Mark Jackson would vote for Cavaliers’ LeBron James as Finals MVP over Warriors Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala

CLEVELAND – Ex-Warriors coach Mark Jackson picked James Harden for Most Valuable Player, and hours before his old team potentially wins the NBA title in Game 6, he supported LeBron James for Finals MVP.

An ESPN broadcaster calling the game for ABC, Jackson indicated on Mike & Mike on Tuesday that the Cleveland Cavaliers star would be his MVP pick even if Warriors won the championship.

“He is the MVP of this series thus far,” Jackson said. “There’s no question about it. When you take a look at what he’s doing, this Warrior team is a superior team. They have great depth, 67 wins, talent and versatility to throw at you. To have a chance to win, LeBron James has got to be spectacular, and he’s been that.

“Up until last game, Andre Iguodala would have been the MVP for the Golden State Warriors. Steph Curry exploded, and he’s in the discussion right now for Warriors MVP. But there’s no question in my mind, the MVP of these Finals has been LeBron James, and he would get my vote.

Asked if he would vote for James if Warriors were to win the series in six games, Jackson said: “We are watching an incredible, incredible individual performance that has allowed this team that’s not very talented to have a chance to win it all.”

James has averaged 36.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists in 45.6 minutes in the series that the Cavaliers trail 3-2.

Curry, who won the MVP in a landslide over Harden, has averaged 26.2 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 42.4 minutes in the series. Iguodala has helped the Warriors win two Finals games in a row since being inserted in the starting lineup and has been the primary defender on James while averaging 14.6 points, 6 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 37 minutes.

Jackson coached the Warriors to 51 win regular-season wins and a playoff appearance last season before being fired.


Warriors: Stephen Curry is recovered from dehydration, will play in Game 6

CLEVELAND – Warriors guard Stephen Curry is expected to play in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in a potential championship clincher after recovering from dehydration, a team spokesman said Monday.

Curry traveled with the team to Cleveland and did not receive additional treatment for dehydration after taking in fluids to address lightheadedness following the Warriors’ win in Game 5 against the Cavaliers on Sunday.

Curry after scoring 37 points and conducting a press conference returned to the locker room for treatment after the game.


Warriors’ Andre Iguodala replaces Andrew Bogut in lineup for Game 4

CLEVELAND — Warriors forward Andre Iguodala replaced struggling center Andrew Bogut in the starting lineup for Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr had indicated less than two hours before tipoff the lineup would not change.

But Iguodala made his first start of the season for the Warriors after he accepted a bench role under coach Steve Kerr. He had started every game of his 10-year NBA career until this season.

Bogut averaged 3.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in the first three games of the series.


Mychal Thompson on Matthew Dellavedova: ‘That’s a joke to think he can stop Steph Curry’

Mychal Thompson, the father of Warriors guard Klay Thompson, thinks Stephen Curry was off on his shot and it wasn’t the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Matthew Dellavedova who stopped the MVP.

“Dellavedova, he couldn’t stop Steph if Steph was asleep,” Mychal Thompson said on the ESPN LA radio show he co-hosts on Thursday before Game 4. “Steph is that good of an offensive player, that great of a shooter, that great of a ball-handler.

“So giving him credit for stopping Steph Curry, people who are doing that don’t understand that Steph Curry is one of those kind of guys – Kevin Durant, Kobe (Bryant) when Kobe was in his prime. There’s nothing you can do with guys like that. They’re going to score. You’re just trying to make things as difficult as possible for him. And Dellavedova’s scrapping, and he’s hustling. I give him credit for that. And he’s trying his little heart out. But no, come on. That’s a joke to think he can stop Steph Curry.”

After Dellavedova took over for Kyrie Irving in the starting lineup, Curry in Game 2 had the worst playoff shooting performance of his career before bouncing back in the fourth quarter of a Game 3 loss.

According to SportVU, Curry was 0 for 7 from the field while being defended by Dellavedova in Game 2. In Game 3, Curry was 3 for 9 from the field going up against Dellavedova, missing each of his six 2-point attempts.

“He’s a scrappy guy, man,” Mychal Thompson said of Dellavedova, the undrafted Saint Mary’s product who has turned into a sensation in the Finals.

“The way he’s playing Steph, he’s being physical. He’s grabbing, clutching. He’s just going after guys’ knees and stuff. Did you see him go after Draymond (Green’s) knees the other night, by the way? The league sort of didn’t notice that.”


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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) takes a 3-point shot against Cleveland Cavaliers' Matthew Dellavedova (8) in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June  9, 2015.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) takes a 3-point shot against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Matthew Dellavedova (8) in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

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