So this is it! The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are headed for an epic rematch that is going to be must watch television. One team will come away with the trophy and the glory, while the other team will have their faces replaced with millions of Crying Jordan faces. It's the greatest player in the world going against the greatest team in the world, should be fun.
The Cleveland Cavaliers ended the postseason with a 12-2 record, regardless of the level of competition that is still pretty amazing. They are playing their best basketball of the season at the perfect time. But even their highest level of play still may not be enough to beat the Warriors. Last year when these two teams met, Kevin Love was already ruled out due to an injury, and then in an overtime battle in Game 1 Kyrie Irving injured his knee and was ruled out for the rest of the postseason as well. Lebron James took it upon himself to carry his team in the series, only to fall short 4-2. But in the loss, Lebron led both teams in all major statistical categories, averaging 35.8 points per game, 13.5 rebounds, and 8.8 assists. Those numbers are better than video game numbers, they are a little bit unbelievable every time I look at them honestly. But a loss is a loss, and the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the better team plain and simple. So looking at this season, we see a much improved team with the addition of veterans who are hungry for the title. They also have a new coach in Ty Lue who has done his job, which is to give motivational speeches and pretty much let Lebron run all basketball operations. The Cavs are healthy this time and they have shot the lights out from the three-point line, even breaking a couple records on their way here. Channing Frye, who was a middle of the season acquisition, has had some clutch moments and has been a huge spark off of the bench. Richard Jefferson can still dunk the basketball, which is something I thought I wouldn't be saying in the year 2016. Iman Shumpert, Timofey Mozgov, and Matthew Dellavadova are going to have to match up against one of the best benches I've ever seen. The key for the Cavs is having Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving maintain their high level of play that they've shown in these playoffs. If they can continue to handle the load on offense, they should be able to give the Warriors a tough series which is something we would all love to see. Lebron will still be Lebron and he'll probably have some insane numbers, and he'll also have a couple moment where we're all like "OH GET UP YOU BIG CRY BABY!" But that is Lebron, and that is why we love to watch him.
The Golden State Warriors just got out of one of the greatest series the league has seen in a long time. They got down 3-1 in a series against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the media wrote them off as if being down 3-1 in a series meant that the series was over. Don't listen to those media guys, they usually don't know what they're talking about. Anyways, the Warriors did the "improbable" and came back from that "insurmountable" series deficit and shot the lights out like only they can on their way to a tough and beautiful series victory. I don't really consider you a real basketball fan if you have anything negative to say about that series. This series was really a microcosm of what the Warriors have been the last two seasons. They have somehow been written off time and time again as if they aren't one of the greatest teams to ever set foot on the court, and that doubt only makes them stronger, and just when you think they can't do anymore amazing things THEY DO more amazing things. So heading into this Finals the Warriors are the favorites, but I'm sure after the Cavs win 2 games the media will think its over and the Warriors are finished. Like I said, don't listen to those guys. Klay Thompson has played like a man destined for greatness, he has not been afraid of any moment and he has let that thing fly. Steph Curry didn't play the way we're used to seeing him play, but when everything is on the line we will see him perform like the unanimous MVP. I believe (please correct me if I'm wrong) Draymond Green is one technical foul away from being suspended for a game, and I don't think anyone wants to see a Finals game without him. The passion these guys bring to the court every night is inspirational, and it makes me want to be better at whatever I do. Sure, you may not have Klay's magnificent shooting form, but you might be the best at whatever it is that you do. And just like "Steph gonna Steph," remember that "You gonna You" like only YOU can.
So this matchup has had me going back and forth. Since the Cavs lost the Finals last year, I've been picking them to win the title this year. So because I am a man of my word, I can't really go back now right? It truly is a matchup of basketball titans in this one, and no matter the outcome, I think we all need to enjoy this series for what it will be. There's only a maximum of 7 games left, so soak it in because after this its baseball (yay). Ok, so my brain (which is usually smarter than my heart) is telling me to pick the Warriors in 7 games. But I got too much heart and belief, I can't help it, it's just a part of my DNA. So I'm picking the Cavs to avenge their Finals loss from last year, and they're going to do it in front of their fans in Cleveland finally.
Cleveland Cavaliers in 6 games.
Just a man trying to make the most of his time on this planet.