Kelly Dwyer

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Kelly Dwyer is the editor of Ball Don't Lie. He has written for various websites about the NBA since 1997, he lives in Indiana with his wife, two children, three cats, and yes, Kelly Dwyer is a "he."

  • One shouldn’t use these Finals as an opportunity to dismiss Kevin Love. Pardon the expression, but he’s figuratively fighting for his reputation with one arm tied behind his back. Love, in his first year with Cleveland and first in the postseason, didn’t even make it out of the first round this season prior to suffering a nasty shoulder injury against the Boston Celtics, a team that made the seventh seed in the Eastern playoffs while winning as many games this season that Love’s postseason-less Timberwolves won last year.

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    Love became a Cavalier, after a summer’s worth of signs, after being dealt from Minnesota to Cleveland for a package that included expected (and eventual) Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins, and Chris Grant-era casualty Anthony Bennett. Prior to that trade, Love was rumored to be headed to Cleveland’s combatants, the Golden State Warriors, in exchange for Klay Thompson, and David Lee. That’s what

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  • It's OK to wonder if LeBron James, even in defeat, is the Finals MVP

    We all can agree that, at this point, Most Valuable Player awards and especially Finals MVP awards are rather silly, right? Yes, the role of an individual can be the deciding force even in this team game, but the goal overall should be winning, and a bon mot on top of that eventual win hardly really matters.

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    And winners, save for one time, always take the Finals MVP. Not only are the voters usually correct in their assertion as to who was the most valuable player over a four-to-seven game stretch, but it would be obscenely cruel to dot the best player on a losing team with a bit of hardware that he wants nothing to do with.

    No, at some point, the Finals MVP discussion is just an excuse for you to click on more things, or to dial in on TV or radio. Something to feed the machine, and another excuse for a car company to give away a moderately priced sedan.

    I’m not trying to get you to click, though, I promise.

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  • Stephen Curry finds his stroke as Golden State takes a 3-2 NBA Finals lead

    After a series’ worth of struggles, Stephen Curry finally found his way toward some open space. Barely.

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    The NBA’s MVP nailed seven three-pointers on his way toward 37 points as his Golden State Warriors worked toward a pivotal Game 5 win, downing the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-91. Curry managed 17 fourth-quarter points in the conquest, taking a 3-2 series lead as his W’s could take in the franchise’s first NBA championship in 40 years in Tuesday’s Game 6 in Cleveland.

    "We're not getting ahead of ourselves," Curry said postgame before needing to be treated for dehydration. "In the locker room, if you walked in there was the exact same after a regular-season win. But we know the sense of urgency of the moment. It's a good feeling to get a win in Cleveland and understand we can get it done and how we need to get it done." 

    After struggling to find consistent rhythm throughout the series, Curry went against Golden

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  • Andrew Bogut on LeBron James: 'I think he jumped into the cameraman'

    In a postseason filled with scary moments, this one seemed to carry on the unfortunate tradition.

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    LeBron James, already dragging his tired team up and down the court against a rejuvenated Golden State Warriors squad during the second quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Finals, fell into a cameraman after taking in a hard-yet-appropriate foul from Warriors center Andrew Bogut. James’ resulting collision left him with a gash on his head that needed stitches following the game, though luckily he did not suffer a concussion.

    Most observers seemed to agree that Bogut’s foul didn’t mean to send James toward the camera lens, as it was only placed as to prevent one of the greatest finishers in NBA history from tossing up a reverse layup at the rim. Everyone seemed to just about move on, as soon as it was discovered that James would be able to play.

    Not Bogut, apparently. From USA Today’s Sam Amick:

    "I think he jumped into the

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  • Golden State comes alive behind Andre Iguodala, ties the NBA Finals at 2-2

    It might be possible that the Cleveland Cavaliers have cracked, and you couldn’t blame them for that. It also might be possible that the Golden State Warriors have broken through.

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    Some combination of the two likely led to a desperately needed Warriors win in Game 4 on Thursday. Golden State used an inspired starting lineup change to blow out the Cavs 103-82 and tie the 2015 NBA Finals up at 2-2. The Warriors will have a chance to take a commanding 3-2 series lead in Game 5 on Sunday, and former supersub Andre Iguodala is the biggest reason why.

