Western and Eastern conference final preview
May 21, 2015
Well we have come down to the final 4 teams in the NBA playoffs. In the Eastern Conference, it will be the Atlanta Hawks against the Cleveland Cavaliers and in the Western Conference, it will be the Golden State Warriors against the Houston Rockets.
The main headline in the Cavaliers and Hawks series is that will Kyrie Irving be healthy enough to have a major impact in the series. Irving has been dealing with a foot sprain ever since the first series against the Boston Celtics. But, if Irving can’t be himself the Cavaliers know they have a reliable backup point guard in Matthew Delladova and we all know the Cavaliers have the best player in the world, LeBron James. The Hawks are a very deep team and they are one of the teams in this year’s playoff field. Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll, who is an outstanding defender, will most likely be guarding Lebron James and the other four starters (Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, and Al Horford) were all-stars this season. Since there is no Kevin Love,who is out for the rest of the year with a shoulder injury, the Cavs will have to rely on Tristian Thompson for scoring.
The Warriors have already taken a 1-0 lead in the series against the Houston Rockets 110-106. Stephen Curry lead the way with 34 points, 5 assists and 6 rebounds. Shaun Livingston made a huge contribution off the bench after having 18 points 7 rebounds and 3 assists. James Harden was close to a triple double after a 28 point 11 rebound and 9 assists performance. Trevor Ariza also added 20 points but it wasn’t enough for the rockets. A big question as the series goes along is how healthy will Dwight Howard be after he left in the first half with a knee sprain. He is listed as questionable for game 2. Both series should be very interesting in my opinion.