A lot of excitement happened in basketball during the previous year. Kobe Bryant announced his retirement, LeBron lost his two best teammates and went HAM against the Warriors in the Finals, and Blake Griffin barricaded a door to keep DeAndre Jordan in Los Angeles. And guess what, none of those made our top five! That’s just how wild this year was! With that in mind, let’s look at five unforgettable NBA moments from the past year.
5. Matthew Dellavedova’s Performance In Game 3
Delly became a lightning rod of discussion for his performance in the Finals. Filling in for the injured Kyrie Irving, he helped the Cavs take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals, before losing their last three. He’s not exactly the best athlete, or the most skilled offensive player, but that’s what made him such a sensation.
He came through in a big way in Game 3, putting in 20 points while playing lockdown defense on Steph Curry, forcing him into a poor shooting performance. He went back to Earth in the Final three games, but his out-of-nowhere brilliance in Game 3 will be part of Cleveland basketball history forever.