The NBA season has come to an end, and it was quite an exciting finish. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers in a matchup for the ages, and as I predicted they managed to do it in only six games. I was thrilled by the play of both teams but what really caught my eye was the play of Lebron James. He showed that he is worthy of the title of best player in the NBA, but unfortunately he had to face off against the best team in the NBA. The Warriors won against all odds, as their staring lineup was absent of a tall center piece, and they managed to play their brand of basketball without worrying about what the analyst considered to be the most important aspect. I have said plenty of times, even within this blog, that I am not a big fan of basketball, but I think I may finally waver on that stance after watching this exciting series. Every moment of the every game during this NBA finals was exciting, I found myself glued to the screen as I watched the world’s best players on the leagues biggest stage. While the Cavaliers lost, they have much to look forward to next season, the team is young, talented, and hopefully still the home to Lebron James. If the Cavs can stay healthy and learn to play better as a squad, they will be championship contenders next year. The Warriors, a team full of young stars, managed to win this title, and based on their skills and fluidity they may become the NBA’s next dynasty. I am excited for the future of the NBA and I hope to see more teams emerge as championship competitors in the coming years.
The NBA finals starts tonight, in this evening’s game the Warriors will face off against the Cavaliers as they start a seven game series. Both teams are extremely talented but this game is highlighted by the presence of the league MVP, Stephen Curry, and the league’s former MVP and best player, Lebron James. The Cavaliers have been running on all cylinders this season, as the return of Lebron James has made this once terrible team a solid championship contender. Lebron is a unique basketball player, he is much faster and more athletic than players his size, and he has a basketball IQ that rivals the greatest players who ever graced the court. It would be hard for any team to face such a daunting task as neutralizing Lebron James, but I honestly think the Warriors have exactly what it takes to succeed. The Golden State Warriors are a team on a mission to disprove the doubters, they were the best team in the NBA this year, and they have the MVP, as well as one of the runner ups for the defensive player of the year award on their team, but they are still not recognized as the favorite to win. In each series the Warriors have played during the playoffs, television analysts gave reasons why they wouldn’t win. The Warriors are a team of shooters, they tend to play outside of the paint, and they don’t have a dominant big man, they basically lack what a “championship caliber” teams has, but they are primed to break the mold. Stephen Curry is a fantastic player, his skill set is not exactly unique, but the aptitude he has for the game makes him one of the best players I’ve ever seen. Curry has the ability to dribble the ball out of tight coverage, and shoot from anywhere on the court, unless the Cavaliers make Lebron guard Curry all game, they will have an difficult time winning this series. These games are going to be competitive, and both teams will be sure to play their hardest in order to take home the trophy, but I have to choose the Warriors to win in seven games. The Warriors have shown they are tough, and they play team basketball, every player on the team knows his place and they have been successful for it, I expect that this team solidarity will be the X-factor in the series and the Warriors will find a way to win a tough last game by a small margin. The teams are set and the starting whistle is about to be blown, I look forward to an exciting end to the NBA season and I hope to see the Warriors come out on top.
The NBA playoffs are underway, and it is finally time for the real season to begin. I have said before that I am not a big fan of professional basketball but the playoffs is the time when I find the season most watchable. In this post I will keep my predictions simple and just state my winners for each conference. In the west coast I have the Golden State Warriors winning, this team has it all, shooters, defensive studs, and a great coach. Steve Kerr has shocked the league by coming in as an overpaid first time coach, and taking the Warriors to the top of the league. The Warriors were a good team last year, but they have really stepped up to an elite team this year, and become the archetype for the perfect basketball franchise. My choice for the east is a bit more difficult, the teams in the east are good but any team can win in this wide open conference. The only team that really impressed me from the east is the Atlanta Hawks, however they have lost a large part of their defense with the season ending injury to Thabo Sefolosha. The Hawks were my late favorite to win the championship, but now I have the Hawks losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the eastern conference finals, since they no longer have the complete team needed to deal with the play of Lebron James. I believe the NBA finals will be competitive, but I can easily see the Warriors defeating the Cavaliers in five games. I am aware that many may find my prediction absurd, but if the Cavs get a chance to play a sixth game, they will win the finals in seven. Lebron James is just too good at coordinating an offense, and with the cache of talented veterans on the team, I am sure they would not go down without a legitimate fight. The teams are set and the playoffs have already begun, so far it looks like this will be one for the ages.