Today, on Speak for Yourself, Colin and Jason deconstruct Game 5 of the NBA Finals. “Elimination Game” James. How much did the Warriors miss Draymond? Why is Kevin Love missing? Steph’s Finals struggles. And, the towering Kevin Love hate inferno.
Here’s where they line up:
Is LeBron’s unselfishness a weakness?
Jason: “Elimination Game” James, averages 32 points per game in elimination games. Why can’t he be a killer all the time? It didn’t take elimination game pressure for Magic to be great. LeBron needs to be cornered. It’s a weakness.
Colin: LeBron is naturally inclined to share. It’s not a weakness, it’s a strength. He can still turn it up like he did in Game 5, but it’s not who he is. LeBron is more Magic than Kobe or Michael.
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Steph Curry’s Finals struggles.
Jason: Steph doesn’t have the extra gear to go to for the Finals like LeBron. There is no “next level”. He’s physically maxed out.
Colin: He struggles because of the environment. More physical, he’s finesse. LeBron can adapt to any style of play. If the Warriors win, Draymond should be MVP.
Bigger factor in Game 5: Draymond’s absence or Kyrie going off.
Colin: Draymond’s absence. Golden State wasn’t the same team without their bouncer. That game proved he’s the Warriors team MVP.
Jason: Kyrie going off. He put on a historically dominant performance going 17-24. Have to give credit for what happened, not what’s missing.
Has the Kevin Love hate gone too far?
Jason: President of the Kevin Love Haters. Deserves all the criticism. The only place to find him is on a milk carton. Sit him if he’s bad next game. It’s crazy to give him 33 minutes if he’s invisible.
Colin: Kevin Love is what Chris Bosh turned into. Like Bosh, he was a 20 and 10 guy in Minnesota. He’s been reduced to a spot up three point shooter. If you’re a power forward, LeBron is bad for your business.