By Will Stevenson
Remember when Shaun Livingston was going to be the Finals MVP? I Digress… No I don’t. Warriors in 4. Warriors in 5. What happened to that? Lebron’s jumper is broke. Curry is king. Cavs NEED Kevin Love. Blah. Blah. Blah. And this is why I love sports… Opinions get obliterated every day …. Now I digress.
So here we are. Game 7. Everything we have ever wanted in sports; no ties, no maybes, no judges, none of that… Just one winner and one loser. On one side you have the self-proclaimed “King”, Mr. Do It All himself Lebron James, searching for that elusive title Cleveland has been believing for over 60 years. And on the other, the newly anointed King of the NBA, Steph Curry.
Has this series been good? Basketball wise? I mean, as an NBA Finals series, this has been the most noncompetitive in blowouts since the Spurs vs Nets (ew), but somehow both teams have scored the same exact number of points in the series. Now most of these games have been close for a half at the least, but honestly, this has not been a well played series, it only has the extracurricular that keep us fascinated.
I’m excited, I don’t have a rooting interest per say, although I would like to see Lebron win another one just to have folks pipe down about the Jordan comparisons, but I know in truth that will never cease. I would also like to see them come back and win the series after we all buried them during that Game 4 loss.
But If Lebron wins, then what? Are we really going to crown the King once again? Are we really going to hail the Cavs as the best team in the NBA? Or will we dilute them once again by piling on the Warriors for choking (we’ll get to that later) and continue this nonsense about how Lebron is not on Jordan’s level and he only has 3 rings? We will do the latter. And why would we do the latter? BECAUSE THAT IS HOW WE ARE TRAINED! We are not about to sit up here and give Cleveland all the props for winning this series, we will chop them down one by one.
- Draymond’s Game 5 suspension
- Warriors not hitting shots
- Bogut’s knee injury
- Iggy’s back injury
- Lebron is not Jordan
- Where will Kevin Love be next year
- Is Curry a one-hit wonder
- Skip Bayless
It’s what we do. We have more fun and create more storylines by talking about who failed, rather than who succeeded. Lebron just posted back to back 41 point games, but all we are talking about is everything but his performance. It’s commonplace by now, but whatever… I’ll keep writing.
The Warriors. Let’s see… You were up 3-1. You were going back home to close out the Cavs. But wait, Draymond went Nut-Hunting again. You have lost it, up to this point. Your defense is shabby, rotations are terrible, and your one on one defense has suffered. Playing the death lineup is awesome because it’s a lineup, a 85 mph curveball. But when you have to play the majority of the game with that lineup, it’s now a 82 mph fastball. You’re the pitcher in Major League 2, all you have is the soft stuff. There is hope yet. You have the home crowd, Game 7, numbers and Vegas on your side. Maybe a 22-7 start in the first quarter with a couple of 3s may do the trick. Remember Celtics vs Lakers in 08? That was a drubbing from the word go. Maybe The Splash Brothers splash again. Maybe Iggy’s back holds up and he can guard Lebron well enough. Maybe the bench has an outburst. Or maybe the Warriors do what they’ve done this series, be unpredictable. Is karma actually going to come to the Warriors with this choke job? I can’t even believe it for myself.
This series was over, done and forgotten as we would have clowned the Cavs, crowned the Warriors, and moved on the the Ben Simmons draft and “Where’s Kevin Durant going to go”? I mean, my “It was all good just a week ago” was done for the Thunder as they lost in 7 after going up 3-1 on the Warriors. Will I have to do it again?
I’m betting big on Lebron. Logic tells me the Warriors will win, but my pockets are telling me to go with the Cavs. I’m just focused on the points man. (All puns intended).