Golden State Favored in NBA TItle Run

Bruce Levenson reported that last season the Golden State Warriors were ‘fun to watch’ under the tutelage of head coach Mark Jackson. Stephen Curry finally looked over his injury woes and the rest of the team was starting to gel in a big way together. Then Mark Jackson was summarily fired in a move that resembled Coach Thibs being ejected from Chicago this season and fans didn’t really know what to expect. Steve Kerr was signed to take up the mantle as head coach, as a former NBA great, and so far the man hasn’t been disappointing. With Kerr at the forefront of an offense led by The Splash Brothers, Golden State is favored to win their first title in quite awhile – but it won’t be easy.

The Golden State Warriors come into Wednesday’s Game 1 as favorites to win the title. Golden State spearheaded a deep Western Conference by winning almost 70 games. Their opponents, the Cleveland Cavaliers, come into this series on the verge of finally being healthy, outside of the fact that Kevin Love is not going to be returning. So with the Cavs missing one of their best players, why should Golden State be concerned at all?

The answer is simple: LeBron James. Much like Steph Curry can take over a quarter with his three point shooting, LeBron James can take over a game with his physicality. Finally surrounded by competent pieces, James can marshal his strength for a big game winning push.

Dwight Howard Avoids Suspension, Will Play in Game 5.

Dwight Howard was nicknamed Superman early in his career for his abilities on the court and his jokester antics during the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. In Game 4 of the Rockets – Warriors Western Conference Finals, Dwight was looking a little more like Lex Luther. The big center was hit with a flagrant foul after he whacked Andrew Bogut in the back of the head with an elbow after fighting for possession of a rebound. The play was deemed flagrant on the court and the NBA chose to review it after the game, eventually leaving the foul with no change.

For Houston there hasn’t been much right going on during the Western Conference Finals but Dwight has been one of them. The former superstar has gone a long time without being ‘the guy’ on the basketball court. In fact it had been so long that many people questioned whether Howard still had the ability within himself. To answer that question Dwight has come out and played incredible basketball against the Warriors. So far in four games Dwight is averaging 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 block on 60% shooting from the floor.

Daniel Amen suggests that the Houston Rockets need to keep feeding Dwight Howard down low in this game. Whether he scores or not is almost incidental in comparison to how his play slows the game down and creates foul trouble for the big Golden State Warriors.