing the Thunder in the first round. View Warriors vs Grizzlies tickets for the Oracle Arena.

Warriors on the road

Currently the Warriors are 13-4 on the road putting them just behind the Chicago Bulls who are 14-4 on the road.

Warriors @ Trail Blazers
March 24th Moda Center Portland.
Portland is currently 1.5 games behind the Warriors in the Western Conference with an impressive home record of 17-3 and 6-1 in Division Play where the Warriors are 5-3 in Division Play and 13-4 on the road. The Warriors won their first meeting at the Moda Center on Nov 2 and with only three meetings during the regular season the late meeting in March could have home court playoff potential for either one of these two teams. View Trail Blazers vs Warriors tickets for the Moda Center.

Warriors @ Grizzlies
March 27th FedEx Forum Memphis TN
The Southwest Memphis Grizzlies are currently four games behind the Warriors in the Western Conference standings with a 14-4 home record. Marc Gasol is quietly averaging 19.7 points per game with Zack Randolph pulling down 11.4 boards a game. The Warriors lost to the Grizzlies on Dec 16th in Memphis and another loss in Memphis on March 27th could give the Grizzlies an opportunity for home court during the playoffs. Grizzlies vs Warriors tickets for the FedEx Forum are currently averaging $50.00 per ticket.

Warriors @ Hawks
Feb 6th Philips Arena
The Atlanta Hawks are currently first in the Eastern Conference with an 27-8 record and is on a six game win streaking and is 9-1 in their last 10 games. With a home record of 15-3 in the Philips Arena it will be a good test for the Warriors. On paper the Warriors with Stephen Curry averaging 22.9 points a game followed by Klay Thompson at 21.6 should be able to handle Jeff Teague’s 17.7 points per game along with Paul Millsap’s 17 points a game. This could be a preview of the NBA finals the way both of these teams are playing. Atlanta Hawks vs Warriors tickets for the Philips Arena meeting are averaging $75.00 per ticket.

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Clippers vs Warriors

Top 10 Point Guards in NBA for the 2014 – 2015 season

Point guard play is a very exciting part of basketball to watch. When you see a great ball handler that can take control of his team and move the ball around with precision passes it is a great joy to see. There is nothing like a great ball mover that will thread a strong defense and go to the goal or catch one of his teammates moving to the goal out of the corner of his eyes and making that precision pass the keeps all the defenders at bay. Look for some of the movers and shakers list below from 10 to 1 to keep a lot of defenders at bay this year.

10. Rajon Rondo:
Can put up some impressive triple doubles with an average of almost 12 ppg and almost 10 apg. He will be coming off an injury year where he only played 30 games in the 2013-14 season. Look for him to overcome his major knee injury to continue to put up numbers for the Boston Celtics. The game to watch for is the Celtics vs Spurs to see Rajon and Tony Parker go at it.

9. Tony Parker:
Tony is playing himself into a lot on NBA conversations when it come top point guards. This San Antonio guard will continue to keep up the pace in the upcoming season. Averaging almost 17 ppg he will become one of the fan favorites during the San Antonio campaign on 2014-15. The Games to watch will be Spurs vs Trail Blazers in Dec and Jan to see how Tony Parker and Damian Lillard stack up against each other.

8. Kyle Lowry:
With an impressive 17.9 ppg average it is probably why Kyle was re-signed by general manager Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors. You can bet he will continue to put the numbers and keep the Raptors moving into the 2014-15 with a strong shot at post season play again. Watching Lowry and Wall on the court should make the Raptors vs Wizards one of best match ups for Lowry and the boys.

7. Damian Lillard:
This Portland guard can put on quit a show with an average of over 20 ppg. He is an excellent three-point shooter. With a 40 percent three-point shooting average Damien Lillard will continue to be worth the price of admission to see him continue to put up impressive numbers again this year. The Trail Blazers vs Warriors will be a great test pitting Lillard and Curry against each other.

6. Kyrie Irving:
Kyrie will carry an average 20.8 ppg and almost 7 appg into the 2014-15 season to keep the Cavs on their feet again this year. He is one guard that defense hate to see get hot and move the ball. He will have another good year carving up the defense during the quest toward the playoffs this year. When Irving and Parker hit the court for the first time at the Quicken Center it will be a good preview of how well the new look Cavaliers and older Spurs will be. The Cavaliers vs Spurs in the NBA Finals is a pretty good bet this 2014-15 NBA season.

