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2015 NBA Finals

2015 NBA Finals
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Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr 0 Cleveland Cavaliers David Blatt 0
Dates Starts June 4
Television U.S.:
English: ABC
Spanish: ESPN Deportes
Canada:
TSN
Announcers ABC:
ESPN Deportes:
Radio network ESPN Radio
Announcers Mike Tirico & Hubie Brown
Eastern Finals Cavaliers defeated Hawks, 4–0
Western Finals Warriors defeated Rockets, 4–1
NBA Finals

The 2015 NBA Finals is the championship series of the 2014–15 season of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the conclusion of the season's playoffs. This series will feature the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers versus the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors. Golden State, who finished with the best regular season record, has home-court advantage. The Finals will be played in a 2–2–1–1–1 format (Games 1 and 2 at Golden State, Games 3 and 4 at Cleveland, Game 5 at Golden State, Game 6 at Cleveland, and Game 7 at Golden State). Game 1 is scheduled for June 4, 2015.[1]

The Finals will be televised in United States on ABC and in Canada on TSN. This is the first time since 1998 that neither of the Finals participants are the Los Angeles Lakers, the San Antonio Spurs, or the Miami Heat. This is also the first NBA Finals to not feature either Tim Duncan, Dwyane Wade, or Kobe Bryant since 1998,[2] and the fifth consecutive NBA Finals appearance for Cleveland teammates LeBron James and James Jones, who both played for the Miami Heat the previous four seasons.[3] The finals feature two teams with title droughts of four decades, with the Cavaliers having never won since their 1970–71 inception and the Warriors' last title in 1975.[4]

This year's NBA Finals marks the first time that both participating teams have rookie head coaches since the first finals were played in 1947, when the NBA was known as the Basketball Association of America (BAA).[5]

This is the third time in the last four years that the season's reigning MVP has played in the NBA Finals, with James winning the MVP and playing in the Finals in 2012 and 2013, and Curry winning the MVP and playing in this year's Finals.

Background

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers entered the 2014–15 season after firing Mike Brown and replacing him with David Blatt as head coach, signing free agent forward LeBron James, and trading for forward Kevin Love. James previously played for Cleveland from 2003 to 2010, leading the Cavaliers to their only previous Finals appearance in 2007. James then played for the Miami Heat from 2010 to 2014, leading the Heat to two NBA championships in 2012 and 2013. During the 2014 NBA draft on June 26, 2014, Cleveland held the first overall pick and used it to select Andrew Wiggins. Later on August 23, a three-team trade was completed involving the Cavaliers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Philadelphia 76ers. As part of the deal, Wiggins and Anthony Bennett were traded from Cleveland to Minnesota, along with Thaddeus Young, then of Philadelphia. The Cavaliers received Kevin Love from Minnesota, whereas the Sixers received Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved from the Timberwolves and a 2015 first round draft pick from Cleveland.[6]

James, Love, and guard Kyrie Irving became dubbed nationally as the "Big Three".[7] The Cavaliers got off to a shockingly bad start that led to intense media scrutiny and caused many to question David Blatt's job security. The team got off to a 19-20 start in their first 39 games, which included a stretch where they were 2-10 in 12 games that began with a road loss to the Miami Heat on December 25. Injuries to LeBron James and chemistry issues were considered to be the primary reasons for the underwhelming start. However, a number of trades turned the season around. The Cavaliers acquired J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from the Knicks in exchange for draft picks while sending Dion Waiters to the Thunder. The Cavaliers then acquired Timofey Mozgov. LeBron's return to the Cavaliers' lineup (following a 2-week layoff) on January 12 completed the turnaround. The Cavaliers closed out the season on a high note, going 34-9 as Cleveland complied a 53–29 regular season record to win the Central Division title, and the second best record in the Eastern Conference behind the Atlanta Hawks. The Cavaliers advanced to the Finals after sweeping the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, defeating the Chicago Bulls in six games during the second round, and sweeping the Hawks in the conference finals.

