Tonight at 9 pm the NBA Finals will finally begin after a full week layoff.
Excuse me if I'm not as excited as everybody else, but I just can't stand either one of these teams. I hate Lebron and don't want to see him win again, but I also do not want Kevin Durant to get rewarded for taking the easy way out and deciding to join a team that won 73 games last year. A team that he should've beaten in the playoffs, but decided to jump ship and start ring chasing before his 30th birthday.
It's a really Sophie's choice for Ole Dozo here. I haven't had a championship matchup made up of teams I can't stand this much since Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seahawks and Broncos.
We all knew this match-up was coming all year long which I think is horrible for the NBA. I know personally, it made this season less enjoyable as a fan for me. People will say thats how it's always been historically. That the NBA has always been like this forever because only a handful of teams have won Championships over the last 30 years, which is partly true. Since 1980 only 11 franchises have won an NBA championship, and four of them the 76ers (1983), Mavericks (2011), Warriors (2015), and Cavs (2016) only have one. (Obviously the Warriors or Cavs will get their 2nd this season) The means seven team: The Lakers, Celtics, Pistons, Bulls, Rockets, Spurs and Heat are responsible for 33 of the last 37 NBA champions (89%).
Compared to 17 different Super Bowl Champions in the NFL (Raiders, 49ers, Redskins, Bears, Giants, Broncos, Cowboys, Packers, Broncos, Rams, Ravens, Patriots, Buccaneers, Steelers, Colts, Saints, and Seahawks) and 20 different World Series Champions in Major League Baseball (Phillies, Dodgers, Cardinals, Orioles, Tigers, Royals, Mets, Twins, A's, Reds, Blue Jays, Braves, Yankees, Marlins, Diamondbacks, Angels, Red Sox, White Sox, Giants and Cubs) during that same time period.
But these last few seasons in the NBA have had little to no competition within conference, which makes the playoffs almost not matter. Even in the thrills of a game 7 win over the Wizards for my Celtics, you knew it was coming to a crashing halt next round vs the Cavs. The C's were the one seed, yet had they won the series it would've been one of the biggest upsets of my lifetime in the NBA.
At least when I was younger, there'd be at least 3 teams with a decent shot to come out of each conference. When I was middle school the Pistons and Heat had classic Conference Finals, In high school the Cavs, Celtics and Magic all had legitimate chances of winning the East every year. In the West it was sometimes a five team race. Those days are over.
This year you knew it was going to be the Cavs out of the East, unless Lebron died. That's not fun IMO. You knew there was nobody who would challenge the Warriors or Cavs. Maybe the Spurs, but once Kawhi went down, that dream was dead. It was pretty obvious in the playoffs that the NBA is basically a two team league as the Warriors haven't lost yet and the Cavs are a basket away from also being 12-0.
I'm excited of the prospect of the Finals being an excuse to hang out with some friends, but as for the winner, either way I'm gonna be butthurt.
Much like Super Bowl 48 between the Seahawks and Broncos this is a match-up where I wish it was possible for neither team to win. I didnt want Richard Sherman to win a Super Bowl, and I sure as hell didn't want Wes Welker who left the Pats to win with Peyton Manning. Here on one hand you have Lebron and Cleveland Cavaliers. It's no secret I hate Lebron, After all he was #1 my-top-5peopleyouhate.html. If I listed all the things wrong with him, this blog would be longer than War and Peace. So I'll save you from that.
Then there's the Golden State Warriors. For the most part I actually like them, they're a team of guys who weren't top 3 picks, who actually had to work to get where they are. Well, except for one guy, Kevin Durant. Yeah I used to be a big fan of his. I wanted KD to come to Boston why-kevin-durant-should-sign-with-the-celtics.html but knew it was a long shot. The fact that he left OKC who had a 3-1 lead on Golden State last year in the Western Conference Finals is such a bitch move that I think he should still be getting heat for. After Lebron's "Decision" I think it's the 2nd worst free agent move from a PR stand point of my lifetime. He's taking the easy way out, showing what people have believed his entire career that he's not a killer, he doesn't have that instinct. As Big Cat would say, he's a baby back bitch. Instead he just teamed up with the greatest team in regular season history, that would have won the title last year if Draymond Green could resist from kicking everybody.
Everybody is saying the Warriors are going to handle the Cavs which I think is insane. I had said Warriors in four after the Cavaliers dusted my C's, but that was more so me being pissed that the C's got absolutely emasculated by the Cavs. As much as I hate Lebron you cannot write him and Cavs off. They have a deeper bench than Golden State, and while they don't have 4 "super-stars" in the starting line-up, they do have 3, and Thompson and JR Smith are no slouches. I think Steve Kerr being out still is huge for the Cavs as well.
My prediction for the Finals are this. I think the Cavs find a way to get back to Cleveland 1-1. I think there will be a game in this series where the Warriors beat the Cavs by 25+. I think Kyrie will score close to 50 at least once and that the Cavs led by my least favorite athlete of all time, Lebron James find a way to beat the Warriors in 6. Now I'll probably be wrong, but if that means I'm mushing the Cavs then so be it.
Official DOL NBA Finals Prediction:
Cavaliers in 6.
Series MVP: Kyrie Irving.