It’s the NBA Finals everybody wanted to see, except that there’s a good possibility that it might now be over before it really has a chance to get started. After a fun first 48 minutes, overtime in Game 1 took an abrupt turn when we were got a glimpse of Kyrie Irving wincing in pain as he walked back to training room with an apparent knee injury. Up to that point Irving was brilliant and seemed to have recovered from whatever was bothering him throughout the Playoffs. The talk among our side of the Internet was actually less about what Stephen Curry and LeBron James was wearing and more about the wine red and gold Kyrie 1 PE that Irving was rocking.
So now it really becomes the Curry and James show, which was already in progress in these Finals. Curry had a solid outing in his Finals debut while James had his most prolific scoring output ever in the championship round spoiled by the Warriors’ game plan – let him flourish but shut down the rest of the squad. Both of their respective PEs were pretty good for a Finals game, but nothing that was on the level of the Kyrie 1. So yeah, we’re totally bummed about Kyrie being out on multiple levels.
As expected Nike came through with white and gold exclusives of their performance models including the HyperRev 2015, Hyperdunk 2014, Zoom Run The One and much more. Hopefully there will be more urgency from adidas and ANTA as these Finals roll along, but for now enjoy this look at the kicks from Game 1.
Pictures courtesy of Ben Margot and Eric Risberg of The Associated Press, Ezra Shaw of Getty Images and John W. McDonough of Sports Illustrated.
Stephen Curry – Under Armour Curry One PE
LeBron James – Nike LeBron 12 PE
Kyrie Irving – Nike Kyrie 1 PE
Andre Iguodala – Nike Zoom Run The One PE
Draymond Green – Nike Hyperdunk 2014 PE
J.R. Smith – Nike HyperRev 2015 PE
Iman Shumpert – adidas Crazy Ghost 2014 PE
Tristan Thompson – Nike Zoom Soldier 8 PE
Timofey Mozgov – Nike Zoom Soldier 8
Klay Thompson – ANTA KT Fire