|LeBron is back in the finals but he’s got his work cut out for him!|
Well, sports fans, it’s been a seriously exciting postseason so far in both the NBA and NHL. We’ve had overtimes and buzzer-beaters galore, historic performances by superstars and breakout stars, and to close it out, we have historic matchups in both championship series!
In the NHL. both conference finals went to a seventh and deciding game. The Blackhawks, who appeared to be in trouble a few times this postseason, roared into the Stanley Cup Finals by downing a tough Anaheim Ducks team. Goalie Corey Crawford stood tall when it mattered, and playmakers Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane helped lead the speedy Chicago attack. In the East, the New York Rangers’ injury troubles caught up with them and they came out flat at Madison Square Garden, getting shut out by the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning led the NHL in scoring this regular season, and they’re probably the league’s fastest team; Crawford is going to have all he can handle in the final round. Undersized speed merchant Tyler Johnson has really put himself on the map this postseason, and will look to score in bunches and help the Lightning live up to their nickname!
|Steph Curry is the current MVP but he has to go through LeBron.|
As for the NHL, the conference finals weren’t nearly as exciting as the earlier rounds. But fortunately for basketball fans, the final is a battle of MVPs past and present! LeBron James is returning to the final series for the fifth straight time, joining some seriously elite NBA company. By his own account as well as many others’, he’s playing the best overall basketball of his NBA career. What’s scary about that is the fact that as he’s averaging in the vicinity of a triple-double, he isn’t even shooting as well as he can from the perimeter! And speaking of perimeter shooting, the Golden State Warriors do that as well as a lot of the best teams in history. MVP Steph Curry and rising star Klay Thompson, together known as the Splash Brothers, are shooting the lights out from deep but also playing well-rounded games. The sons of former NBA players, why bring both high basketball IQs and top-notch talent…and these kids work hard, as well. Meanwhile, the Warriors’ roleplayers are All-Star caliber players themselves, such as Andre Igoudala and former double-double machine David Lee. Draymond Green is a talented energizer bunny who was a standout at Michigan State, and Andrew Bogut is one of the league’s most talented big men. The Warriors’ metrics and eye test alike has them already in the conversation as one of the best single-season teams in NBA history!
Which MVP wil take home this year’s NBA title? Will the Stanley Cup go to the youthful speed merchants, or the been-threre veteran squad from Chicago? Hit us up @Brackethead on Twitter, and you can also us #FanCrazy photos and make bold predictions on our Facebook wall. If you really want to show your stuff and win stuff while you support your team, head to www.gofancheer.com and download the app!
May the brackets always bust in your favor,
Brackethead & the folks at FanCheer