The NBA Finals are upon us and the teams have been determined. Once again, we will see the Golden State Warriors take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. For the fourth consecutive season, these two teams will have the shot to be crowned champions. LeBron James v. Kevin Durant. Which team will come out on top?
After beating the Celtics in 7 games the Cavaliers earned the right to play in the Finals and James is playing in his eighth straight Finals appearance. Obviously, the reason the Cavaliers got to this point is because of James. James is the key to the Cavaliers having any shot of beating the Warriors. He has to once again take his play to another level and almost will his team to a win. On top of that the only players on the Cavaliers to put up double-digit points in this postseason are Lebron and Love. So, this gives them two big scoring options, but can the rest of the team do enough to help them win? My last point about the Cavaliers is that almost a third of their roster is different from when the Warriors last saw them. Since their last regular season game, they have added George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson, and Larry Nance Jr. A bunch of new faces and a slew of new talents will be brought to the table when these teams start to play. We’ll have to see if it was enough.
As for the Warriors, they beat the Rockets in seven to advance to their fourth consecutive Finals. I think that the Warriors were lucky that Chris Paul didn’t play the last two games of the series or they might not be here, but that’s a topic for another day. The Warriors have some advantages too. First off, they have not only three double-digit scorers, but three players that score over 20 points per game. Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson have all put up big numbers this post season. Second, the Warriors have a great head coach in Steve Kerr and almost all of them have Finals experience. Not only Finals experience in general, but Finals experience against this very team. That might not seem like a big advantage, considering the Cavaliers have been here before as well, but most of the Warriors roster has been to this point before and they have beat the Cavaliers on this stage before. My third point for the Warriors is that they have an all-star starting line up and home court advantage. I’m curious how the Cavaliers plan to defend (and try to slow down) Curry, Thompson, and Durant all at once, while having to contending with Green on the other end as well. I know home court advantage might not mean very much, especially if you ask both the Celtics and Rockets, but the Warriors are 6-0 in Game 1 of the Finals when playing at home.
As we can see, both teams have played well and deserve to be here. Both have elite talent and then some. Unfortunately, there can only be one winner, and I think the Golden State Warriors have more talent then the Cavaliers can cover, and they will come out on top.
Prediction: Warriors in 6