For the third consecutive season, we will see the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers meet in the NBA Finals.
This is the first time in NBA history that the same two teams have met in the Finals for three consecutive seasons, but we are here for it.
Let’s all be thankful and take a look at this year’s matchup.
Tyler: Warriors in four
Let’s think about this for a second; the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead last year. Everybody knows that. Had Draymond Green played in Game 5, I still say the Warriors win that game and close out the series. He’s suspended, and they lose. Andrew Bogut also goes out for the remainder of the Finals in this game. Andre Iguodala and Steph Curry both are playing through injuries, and it takes the Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead for LeBron and company to beat them.
The series before that, you might recall Kevin Durant and the Thunder, (my pick to win it all last year,) blew a 3-1 lead against the Warriors.
Fast forward to this season.
The Warriors acquire Kevin Durant. Many believe him to be the best scorer in league and one of the top three players in the world.
I don’t see a way the Cavaliers can beat this team. I just don’t.
The Warriors are quite possibly the greatest team we’ve ever seen assembled. It’s just that simple.
They are all unselfish, they have great scorers, and they have the best defense in the league. And while LeBron is the best player in the world, the Warriors are out for revenge this year. I do think the Cavs can win one, maybe two games, but I don’t think they can win four.
And with Kevin Durant still awaiting his first ring, he’s trying to get there in as few games as he possibly can, especially with LeBron on the other side.
Get the brooms out. Dubs in four.
Devin: Cavaliers in six
The Cavaliers quest for another championship is within reach. After steamrolling through the playoffs, they look ready to become the 12th team in NBA history to repeat as champions.
They’ve seemingly flipped the switch once the playoffs started and have looked like a completely different team; their defensive woes have vanished and the team is fully healthy.
LeBron is on a mission these playoffs coming in with the best playoff team he has had as a Cavalier as he is surrounded with better quality talent than what he had last season. They’ve added Kyle Korver and Deron Williams for these playoffs, and I believe those two will play a big factor in this series.
Korver is a premier 3-pt shooter and has to be respected on the offensive end, unlike last year having Matthew Dellevadova who made an impact defensively, but wasn’t a threat shooting. Williams can provide a veteran PG that’s not afraid of the big moment, along with keeping the offense moving when LeBron and Kyrie are on the bench.
Kevin Love is looking much more comfortable in his role with the team and is shooting 47% in the playoffs, while Kyrie is looking more like Uncle Drew as each game passes. Tristan Thompson has also looked like a man amongst boys on the boards.
LeBron is leading his team in every statistical category except for rebounds during this playoff run, and is averaging nearly a triple-double with 32 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. The King is on his way to making history having the highest average ppg in the playoffs passing Michael Jordan.
Most people are going with the Warriors in this series for a multitude of reasons, but LeBron will once again prove everyone wrong as the Cavs take it in six games.