Golden State Warriors

The Warriors entered the 2014–15 season after replacing Mark Jackson with Steve Kerr as head coach. This was Kerr's first ever head coaching job. After retiring as a player in 2003, he served as a broadcast analyst from 2003 to 2007 and 2010 to 2014, and as general manager of the Phoenix Suns from 2007 to 2010. Revamping Golden State's offense, Kerr employed elements of the triangle offense from his playing days with the Chicago Bulls under Phil Jackson, the spacing and pace of Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs, and the uptempo principles Alvin Gentry used in Phoenix when Kerr was the GM.[8]

In Kerr's first year, the Warriors finished with the best regular season record at 67–15, including an incredible 39-2 mark in home games. Kerr became the winningest rookie head coach in NBA history, passing Tom Thibodeau and his 62 wins with the Chicago Bulls in 2010–11.[9] Point guard Stephen Curry set the NBA record for three-pointers made in a regular season with 286, eclipsing his own record that he set in 2012–13.[10] Curry also won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for the 2014–15 season.[11] Golden State then advanced to the Finals after sweeping the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round of the playoffs, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies in six games during the second round, and eliminating the Houston Rockets in five games in the conference finals.

Road to the Finals

Main article: 2015 NBA Playoffs
Cleveland Cavaliers (Eastern Conference Champion) Golden State Warriors (Western Conference Champion)

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Defeated the 7th seeded Boston Celtics, 4–0 First round Defeated the 8th seeded New Orleans Pelicans, 4–0
Defeated the 3rd seeded Chicago Bulls, 4–2 Conference Semifinals Defeated the 5th seeded Memphis Grizzlies, 4–2
Defeated the 1st seeded Atlanta Hawks, 4–0 Conference Finals Defeated the 2nd seeded Houston Rockets, 4–1

Regular season series

The Cavaliers and Warriors tied the regular season series 1–1, with each team winning on its home floor.

Series

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−4)

Game 1

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June 4
9:00 pm
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Game 2

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June 7
8:00 pm
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June 9
9:00 pm
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June 11
9:00 pm
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June 14
8:00 pm
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June 16
9:00 pm
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Game 7

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June 19
9:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors*

Rosters

Golden State Warriors roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
G 19 Barbosa, Leandro 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 1982–11–28 Brazil
F 40 Barnes, Harrison 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1992–05–30 North Carolina
C 12 Bogut, Andrew 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 260 lb (118 kg) 1984–11–28 Utah
G 30 Curry, Stephen (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1988–03–14 Davidson
C 31 Ezeli, Festus 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1989–10–21 Vanderbilt
F 23 Green, Draymond 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1990–03–04 Michigan State
G/F 7 Holiday, Justin 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1989–04–05 Washington
G/F 9 Iguodala, Andre (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1984–01–28 Arizona
C 1 Kuzmić, Ognjen 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 260 lb (118 kg) 1990–05–16 Bosnia and Herzegovina
F/C 10 Lee, David 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1983–04–29 Florida
G 34 Livingston, Shaun 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 1985–09–11 Peoria Central HS (IL)
F 20 McAdoo, James Michael 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1993–01–04 North Carolina
G/F 4 Rush, Brandon 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1985–07–07 Kansas
F/C 5 Speights, Marreese 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1987–08–04 Florida
G 11 Thompson, Klay 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1990–02–08 Washington State
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Johan Wang

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2015–04–27

Cleveland Cavaliers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
G 8 Dellavedova, Matthew 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1990–09–08 Saint Mary's
G 12 Harris, Joe 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1991–09–07 Virginia
C 33 Haywood, Brendan 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 263 lb (119 kg) 1979–11–27 North Carolina
G 2 Irving, Kyrie (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1992–03–23 Duke
F 23 James, LeBron (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1984–12–30 St. Vincent–St. Mary HS (OH)
G/F 1 Jones, James 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1980–10–04 Miami (FL)
F/C 0 Love, Kevin Injured 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 243 lb (110 kg) 1988–09–07 UCLA
F 31 Marion, Shawn 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 228 lb (103 kg) 1978–05–07 UNLV
G/F 18 Miller, Mike 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 1980–02–19 Florida
C 20 Mozgov, Timofey 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1986–07–16 Russia
C 3 Perkins, Kendrick 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 270 lb (122 kg) 1984–11–10 Clifton J. Ozen (TX)
G 4 Shumpert, Iman 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1990–06–26 Georgia Tech
G/F 5 Smith, J. R. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1985–09–09 St. Benedict's Prep (NJ)
F/C 13 Thompson, Tristan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 238 lb (108 kg) 1991–03–13 Texas
F/C 17 Varejão, Anderson Injured 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 267 lb (121 kg) 1982–09–28 Brazil
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Michael Mancias
  • Yusuke Nakayama
  • Steve Spiro (head trainer)
Strength and conditioning coach(es)
  • Derek Millender (performance specialist)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2015–04–20

References

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