In the final moments of Game 5 in the NBA Finals, the Warriors players didn't look as excited as any other championship team I've ever seen. Outside of Kevin Durant being in shock, mostly everyone on the court looked as if they had expected this to happen, and it did. I could easily write this article in one sentence. The Golden State Warriors will win the NBA Finals because they are the Golden State Warriors. But we'll get a little more in depth than that.
After the championship, my friend Sam and I decided to go to the parade to see what was poppin'. It was pretty cool, Northern California getting together to celebrate another championship for Oakland . . . in the city of San Francisco. The Golden State Warriors recently announced that they will not be changing their name back to the San Francisco Warriors even after they move to SF. I get it, they are a global name now and they need to maintain that marketing aspect. I'm not so sure how the people of Oakland are going to take it, but I guess we'll see in a few years.
The Warriors took it easy for most of the season, and still had the third best record in the NBA and were the highest scoring team. Doing all this without Steph Curry for most of the season is still remarkable. To be able to maintain this high level of play for about 5 years now is unmatched among current teams in the NBA. Their first round matchup put them up against one of the best organizations in the San Antonio Spurs. With Kawhi Leonard chilling in New York while 41 year old Manu Ginobili and Lamarcus Aldrige were doing all they could to will their team to a single victory, the Warriors were just beginning to hit their stride.
Winning a playoff series in 5 games without the second best player in the world is incredible, and now that Curry is back I don't see how you stop this team. The New Orleans Pelicans will be doing all they can in this series just to not get swept. Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday have been great in the two games so far but they have still resulted in losses. The Pelicans give up the second most points per game in the NBA, but they are also the third highest scoring team. But if this series is going to be full of shootouts, you can't bet against the Warriors. The Warriors have the highest three point percentage thanks to Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and even Nick Young at times. Already being up 2-0 in the series the Warriors have no chance of losing 4 out of the next 6. They will win in 5 games and will have plenty of rest for the Western Conference Finals.
The Houston Rockets just lost their first home game of the playoffs to the Utah Jazz, but they will bounce back as they have all season and set themselves up with the matchup that we've all been waiting for. At full strength, these are by far the two best teams in the NBA. This will essentially be the real NBA Finals. They may be the two highest scoring teams, but they are both great on defense as well. The Warriors are 3rd in opponents field goal percentage and the Rockets are 6th in opponents points per game. But having the best defensive player in the world in Draymond Green is the difference maker in this series. Green can guard anyone on the floor from Chris Paul to Clint Capela, and his presence will make it tough on the Rockets.
It will come down to the play of the superstars from each team. James Harden has been the MVP from the beginning of the season until the end, and he is actually averaging more points per game in the playoffs than he did in the regular season. But Steph Curry will remind the world why he was the unanimous MVP just two years ago, and why he is the second best player in the world. The Rockets will disappoint and will prove all of the doubters right. The Warriors will continue their dominance in the West and will reach their 4th straight Finals after a crazy 7 games series.
Guess what y'all?? It's the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors for the championship! Again! Sorry peoples, but thats the only way it can happen. The Cavaliers have been terrible defensively all season, and the inexperienced roster will get cooked by the Warriors. With the lack of depth on this Warriors team, the rotations will be far fewer than they were in the regular season and their superstars will shine. But one bench player will dominate, as Andre Iguodala will do what he once did to the Cavaliers just three years ago. The Warriors lead the league in assists per game, and with the shooters they have, this will only be heightened against a bad defense in the Cavaliers.
Of course, Lebron will do what he does but once again it won't be enough. It'll pretty much be exactly the same as last year, Warriors will win in 5 games and absolutely nobody will be surprised and maybe the Warriors players will care even less. Steph Curry will finally get his Finals MVP and will solidify himself as one of the greatest point guards to ever play the game. Keep it lit Oakland, they're only gonna be here for a little while longer.
I once said that I thought a different point guard from Oakland was better than Steph, I had to admit I was wrong...
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