    Iguodala, who didn’t start a game all season until his team’s 101st game on Thursday, replaced Andrew Bogut in the starting lineup and completely outplayed a game-but-ultimately-ineffective (to his usual standards, at least) LeBron James. Dre finished his night with 22 points on 8-for-15 shooting with eight rebounds. He played excellent defense, and turned the ball over

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  • The media onslaught that has documented Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova’s seemingly unconscionable rise to stardom has gone beyond noticing his fine defensive work, his unfortunate trip to the hospital, or the fact that buildings aren’t being named after him. Now we’re reporting on his breakfast routine.

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    OK, maybe not his breakfast routine, but a routine that takes a breakfast staple into the evening hours. One he’s been asked not to keep up in the wake of severe cramping and that hospital visit following Game 3.

    Matthew Dellavedova can’t drink coffee before a game anymore. He disclosed as much prior to Thursday’s Game 4, around the same time LeBron James walked into the arena and to his locker room without anyone noticing. From ESPN’s Dave McMenamin:

    The Cleveland Cavaliers starting point guard will eschew his tradition of his pregame -- and sometimes halftime -- cup of joe.

    "There will be no

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  • Looking ahead to Game 4: Golden State vs. Cleveland

    Previously, on ‘Warriors vs. Cavaliers’ …

    It took a grounding, of sorts – the removal of all LeBron James’ hoped-for toys – for the Cleveland Cavaliers to reveal Golden State’s blood orange sky. A subpar defensive team during the regular season, one that merely turned into a mediocre defensive team following some midseason personnel upgrades, the Cavs turned the NBA’s highest-scoring regular season team into a shell of itself at the worst possible time. Cleveland is burrowing holes into Golden State’s foundation, and they’ve earned a 2-1 NBA Finals lead.

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    No, the Warriors weren’t the best offensive team in the NBA during the regular season, but they weren’t that far behind the top-ranked Los Angeles Clippers, and they certainly hold the potential to drop 122 points on whoever decides to try and stay in front of the squad’s seeming cast of all-around threats.

    It’s not always about NBA MVP Stephen Curry and fellow

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  • The NBA thinks on its feet, and Cleveland is plodding proof

    In this year’s NBA Finals, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt has decided to slow down the game, limit possessions, limit potentially turnover-causing passes around the perimeter, and ride LeBron James’ isolation play to a 2-1 series lead. He’s been absolutely spot-on in his approach.

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    During the regular season, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr completely abandoned an offensive game plan, put into place by former W’s coach Mark Jackson, which just about mirrored what Blatt is doing in Cleveland right now. Isolation play and simple screen and roll sets designed to highlight the All-Stars were thrown out the window, and a fevered, risk-taking approach led to the Warriors finishing a few blown outlet passes away from ending the season as the league’s leader in offensive efficiency. He came through with an inspired and correct call.

    In the NBA’s other conference, Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer aped the

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  • Cleveland holds off Warriors, follows LeBron James to a 2-1 NBA Finals lead

    The easy script for these suddenly plucky Cleveland Cavaliers continues to roll on. Initially pitched as a star-heavy team full of well-heeled All-Stars, the Cavs are playing their best defense of the season, and they’ve taken a 2-1 advantage in the 2015 NBA Finals. The Cavs downed Golden State 96-91 in Game 3 behind another near-triple-double from LeBron James, and several key plays from the irascible Matthew Dellavedova.

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    The Cavaliers point guard, only starting because of Kyrie Irving’s season-ending knee injury, made a three-point play with just over 2:30 left to quell a Golden State comeback. Directly following a Stephen Curry 3-pointer that cut the Cavaliers' lead to one, Dellavedova hit a crouching, scrambling – cramblin’ – runner in the lane that drew a foul on the NBA's MVP. A series of dives to the floor in pursuit of loose balls in the minutes that followed only added to the legend.

    Dellavedova

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  • When hardcore NBA fans saw the referee crew that the league rolled out in Game 2 of the Finals on Sunday, there was a bit of a collective gulp. Lead ref Scott Foster was joined by Zach Zarba and Tony Brothers, and both Foster and Zarba are two of the more, um, prominent referees working today. If you’ve ever been frustrated at what you thought should have been a non-call, something the refs should have let go, chances are either Foster or Zarba blew the needless whistle on that one.

    As it turns out, neither blew the whistle enough in Game 2.

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    The NBA admitted that four calls were muffed badly in the overtime portion of Cleveland’s gutty win, with LeBron James ending up on the wrong end of two of them while acting as the beneficiary in another miss. That pitch/pull with LBJ even happened on the same play, as he traveled just prior to being badly hacked on a lay-in attempt.

    The NBA’s website concluded what we all

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