Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 10:05 AM
CAVALIERS CRUSH WARRIORS 115-101 TO FORCE SUNDAY'S GAME 7 (AND THAT'LL BE ONLY THE THIRD GAME 7 IN NBA FINALS HISTORY IN THE PAST DECADE!) ... PLUS NBA FINALS KEY SPREAD STATS TOO
In case you were wondering, the last time we experienced an NBA Finals Game 7 clash - back in June 2013 - there was LeBron James and the Miami Heat snagging a 95-88 home win against the San Antonio Spurs behind a whopping 37 points by "The King".
Now, James is back for another Game 7 Finals appearance after tantalizing the national TV audience and some 20,000-or-so folks inside Quicken Loans Arena last night with one of the great stat lines in recent hoops history:
That's 41 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds and, oh, by the way, did we mention he scored 18 consecutive Cavalier points at one stage of this game and swatted down a Stephen Curry drive-to-the-hoop shot that truly energized the joint in the 115-101 triumph? We'll dig deeper in Cleveland's stirring Game 6 win in just a moment but first this key reminder ...
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are set to cap this 2015-16 NBA season with a bang come Sunday night as the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors tangle - hope you've been with us right from the very start of these pro hoop playoffs, folks, because we've absolutely cashed in big-time! Go online right here at www.VegasSportsMasters.com or call our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 and get Game 7 of these NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers and remember to cash in too with all the Major-League Baseball winners as Jim stays red-hot heading into summer!
NBA FINALS - CLEVELAND 115, GOLDEN STATE 101 - Series tied 3-3
Let's cut right to the chase and say some of the things they didn't say in the post-game shows:
There really was no excuse for the reigning champion Warriors to stagger out of the starting gate and be down 31-11 after one quarter of action ... why didn't Golden State head coach Steve Kerr take some "hits" for not having his team prepped to play from the start and why didn't the famed "Splash Brothers" backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson receive more criticism for each turning the ball over four times while both repeatedly made awful decisions and took some awfully tough shots?
As ESPN post-game analyst Chauncey Billups stated, Curry scored "the quietest 30 points" in memory as he nailed 8-of-20 field-goal tries while Thompson was part of a not-so-big-three that also included Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green that shot a composite 3-of-23 from the field in the first half of play.
True, James was an absolute monster and he both went hard to the hoop (see 16-of-27 made field goals) and shot well from outside (see three trifectas in six tries) but the Warriors simply allowed 'Bron too much space to operate and ditto for G Kyrie Irving who poured in 20 of his 23 points in the opening half.
No doubt the absence of F/C Andrew Bogut (knee/out for Game 7) hurt the Warriors on the defensive end of the floor but we simply lost count how many times the Cavs' James/Irving went to the basket with little if any resistance while on the flip side Golden State inexplicably tried to score in the paint a lot and took wild shots or had 'em rejected (see seven blocked shots by Cleveland in Game 6).
In case you had forgotten, we here at Jim Sez suggested way back at the very start if this series (yes, prior to Game 1) that the longer this best-of-seven set went, the more we said "advantage Cavaliers" and it's starting to look that way with Golden State's Andre Iguodala (balky back) a shell of himself for much of Game 6 (just 5 points and 3 assists in 30 minutes of action) and with Curry/Thompson both apparently starting to run low on fuel.
Told 'ya that come-from-down-three-games-to-one NBA Western Conference Finals win against the Oklahoma City Thunder might rear its ugly head here and G-State looks tired and lacking some confidence to boot.
Hey, let's not sign off our Game 6 review yet without saluting Cleveland C Tristan Thomas (15 points on 6-of-6 shooting to go along with 16 rebounds) who has deserved way more praise than we've doled out this series: Thomas flushed home a barrage of alley-oop passes (a couple after he simply ran the court and beat the Warriors back) and some of his offensive boards turned instantly into Cav points ... the dude's been the X-factor for Tyronn Lue's club and he's been everything that teammate Kevin Love has not been!
Now, here's the Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals series in game chart form (all home teams are in CAPS below):
|6-2||GOLDEN ST.||- 6||Cleveland||104-89|
|6-5||GOLDEN ST||- 6||Cleveland||110-77|
|6-8||CLEVELAND||- 2||Golden St||120-90|
|6-10||Golden St||+ 2.5||CLEVELAND||108-97|
|6-13||Cleveland||+ 6||GOLDEN ST||112-97|
MORE NBA FINALS KEY SPREAD STATS
Okay, so home teams are 4-2 ATS (against the spread) so far in this year's NBA Finals with the host teams landing the pointspread wins in Games 1, 2, 3 and 6 and note that "totals" players are a dead-even and vig-losing 3-3 ATS with the "over" players getting the cash in Games 3, 5 and 6; the "unders" cashed in Games 1, 2 and 4.
Overall, Golden State is now 14-9 vig-wise in this year's NBA Playoffs (a .609 winning rate) while Cleveland exited last night's Game 6 bash at 12-8 ATS this post-season (a .600 winning percentage).
NBA Playoff Betting Favorites will enter Sunday's Game 7 at 50-33-0 ATS with two pick 'ems (a .602 winning rate).
NOTE: We'll preview Game 6 of the NBA Finals in tomorrow's edition of Jim Sez plus there's NBA Draft news and more Baseball News/Notes too comin' soon!