Golden State V Cleveland II
Big Three V Big Three
Splash Brothers V King James and Co.
The finals start tonight and I know two things; I am not the only one excited and I am not the only one conflicted.
Two teams with completely different routes towards the NBA Finals. Cleveland; winning two consecutive series easily 4-0 while breaking records scoring and unbeaten records along the way and surprisingly stumbling against Toronto before taking care of business 4-2 and booking their ticket to the Finals.
Golden State on the other hand, had a slightly different route. Taking care of business vs Houston fairly comfortably, 4-1, even without the services of unanimous MVP Steph Curry for most of the series and then dispatching Portland 4-1 aswell, starting the series without Steph Curry before his record-breaking and heart-stopping return (17 Points in one OT period in Game 4 speaks for itself.) But then, probably the best NBA series I have seen since the 2013 NBA Finals, took place. Golden State becoming only the 10th team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit after trailing Oklahoma City after 4 games and winning the series 4-3, with the record-breaking 11 threes by Klay Thompson in Game 6 and the MVP performance from Steph Curry in Game 7, both of which had everybody out their seats, but should not have come as a surprise after the regular season they had and booked Golden State their ticket to the Finals.
A repeat of last year will take place, this time LeBron James will have the services of his two other stars, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, both who missed the Finals last year due to injury, but even then, I do not believe the Cavaliers will have enough. The 73-9 Golden State Warriors have already lost more games this post-season than I imagined, and I do anticipate that they will lose again (A LeBron James team will not get swept 4-0 in the NBA Finals again) but not 4 times out of 7. Both teams ‘Big Three’ will show up to play, but we all know it is the supporting cast that will have the biggest impact.
There is no other superstar in the history of the NBA that has utilised his supporting cast like LeBron James, but I believe this year, against these supremely confident Warriors, even he won’t be able to do enough. Steph Curry is playing basketball like nobody ever has before and is closing games with the same confidence and swag that only the likes of Jordan and Kobe possessed.
And with regards to the supporting cast…Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes, Marreese Speights and Leandro Barbosa vs. JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye and Tristan Thompson. I know which group I am picking.
I believe the Cavs will fall in love with the 3, to a fault, and nobody loves and is more clinical with the 3 more than the Warriors.
Warriors in 6. 4-2. You heard it here first.