5. John Wall:
John will help the Washington Wizards to make some noise in the eastern Conference this year. This is another NBA guard that averages close to 20 ppg. With almost 9 apg his teammates are very appreciative of his unselfish ball movement. Look for the Wizards to continue the great play that led them to a great playoff run in the 2013-14 year.

4. Goran Dragic:
Making the ALL-NBA Third Team last year you can bet this point guard will pick up where he left off last year. Sporting a 20.3 ppg average will help him do just that. Look for him to continue to put up the points for the Phoenix Suns. A 50 percent shooting average from the field will help lead the Suns to a strong push in this upcoming NBA year.

3. Stephen Curry:
Stephen is not known for his defense but who is when you have an average of 24 ppg. Curry was the NBA’s seventh leading scorer in the 2013-14 season. He attempted an average of almost 8 three-pointers each game. He will put a lot of numbers again this year while he leads Golden State to another playoff year. Curry vs Westbrook will be the match up to watch when the Warriors vs Thunder games happen as they could easily end up being a NBA playoff preview early in the season.

2. Russell Westbrook:
This Oklahoma City guard averaged 26.7 ppg during the playoffs in 2013-14. That will bring his average to almost 22 ppg during his powerful NBA career. If he has an injury free year he can put up some impressive numbers. The more he play his consistency improve in a great way. He will put up some huge numbers in the Oklahoma City run this year. Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving will meet on the court for the first time under the new Cav’s look the Thunder vs Cavaliers could be an early NBA Finals look.

1. Chris Paul:
Chris Paul will show you why he is in the number one spot if you will just take a look at him the next time you have the opportunity to see him. Chris is one of the best floor managers in the league. He also led the league in assists and steals last season. Look for him to maintain his 19 ppg and 10.7 apg in a powerful run for the Clippers. The biggest game of the year could be the Clippers vs Cavaliers not just because of Lebron but Chris Paul vs Kyrie Irving could end up being where the game is won for either team. Also the Clippers vs Warriors is another big game between Chris Paul and Stephen Curry as last year the two went at it.

Derrick Rose:
What about Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose you ask? I didnt add him to my list because he has only played a total of 10 games in the past two years. While I would add him somewhere between 2-5 his mental and physical health factors still have questions. The Oct 31 Bulls vs Cavaliers opener will be a good test to see where he is at. Rose finished the preseason this year with 57 points in 56 minutes of playing time and went 24 of 41 and also over 50% in three pointers and finished the eight game preseason with a team high avg of 16.2. If he can stay healthy and get through the entire season the Chicago Bulls have a very good chance of winning it all.

Would love to know who your top 5 NBA Point Guards are for this upcoming season?

Chris M.

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Warriors have a true homecourt advantage

Golden State Warriors fansIn sports, playing at home makes a world of difference. Being able to sleep in your own bed, go without the travel, and go through your normal routine is an advantage in sports. For the most part, teams at home perform better. Every team in the NBA had a better record at home than away last season with the Washington Wizards having an even split. Who has the game’s best fans though? Which NBA team’s fans make away teams not want to come back because they can’t hear themselves calling out plays? That distinction goes to the fans of the Golden State Warriors. The fans sell out Oracle Arena and play the role of the sixth man, lifting their own team and making the opposing team’s night a frustrating experience.

Golden State is generally not thought of a hotbed for basketball. They don’t have a rich history like the Los Angeles Lakers or Boston Celtics. The area is well-known for possessing the most geniuses per square mile as it is the technology capital of the world. It may not have a storied team history, but Oakland has a rich basketball tradition producing the likes of Jason Kidd, Gary Payton and Damian Lillard. Some of the best point guards have come out of the Bay Area but they haven’t won a division title since 1976.

GS warriors fans oracle arenaEntering the 2006-2007 season, Golden State had not had a winning season since the 1993-1994 season. They hadn’t even won more than 38 games. In 2006-2007, led by point guard Baron Davis, the Warriors won 42 games and snagged the eight seed in the West. They played the top team in the West, the Dallas Mavericks, who were heavily favored. The Golden State Warriors had other ideas though. Each home game, Golden State fans packed Oracle Arena to full capacity and 19, 596 screaming fans were wearing gold shirts and waving towels. The decibel levels were off the charts, the opposition couldn’t hear themselves and the crowd noise rivaled that of a rock concert. The Warriors upset the Mavericks in six games and Oracle Arena was reborn.

