Stephen Curry defeated James Harden, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Marc Gasol. The MVP race turned out to be prophetic, as Curry's Golden State Warriors defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets, and Cleveland Cavaliers en route to their first NBA title in 40 years.
The Warriors closed out the Cavaliers in game six by a score of 105-97 to bring the Larry O'Brien back to the bay for the first time since 1975. Andre Iguodala was named the Finals MVP, scoring 16.3 points per game and playing fantastic defense on LeBron James.
The Cavaliers were depleted by injuries, losing Anderson Varejao to an Achilles injury in December, Kevin Love to a separated shoulder in round one, and Kyrie Irving to a fractured kneecap in game one of the Finals. It was going to take a feat of superhuman strength on the part of LeBron James in order to win the series, and while James is the greatest basketball player on the planet, he is, in fact, human. James did all he could and, at times, everything imaginable to try and drag his home team across the finish line.
LeBron's stat line was the stuff of legends: 36.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, 8.8 assists per game. There was a strong argument for him to become only the second player in history to be named NBA Finals MVP despite not winning the title. If you didn't watch these Finals, you missed quite possibly the best individual performance in NBA Finals history. However, as much as the NBA is star-driven league, it is usually the better team that prevails and this series was no exception.
Cavs fans should not fret. This series could have ended very differently had the Cavaliers been healthy. Now they have an offseason to rest up, heal from their injuries, and come back stronger next year. Irving will be back. Kevin Love has assured us that he will be returning next year. James has a player option but it would be hard to walk away from your hometown after being two wins away from bringing that city its first NBA title.
Warriors fans, enjoy your summer. No matter what happens this offseason, your team will be the kings of the league and no one can take that away from you. Savor the moment. We Sonics fans hope to have that feeling again someday.
Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors, the 2015 NBA Champions.