For the third straight season the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are tipping off in the NBA Finals. Of course, NBA fans are well aware of the 3-1 lead that the Warriors blew in 2016 to give the Cavaliers their first championship in franchise history and break a long winning drought for the city… but it’s a new series and a new look for both teams who have beefed up during the season with new acquisitions *cough*Kevin Durant*cough.*
The top selling jersey on the Warriors is Stephen Curry who many may forget his Canadian connection. Growing up Steph’s dad, former NBA player now NBA commentator Wardell Curry played for the Toronto Raptors. Fans and media personal would see the youngster shoot hoops prior to the game and knew then that the young Curry was going to be a star.
For the player with the Canadian passport, well you would have to go to the Cavaliers for that honour. Tristan Thompson who is in the headlines most days for his relationship with a reality TV star has proven his worth this season.
He started in all 78 games he played in the regular season and started all of the 13 games the Cavs have played in the post-season so far. Just look at some of his numbers from the Eastern Conference Finals.
Game 1 vs the Boston Celtics, Thompson had a playoff career high 20 points and was a perfect 7-7 from the field, had nine rebounds, two assists and two steals in 34 minutes. He was the first Cav in franchise history to make at least seven field goals without missing a shot.
Game 3 of the Eastern Conference he notched a double-double (his second of the 2017 postseason) with 18 points and 13 rebounds. He went 12 of 15 from the line and also had a block in his 42 minutes on the court.
Tristan Thompson has grabbed at least 10 rebounds in seven of the 12 games in the 2017 Playoffs, averaging 9.7 boards to go with his 9.5 points (postseason career-high .612 FG%) in 33.4 minutes.
He only needed 4 rebounds to pass Zydrynas Ilgauskas (523REB) for 2nd in team history going into Thursday nights game. There was no doubt he wouldn’t get it.