They didn’t get back to the playoffs until two seasons ago and were led by sharpshooter Stephen Curry. When starting power forward David Lee went down early in game one, the Warriors chances were diminished. However, they rallied around their fans and defeated the Denver Nuggets in six games again. Had it not been for some late-game struggles on the road in the second round and Golden State could have made it to the Western Conference Finals.

At a Lakers game, it’s more of a celebrity affair. Countless movie stars, directors, musicians and other celebrities line the courtside at Lakers games. However, the crowd doesn’t play a huge role in Los Angeles. In Oakland, the crowd plays a huge role and the area geniuses don the Warriors colors and cheer on their team in hopes of providing that distinct homecourt advantage.Chris M.

Kevin Love wants out of Minnesota—are the Lakers an option?

Kevin Love trade

LOVE

One of the Lakers biggest potential free agent targets after next season is Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love. The former UCLA power forward, who was born in Santa Monica and grew up in Oregon, has long been rumored as a potential target for the rebuilding Lakers. One of the league’s elite rebounders and passing big men, Love has a dynamic inside/outside game. After many months of speculation that he has no interest in re-signing with Minnesota, Love supposedly told Timberwolves officials on Sunday that he will not re-sign with them after next season and will become an unrestricted free agent. After refusing any trade talks for Love, the Timberwolves are now open to dealing their superstar, according to a Sports Illustrated article.

Risking losing Love via free agency and getting nothing for him in return, the Timberwolves may now be motivated to move love this offseason or prior to the NBA’s February 2015 trade deadline. In the coming weeks, once the league establishes its lottery order, the Love trade rumors should increase drastically. Even with one of the best draft classes in years coming out in June, the chance to pick up a franchise player like Love is unique.

Lakers lure Kevin Love

LOVE

According to ESPN Love has the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls at the top of his lists as potential destinations, due to the ability of the two clubs to contend immediately. Golden State has a young and talented backcourt in Stephon Curry and Klay Thompson, while the Bulls should be contenders once Derrick Rose returns from his latest injury. Phoenix, who had a strong season in 2013-2014, and has several assets to move for Love may be another option. A Golden State deal could include David Lee and Harrison Barnes, two assets the Lakers simply don’t have.

It’s unclear where the Lakers stand in the potential Love sweepstakes. Although Los Angeles would be well positioned to attract Love in free agency due to their salary cap freedom after next season, the Lakers likely won’t be contenders in the upcoming season. The Lakers also don’t have a head coach yet, a big factor when free agents look at options.

Of course the biggest concern in trading for Love prior to free agency is the ability to sign Love to a long-term deal after next season. If the Lakers can somehow pull a package together that is attractive to Minnesota, they would be in a position to sign Love. The concern would be whether or not Love sees Los Angeles as a potential contender. Who the Lakers hire as their next head coach and who they get in the upcoming draft will be a major factor. If the Lakers end up toward the top of the lottery and are able to select an impact player, they’ll have another building block that may attract Love, to go with their cap space and ability to sign another potential max free agent.

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The other big question is whether or not Love is worth max free agent dollars. He’s a uniquely talented big man who puts huge offensive numbers up, but his play has not translated to wins in Minnesota. Last season the Timberwolves were healthy and had a solid core of talent around Love, as well as a respected head coach in Rick Adelman. Last season the Timberwolves were a .500 basketball team, and have been under .500 for all of Love’s career. Love is a tremendous rebounder and scorer but is not an impact player on the defensive end. The perception of many around the NBA is that he is a very capable player, but not the best player on a championship team. Love would improve the Lakers, but they would likely need to add another star to play alongside Love to truly return to championship status. Chris M

Emerging powers in NBA’s Wild Wild West

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NBA WEST

The Western Conference has been the more powerful of the two in the NBA for several years now. This current season is no exception. Apart from the powerhouses, which were expected to dominate and they eventually did, we also saw several underdogs making their presence felt. The San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder are considered as the three elite teams in the West but the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors are also powerhouses, emerging ones. In fact, we could even say that the Los Angeles Clippers are an emerging powerhouse, given that it’s been just a couple of seasons since Lob City has made it to the top. Let’s examine each emerging power in the West.

