The NBA Finals begin tonight, finally! These playoffs have been a huge disappointment as very few series have been competitive. The Boston-Washington series has so far been the best, going the full seven. The Clippers and Jazz went 7, but nobody cared. Plus that game 7 was a complete dud.
Hopefully in a couple years the Bucks will be able to reach the finals behind Giannis, Parker, Thon and whatever other pieces they add over the next couple of years. I hope, hope is a good thing…
These playoffs have sucked, but we are getting the best possible matchup with two teams that walked through their conferences. Golden State is undefeated in these playoffs, Cleveland lost once in a game they were up 21 at half. They got bored. So have we.
The majority of what I have heard from radio idiots and sports "experts" is a sweep by Golden State or Golden State in 5. These folks think Golden State is the much better team but think it is possible Lebron can steal one game. Some of these same people argue Lebron has surpassed Jordan and Jordan in his prime was un-sweepable. So a sweep would be a pretty big problem in the case of Lebron over Jordan. Forever.
This series will come down to one player for each team, Klay Thompson and Tristan Thompson. If Klay gets hot and is putting in 25+ points a game then I would have to agree with a fairly quick Warriors triumph. Klay as a 3rd or 4th option is too tough to focus on, he has struggled throughout these playoffs so it is not a given that he will go off. But in Tristan Thompson and the Cavs are able to play bully ball…
If Klay does NOT go off, and plays relatively average, lets say under 20 points per game, I like the Cavs. If you combine both teams and had to pick 1 team the first player drafted would be Lebron, second and third would be Durant and Curry, the 4th would be Kyrie. The top 4 seems pretty clear. After that it comes down to players like Love, Draymond and Klay. I am not sure the next pick is as clear as a lot of people think as there is more of an argument for Love due to his shooting and rebounding but even if both Warriors go first then the next pick would be Love.
The last pick would be Tristan Thompson, the Cavs x factor. I do not think the Warriors have an answer for a rim crasher like Thompson. Draymond will be too busy guarding Lebron or Love, leaving Thompson unchecked on the offensive glass. That is the series, the Warriors shooting and ability to force turnovers, which they are massively underrated at, vs the Cavs ability to play bully ball and dominate the glass.
Three of the cavs best and most important players are Lebron, Love and Thompson, these are 3 physical guys that will attack and protect the rim. Of the warriors best and most important only Draymond and Durant will attack and protect the rim. If the Cavs can establish bully ball they can certainly win this series.
My pick is the Cavs to win game one, and the entire series in 7.