Lebron, Steph and the NBA Finals Trilogy
For the first time in NBA history, the same two teams will play each other in the NBA Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will face each other for the third time in a row. Yet instead of accepting the two teams dominance, some complain this year’s playoffs have been boring and predictable.
While it is true that many observers predicted a Cavaliers-Warriors matchup before the season even started, this isn’t a bad thing for the NBA.
One of last year’s best television series was “The People vs. OJ Simpson.” This was a mini-series that revolved around the OJ Simpson murder trial from the 90’s. While it was an entertaining show with good acting, the ending was never in doubt. The viewers were already aware that OJ was going to be found not guilty. That fact didn’t take anything away from the series.
So the fact that the Warriors, who are 12-0 in this year’s playoffs, and the Cavaliers, who are 12-1, should not take away from this year’s playoffs.
Despite Lebron James saying that they aren’t, the Warriors versus the Cavaliers has turned into one of the better rivalries. Just listen to the Warriors Draymond Green.
That kind of animosity for another team has been missing in the NBA for quite some time now. It is just one reason why the Cavs-Warriors matchup is going to be a must-see.
One of the lasting images of last year’s NBA Finals was James’ chase down block.
However, one other image that fans loved was when James blocked one of Steph Curry’s shots and began talking trash to him.
The top two stars of the NBA talking trash to each other? Many viewers loved it as it was a throwback to the 80’s and 90’s when Magic Johnson and Larry Bird wanted to kill each other on the court, or when Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls had to nearly come to blows against the New York Knicks.
For the Cavaliers, James is arguably playing the best basketball of his career and Kyrie Irving is taking his game to another level.
As for the Warriors, Curry is healthy this year and Klay Thompson is still capable of going on a three-point shooting spree. Green is their heart and soul, and Kevin Durant is arguably the second best player in the NBA behind only James.
So let’s stop all the complaining about the playoffs and enjoy this year’s Finals.
Prediction: Warriors in six.