The NBA Finals match-up was FINALLY made official last night after the Cavaliers blew out the Celtics to close out the Eastern Conference Finals series. We all knew it was coming, it was no secret; it was just a matter of waiting 7 LONG months of watching 2 teams, playing in their own league, dominate the other 28 that thought they had a chance. In this post I will examine each team's top story line(s) and of course give you my prediction for what's set to be an epic end to the grueling NBA season.
The top story line here is LeBron's Legacy. LeBron James has come to the point of his career where just about every other week he will be setting accolades and new records to show off his greatness; Yesterday LeBron became the leader in all-time playoff scoring passing Michael Jordan. (Watch below - LeBron hit a three to secure the record.)
With his name all over the all-time books and having won 3 championships, his last being his most impressive, there's really one thing left for LeBron and that's to be the GOAT (Greatest of All Time). There's no arguing that LeBron's career has been spectacular and in my opinion he's cemented on my NBA Mount Rushmore. However, his biggest blemish has been and always will be his Finals record, coming in at (3-4) for his career, and pulling a Houdini in the 2011 NBA Finals. This year gives LeBron the perfect opportunity to make his blemishes disappear - coming off defeating a 73-win Golden State Warriors team after being down 3-1 last year, and now basically facing the same team that added a Superstar in Kevin Durant, gives LeBron perhaps the ultimate challenge he's had in his career. If LeBron James can bring another title home to The Land, then the argument for the GOAT is in serious contention. The question lies in LeBron's supporting cast, do they have what it takes to perform against Golden State?
Golden State Warriors
A lot of speculation is out there suggesting that Draymond Green lost the Finals for the Warriors last year after being suspended for kicking LeBron James in game 4 - it shifted the momentum to the Cavaliers after potentially being able to close out the series in 5 at home. As a result, the Warriors have been on a vengeance tour all season long, and they added Kevin Durant to help them along the way. The Warriors look determined for revenge, having dominated their competition this post-season boasting the largest point-differential in NBA Playoff history, all while having their two most important players, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, click on all cylinders. Could that domination hurt them though? This series against the Cavs is definitely going to cause match up problems (Because when doesn't Lebron cause matchup problems) and should go down to the wire more times than not, something the Warriors haven't really faced this season. Yet, that is why there was mutual interest - from GSW and KD - for Kevin Durant to join the Warriors, he saw a chance to fill a void [the Warriors had] and give them what they needed from Harrison Barnes last season. In addition Kevin Durant's legacy is also on the line, this will be his second journey to the promise land with his first trip resulting in a loss and LeBron's first title with the Miami Heat. Will we see the Warriors greatness come to fruition and win the tie-breaker against the Cavs?
In the image above, I laid out predictions for the entire playoffs the day before they actually started. Now they're just about complete with the only series remaining being the NBA Finals. When I made this bracket, I had the Warriors winning in 6 and I'm sticking to that prediction. I truly believe that the Warriors will prove too much for the Cavs; there are too many weapons on Golden State, and that combined with their determination to exact revenge for losing last year, will be enough to win the championship. Warriors in 6.
Check the NBA Finals schedule below.
Gathered from NBA.com
Schedule, dates, times, TV channels for NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Thursday, June 1, 9 p.m. ET: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors | ABC
Sunday, June 4, 8 p.m.: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors | ABC
Wednesday, June 7, 9 p.m.: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers | ABC
Friday, June 9, 9 p.m.: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers | ABC
*Monday, June 12, 9 p.m.: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors | ABC
*Thursday, June 15, 9 p.m.: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers | ABC
*Sunday, June 18, 8 p.m.: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors | ABC
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