After watching game 1 of the two conference finals there is no argument that can be formulated to disprove that the Warriors will soon be the 2018 Finals Champs. I chose them to win, but I knew in the beginning that anything is possible. Hell, the 73 win Warriors did blow a 3-1 lead. I thought maybe the Rockets would punch them in the mouth in game 1, right? Wrong.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are the most top heavy they have ever been. LeBron complained about it last year, and look at them now. LeBron is the greatest basketball player in the world, and no one is really arguing that. That doesn’t mean much though. Cleveland has surrounded him with role players and sharpshooters; which are ideal for his game. The problem is these particular role players have yet to sustain a high level of play throughout this entire season and into the post season. On top of that their defense is atrocious, and overall athleticism is not scaring anyone. LeBron makes them look amazing when they do execute. He puts food on their plate, and all they have to do is EAT. If they miss shots, and assignments, the Cavs barely even resemble a potential 8 seed. When opposing teams cut the head off the snake they look an awful lot like a lottery team. That emphasizes the polarity between LeBron and the remainder of the entire roster. Yes, Kevin Love is an all-star but until he sustains a high-level of play I cannot endorse him as being able to carry some of the load. It’s easy for teams to game-plan to shutdown LeBron and force the rest of his guys to beat you. Clearly much better odds than if you let him drop a 40 point triple double; which he still is capable of doing regardless. That’s just his greatness. The man is capable of that. If they make it to the finals their lack of team defense will make that obsolete.
Now take a look at the Warriors.
Best weapon on their roster? Kevin Durant. Who is he surrounded by? Hall of Famers & quality role-players, some who even epitomize their roles. At all times on the court he is with two other Hall of Fame offensive threats. You CAN’T load up on him. You CANNOT cut the head of this Warriors snake off. Try if you want, and one will grow right back in it’s place. Which do you prefer: Chef Curry’s special? A Klay Thompson highlight reel? What do you even do in this situation? Nothing! Just play with heart, and when you inevitably lose it won’t feel as bad. Lol. The Warriors won 73 games and then added the leagues BEST isolation player. He is literally up there in the “Who was the greatest offensive weapon of all-time?” conversation. He can do anything, make any shot, imposes his will in one-on-one matchups, and is downright scary as fuck. I’ve said all along that the Warriors were still Steph Curry’s team, but I think that is now up for debate. I know we haven’t seen Steph much lately due to injuries but dating back to last years playoffs they look a lot like KD’s team. I’ve NEVER endorsed KD, and never once accepted he was even comparable to LeBron James, but it’s time I stop being ignorant. Kevin Durant is next in line to the NBA crown IF and when LeBron begins to decline. As I type that I actually have this feeling that he has almost ripped the crown from James’ head. He is 29 years old, and I’m officially scared for the rest of the NBA. He is becoming more and more efficient, and his skill level is still rising. He hasn’t even peaked yet!
There is no game-plan to stop this team. No defense in the league is built to hold off 3 of the most lethal scorers in league history for 7 games. The Lakers, the Celtics, the Bulls, the Spurs, and now the Warriors. They have built a dynasty that will reign for years to come. I believe we will see more pay-cuts and their core making sacrifices to stay together. These guys are awesome, and this team is something else. Just sit back and enjoy the show!
Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six…
Is it possible? (I am just being a smart-ass, but you never know)