An intriguing matchup awaits in the NBA finals
One of the greatest players of all time, against one of the greatest teams of all time.
Yes, Warriors-Cavs IV is boring. Like all good epics, this should have stayed a trilogy.
It’s not even going to be competitive. The Golden State Warriors are too good as a team, and LeBron James, as magnificent as he has been in dragging the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, isn’t enough to dethrone them. (Right?)
But there are still enough subplots to make the series interesting even if the games are all blowouts. Just how much can King James do? Can the Warriors stop getting in their own way? Will Kevin Durant blow off the criticism that his hero-ball is ruining what made the Warriors great? Can Steph Curry finally have a defining NBA Finals moment, a signature performance on the biggest stage at last?
The Warriors are going to win. There’s little reason to dispute that, even for the most die-hard of LeBron fans. But watching his one-man crusade against Steph, KD, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green is going to be fun, even if it ends up being fruitless.
Series prediction: Warriors, 4-2
Everyone’s expecting a sweep or a “gentleman’s sweep” by the Warriors, and there’s enough of a gap in all-around quality for that to happen. But the Warriors showed just enough vulnerability against the Rockets to give someone like James an opening. Plus, he’s going to play somewhere around 48 minutes a game, and that means time against the Warriors’ role players. Imagine the havoc he’s going to wreak on the likes of Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell.
It won’t be enough to pull off an epic, legacy-defining, GOAT-title-claiming Finals win, but enough to make the Warriors sweat.