NBA Finals Prediction
The NBA Finals are set to begin tonight in the Bay Area with the Golden State Warriors hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers in a rematch of last year’s finals. This should be a great series between two teams that went through six games last year, with the Cavs managing to win two games without two of their big three stars. But now with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love healthy, Cleveland has their sights set on winning the championship this year. As for me, I went 10-4 throughout my playoff picks and I am ready to see what the NBA Finals has in store for us!
Golden State Warriors
Over in the Western Conference, the Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals after a great seven-game series with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Golden State fell down 3 games to 1 in the series and the team that won a record 73 games in the regular season was suddenly on the brink of elimination. But Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson led the way for the Warriors and helped to continue their season. The Warriors avoided the ultimate disappointing ending to a great season and now have a chance at a repeat. But the one thing I noticed in their conference finals series was the lack of bench players making a difference.
Last year and throughout the season, players like Festus Ezeli, Marreese Speights, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston made an impact and I don’t believe that the Warriors would have won the championship without their contributions. But in the series with the Thunder, these guys were missing most of the time. Even Andrew Bogut and Draymond Green, two huge pieces for the Warriors, disappeared at times. If the Golden State Warriors want to win another title, these players need to have their presence felt because I don’t think Curry and Thompson, no matter how good they are, can beat the Cavs on their own.
Cleveland advanced to the NBA Finals after eliminating Toronto in six games in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs dominated a large chunk of the first two games and then Toronto came back with two big wins at home. But Cleveland regained their focus and won the next two games to end the series and the Raptors season. They come into the NBA Finals looking to bring a major championship back to Cleveland for the first time since 1964 when the Browns won the NFL Championship.
To do this, the Cavaliers need every player on their roster to show up and contribute. But it starts at the top of the roster with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love. James managed to beat the Warriors twice in last year’s finals without Irving and Love, but I think to win it all, they have to be as good as they can be. With their help, I like tthe Cavs chances. But Cleveland also needs role players like J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, and Matthew Dellavedova to be a factor. Dellavedova especially may be called upon to pressure and defend Curry which may be crucial to slowing down the current MVP.
Overall, basketball fans are sure to have a great matchup. The Eastern Conference finals were a bit of a let down, but the Western Conference finals were about as beautiful and dramatic as basketball gets. And this series should be just as great. The easy pick to say that Golden State, after winning 73 games this season, will win another championship and cap off the greatest season in NBA history. But, I am a LeBron James fan and I am a fan of getting what you deserve. I think James has a lot to prove. He has a 2-4 record in the NBA Finals and there has been a lot of talk that he has been overshadowed by Curry. I think he has one more championship in him and I think this will be the one. And not only will he try to silence the doubters he has, but he will finally bring a championship to long-suffering fans of Cleveland. I know what it feels like to suffer and see every other team win but your team. And I predict that James and the rest of the Cavaliers will win the NBA Finals for themselves and for Cleveland.
Winner: Cleveland Cavaliers
Daryl Karpinski, Jr.