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Sorry LeBron, The Golden State Warriors are Winning the NBA Finals in Five

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We are just a few short days from the end of the NBA season. We’ll get to the recap in the coming weeks, but for now let’s appreciate what we have:

A matchup between the best team in the league and the best team the shaky Eastern Conference could muster.



Ummmm, a matchup between the MVP and the most dominant player today.

Yeah, that’s better.

So what will happen?

The Warriors will win in five games.

There has been lots of discussion about this matchup. Let’s breakdown why I think the Warriors will take this relatively easily:

1. You don’t really think JR Smith will be a key contributor on a championship team, right?

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I mean, come oooooooon. He’s JR Smith!

If you’re rooting for the Cavs, you have to love that Earl’s best skill (scoring) is the one his team needs most. But you also have to hate that the Cavs will absolutely need him to score to have any shot.

I’d bet on a John Starks performance before a Vinnie Johnson one. All I’m sayin’.

2. Golden State is, like, really good.

I know they haven’t “been there before.” Somehow we sports fans got to a point where a team has to win before we think they can win.

That makes no sense.

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And yet, here we are.

The Warriors had the league’s best offense AND defense this season. They boast the MVP, and a coach who has shown that he’s capable of making adjustments to different kinds of teams. Where is the weakness for the Cavs to exploit?

3. On the flipside, the Cavs are very injured.

Of course the Cavs are still good, but without Kevin Love or a 100% healthy Kyrie Irving they are shifting too many important minutes to guys like Matthew Dellavedova and Iman Shumpert.

Those are guys you want to play 10-15 minutes a game in the playoffs. Not 22 (Dellavedova) or 35 (Shumpert) like the Cavs have been forced to do.

This would be a completely different series with a healthy squad on both sides.

But if Caitlyn Jenner had balls she’d be Bruce. Gotta play the hand you’re dealt.

4. The Warriors have fiddyleven guys to guard LeBron.

This is not to say any one of Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes will stop James. None of them will have to.

This IS to say that you’d rather have four viable options to guard James to keep a fresh(er) player on him throughout the game and give him different defensive looks.

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No matter what, LeBron will adjust. His brain is a basketball computer and he’s bigger and stronger than everyone. The Warriors have the guys to make him work, and that increases the chances that LeBron gets his numbers inefficiently…which is kind of all you can hope for.

And to those who say the Cavs have a shot because “LeBron is so great he’ll give the Cavs a shot.”

How did that help him last year as the Spurs were running through his Heat?

5. Stephen Curry.

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Nuff said.

That’s who I have and why. What about you? Do you think the Cavs have a shot? Will the Warriors win, but in a long series? Why?

Hit the comments and let me know!

Comment(18)

  1. I know Starks went out like the Game of Thrones Starks in game 7 in 94, but lets not act as if he wasnt COOKING up until that game. Now if youre saying he’d have a Game 7 worth of a series (JR Smith) then…. might could be right lol.

    I want to say the Cavs but my brain says warriors close out at home in game 6.

    1. Lol, yeah I was saying “we could remember this series for JR like we do for Starks.” No matter what Starks did UNTIL Game 7…that’s all anybody (outside NYC) thinks about when his name + playoffs comes up.

  2. I think this goes 7 to the Cavs in overtime at like the foul line. I think the Warriors have a deeper and healthier squad. They probably have a better coach as well. But I feel that if the Cavs can set a pace and out rebound the Warriors we really have a series. If the Warriors won I wouldn’t be too shocked, but damn I think Bron is motivated.

    1. I’d be happy for this to go 7 games. I don’t really have a rooting interest. Just can’t see it for Cleveland. Seems like you agree…although you went with Cleveland in 7, lol.

      The Warriors handling the Grizzlies relatively easily makes me think they’ll figure out how not to killed on the boards. Tristan Thompson has been Rodman-like for sure…but I think GS will figure that out.

      1. You can’t be Rodman from the perimeter. That’s exactly where Kerr is going to put Draymond to keep the lane relatively clear.

        1. The safe money is on GS, I think we all think Lebron has some super power he just might could unleash lol. I’m excited for tonight man.

  3. Harrison Barnes finally stepped up and he needs to keep that up should Green get into foul trouble. Warriors are just too good of a 2 way team. I agree w/ you, Warriors only giving up 1 and that 1 game will be close.

      1. Had he not taken that sophomore back-step thanks to time-sharing w. Iguodala, I think he might be up there w/ Kawhi in terms of 2-way young guys…w/ Kerr, he’s looked like Carolina Barnes…so I’m hype to see what he can do vs. Lebron

  4. I’ve been saying Warriors in five. Hell I said that at the end of the Memphis series. The best defensive back court in basketball shut that shit down…for two games. And then Steph proceeded to slice and dice them. If he can do that to them, Cleveland is done. Nobody on that team is anywhere near as good a defender as Conley and we won’t even bring up TA. Add to that the fact that if you switch the 1 and 2 defensively that leaves Kyrie on Klay Thompson. That will be where the slaughter really comes into play in this series. The only reason I give Cleveland a game is because Lebron will heat up at some point (probably game 3 at home) but I expect this to look eerily similar to last year’s finals.

    1. Yeah I wonder who Kyrie will guard. I kinda want to see him and Curry match up just so they can drop 50 on each other, lol.

      A big advantage for Golden State in my opinion is that you can hide Curry on Dellavedova or Shump way easier than you can hide Kyrie.

  5. Tough Call Joe. You analysis is very thought provoking and I can see your view points. I think your points are valid, but if Kyrie is healthy and Iman/JR can play the way they have been playing, I think the CAVS have a valid shot.
    In my opinion, I think Kyrie’s health and if Tristan Thompson will be a beast will determine who wins.

  6. Aint nooooo way GS getting it done in 5..This is going 7 games..I’m a Lebron fan so I’ll say the Cavs in 7..

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