Preview: The 2015 N.B.A Finals will be between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. Many people are favoring the Warriors but before we can jump into conclusions we must take a closer look.
How they got here?
Warriors: The Warriors faced a Pelicans squad in the first round that had little to no playoff experience. The Pelicans kept most games close only losing one by double digits thanks to Anthony Davis (31.5ppg 11.0rpg 3bpg) but the Warriors still defeated them in a clean sweep. In the second round, the Warriors faced a tough Grizzlies team who took a 2-1 lead on the Warriors. This helped the Warriors reach a new level of play, winning the next three games in a rout to advance to the conference finals. The Warriors faced a Rocket team that many were surprised to see they jumped out to a 3-0 lead despite a close call in game 2 (99-98) and coasted to a 5 game victory. They now have their toughest opponent yet led by Lebron James and a hobbled but still effective Kyrie Irving.
Cavs: The Cavs dismantled the Celtics in an unsurprising sweep. The Celtics young legs weren’t enough to keep up with the Cavs and most games were decided in the fourth quarter. After sweeping the Celtics, they faced their toughest challenge against Chicago. Thanks to Rose’s game winner the Bulls took a 2-1 lead. Lebron answered back with one of his own to knot the series at 2-2. The Bulls couldn’t respond after that with an inconsistent Rose being their downfall. The Cavs won the series 4-2 and faced the 60 win Hawks led by four All-Stars (Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague, AL Horford, Kyle Korver) and the N.B.A’s coach of the year (Mike Budenholzer). The Hawks seemed overmatched in every facet of the game and the Cavs swept them advancing to their second N.B.A Finals in franchise history, but still searching for their first title.
The Cavs are hobbled heading into the series and the Warriors are too good and too deep to lose now. This 67-Win Juggernaut led by Stephen Curry will host their first title in 40 years. I’ll give the Cavs a game, but the Warriors 46-3 record at home is too great to say they’ll lose with homecourt.
Warriors in 5
Series M.V.P: Stephen Curry