Two Games Into the NBA Finals…Will the Cavs or Warriors Win it All?
We’re eight quarters and two overtimes into a surprisingly (for me anyway) competitive NBA Finals, and I’m at a crossroads.
Hardly anything has gone how I predicted.
The Warriors can’t shoot.
The Cavs took a game in Oakland.
Stephen Curry is airballing game winners.
LeBron James is carrying the Cavs (which I predicted) and it’s WORKING (didn’t see that coming).
There is a mountain of evidence to suggest that this will continue to be a closely contested series, but I remain firm:
The Warriors will STILL win in five games.
I can’t claim to be as confident as I was a week ago (week ago), but here’s why:
Steve Kerr will adjust –
I gained a lot of respect for Kerr as a coach throughout the season.
Even before that, I gained a ton of respect for him when he took the Warriors job over the Knicks offer before the season started. (LOL Knicks)
But since then, we’ve seen him craft an offense to match the strong defense he inherited. He’s found a way to make Harrison Barnes a contributing NBA player. AND he’s made bold decisions like benching David Lee (the team’s highest paid player) and using Andrew Bogut to guard Tony Allen during the series against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The man can coach and he’ll find a way to unlock the offense.
Neither team shot well in Game 2…I trust the Warriors to figure it out –
Quiet as it’s kept, Sunday’s game was entertaining as hell, but not really good. The Warriors and Cavs shot 40 and 32(!!!) percent in Game 2 respectively. That’s terrible, and if this game were played in January, we’d have said it called it what it was: sloppy, choppy, and generally “meh” until the end.
Looking at both rosters, you have to think the Warriors are much more likely to find their offense before Cleveland. They have shooters galore, and I trust at least a couple of them to get hot. In a series this close, that could blow things open.
Matthew Dellavedova is who we think he is –
The Australian played great on defense on Curry Sunday. Can’t do anything but credit him for his performance.
HOW-E-VAH (Stephen A. Smith voice) he’s still a backup guard playing major minutes in the NBA Finals.
I realize the Cavaliers are forced into starting Dellavedova due to Kyrie Irving’s injury, but there’s no way he’s any kind of “Curry Stopper”. That’s insane.
Remember last year –
We’ve seen this script before.
Last year, we remember the San Antonio Spurs absolutely destroying LeBron’s Miami Heat in five games.
But before that, the Spurs won Game 1 at home when the air conditioning mysteriously failed before losing Game 2. We were saying the exact same things as this season:
“The Heat should be up 2-0.”
“LeBron won’t be denied at home.”
Instead, the better team won and the Heat were hapless by the end.
I’m riding with history on this one. The better team beats the better individual almost every time in sports.
I know LeBron is one of the all-time greats, but not even he can pull this one off.
That’s how I see it…how about you? Who’d you pick before the series? Has your pick changed after seeing Games 1 and 2?
Hit the comments and let me know!