NB: Cavaliers in 6. A large part of me believes that the Warriors will sweep the Cavs and go fo’ fo’ fo’ fo’. Golden State obviously just laid waste to the West after destroying the league all season. They employ not one, not two, not three, but FOUR star players, including the last three MVP Award Winners (Durant in 2014, Curry in 2015 and 2016). The Dubs also have a huge chip on their shoulder after blowing the Finals last year after winning 73 games. You can look at the 2014 Spurs and and 2012 Heat as prime examples of teams going back to the Finals and winning the year after losing. Vegas also has the Warriors as heavy favorites (-255) and they didn’t get to build fancy hotels all over town by being wrong about these things.
(1) Boston Celtics vs (2) Cleveland Cavaliers
Nick Bair: Cavs in 4. Screw the Celtics.
Quite literally the whole basketball world is picking the Warriors to beat the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. It seems preordained that Warriors-Cavs III will be the NBA Finals matchup. I’m here to tell you that won’t happen. We will either be seeing Spurs-Cavs II or, if God wants me die happy, Spurs-Wizards I. Here are the 13 Reasons Why the San Antonio Spurs will beat the Golden State Warriors.
(1) Boston Celtics vs (4) Washington Wizards
The NBA playoffs have arrived! The regular season was fantastic, but it’s finally time for the real games to start. We preview all of the first round matchups and make old bold predictions for who will move on to Round 2.
Wow. What a game, what a series, and what an NBA season. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the defending champion, record-setting 73 win Golden State Warriors. Here’s our reactions following an epic Game 7 including our winners, losers, and hottest takes.
Note from the author: It’s difficult to write about what should be a very intriguing Game 5 of the NBA Finals tomorrow between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors because we were collectively reminded again this weekend that sports remain a distant priority compared to the very real problems facing the world. The infuriating tragedy that took place in Orlando on Sunday morning is overwhelmingly hanging over my head and, I have to believe, burdening most of the country as we try to start our week. To ignore it, even to our small readership, would be disrespectful in the face of what is the worst mass shooting in this country’s history. Regardless of your political, religious, or other beliefs, that sort of pure hate should be universally derided and condemned, and everyone should lend their support to victim’s families, the injured, the Orlando community, and anyone in need. The kind of support shown by international fans Sunday is exactly why I believe sports have their place in the eventual healing process, as well. It is my hope, then, that it is not crass to go on and discuss Game 5, in the hopes it offers a small distraction.
Despite three blowouts so far (two in favor of the Warriors, one for Cleveland), and only Game 4 coming down to the end, it cannot be said that the NBA Finals lack drama, starting with personnel choices. Although our preview predicted Tyronn Lue would have a tough decision to make with Kevin Love, Harrison Barnes decided to help Lue out such that Love sat Game 3 with a concussion. The Cavs proceeded to demolish the Warriors in the first game in Cleveland. It’s too simplistic to say “Love out = Cleveland win” since there were a host of factors, but it certainly helped on the defensive end.