Golden State Warriors

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WARRIORS

The Warriors are definitely an emerging powerhouse. Although the Dubs experienced several ups and downs this season, they also showed their potential. The Warriors entered the 2013-2014 campaign as one of the strongest championship contenders in the Western Conference and the truth is that it took them a while to showcase their abilities. Playing without their starting center, Andrew Bogut, the Dubs did manage to drag their first round series against the Los Angeles Clippers in seven games. They eventually fell to Lob City but the future seems to be bright for Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee, Andre Iguodala and the rest of the crew. Every core member of the team is under contract for at least one more season.

Portland Trail Blazers

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BLAZERS

Rip City made it to the second round of the playoffs this year and but it also managed to made its presence felt across the NBA world. The Blazers have now found their new face of the franchise, in Damian Lillard. The second-year point guard as already reached a superstar level and although he is just 23, he seems to be ready to make it to the list of the elite point guards in the NBA, together with Chris Paul, Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook. On top of that, LaMarcus Aldridge has managed to revamp his career and although he had some cold streaks during the playoffs, he seems to be capable of being the second star pillar, alongside Lillard. Nicolas Batum is the third member of Rip City’s Big Three and things in Portland now look better than ever in the recent history of the team. Look for the Blazers to continue emerging in the seasons to come.

Los Angeles Clippers

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CLIPPERS

Forget about the Lakers. The next big thing in LA is the team called “Los Angeles Clippers”, also known as Lob City. The Clips possess every single element a true powerhouse, an elite team needs to have. They’ve got two megastars, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, an emerging star, in DeAndre Jordan, the best sixth man in the NBA, in Jamal Crawford and also one of handful of guru coaches in the league, Doc Rivers. The Clippers have already emerged as a powerhouse in the West but they are continuing their upward course. If they don’t win the NBA Championship this year they will certainly have the chance to do so in the seasons to come. Chris M.

Let the Clippers Vs Warriors Playoffs Begin

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CLIPPERS Vs WARRIORS

In one of the most eagerly anticipated first round playoff series the Los Angeles Clippers will face the Golden State Warriors in the opening round of the NBA’s Western Conference playoffs, starting Saturday at STAPLES Center Saturday, with game two scheduled for STAPLES Center on Monday night. The Warriors, who finished sixth in the Western Conference playoff standings, were dealt a major blow this past week when starting center Andrew Bogut suffered a fractured rib.

The Clippers are coming off of their second consecutive Pacific Division title and the top record in team history. After a disappointing exit at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies in last season’s playoffs the Clippers, with Doc Rivers at the helm, enter the playoffs with high expectations. The Clippers success has created major expectations in Los Angeles that the team is primed for a finals run. When star point guard Chris Paul went down with an injury early this year, power forward Blake Griffin took his game to the next level, garnering attention as a potential dark horse MVP candidate. In Paul and Griffin the Clippers have two established superstars, arguably two of the top ten players in the NBA. With the return of JJ Redick the Clippers are also healthy for the first time in several months, with the entire starting lineup intact.

The series will be defined by the point guard matchup between Chris Paul and Warriors superstar fourth-year forward Stephon Curry. Curry has nearly unlimited range and along with Klay Thompson forms the premier shooting backcourt in the NBA. Curry, arguably the best three point shooter in the history of the NBA, is the catalyst for the Warriors offense, constantly pushing the basketball with the ability to score from the outside and in transition.

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CLIPPERS Vs WARRIORS

Due to Golden State’s unique home court advantage at Oracle Arena it’s important for the Clippers to get off to a fast start at STAPLES Center, not letting the Warriors steal a game before the series heads to the Bay Area. With Bogut out due to injury the Clippers will have an advantage inside with Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Veteran Jermaine O’Neal will be forced to play extra minutes alongside David Lee inside. Lee is already a weakness on the defensive end, and the Warriors interior defense will suffer mightily without Bogut, who is a strong presence on the boards and as a shot blocker. The Clippers extraordinary depth, which includes Matt Barnes, Darren Collison, Jamal Crawford, Jared Dudley and Danny Granger off the bench gives them depth advantage. If they can exploit their depth through an up-tempo style they should be able to offset the firepower of Curry and Thompson.

Prediction: The loss of Bogut will have a major impact on the series. The big Aussie is a major presence inside and the Warriors interior defense will suffer without him. The Clippers tremendous overall depth, as well as the coaching of Doc Rivers, should overwhelm the Warriors. Clippers in five.

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