The NBA Finals is tied at two games a piece. The Golden State Warriors played like dog shit last night, festered up a comeback bid late in the 4th quarter, forced overtime and the downtrodden Cleveland Cavaliers squeaked out a win. Two observations:
— Two games into the Finals does not give any information about the rest of the series.
— If the Cavs were to somehow win this NBA Finals, even the most staunch LeBron James detractors would have to consider him in “greatest of all-time” discussions because this Cavs team (without Irving, Love and Varejao) is just a little bit better than that 2007 squad with Daniel Gibson, Larry Hughes, Drew Gooden and Donyell Marshall (wutdafuark?!)
So many people are yellin’, “It’s ah-uh series now!” That remains to be seen, but please, NBA fans, don’t hurry to rush to an opinion about this series, because let’s take a gander in the recent (15 years) past.
— Allen Iverson and the 2001 Philadelphia 76ers beat the Los Angeles Lakers in game one of that year’s Finals. The Lakers then went on to bend the Sixers over, winning the title in five games.
— The 2006 Dallas Mavericks were up 2-0 on the Miami Heat in that year’s Finals. People were ready to sign off on the Heat until — whoa! — the Heat won four games in a row to win their first title.
— The 2011 Dallas Mavericks/Miami Heat series saw the Heat up 2-1 after three games in the Finals, and nearly up 3-0 before the Mavs scored a close win. Yeah… the Mavs won three in a row when people were ready to shit on them.
— The 2012 Oklahoma City Thunder were up 1-0 against the Miami Heat and people were jacking their jerky. The Thunder didn’t win another game in that Finals.
— Just last year, the 2014 NBA Finals, after two games the Heat and the San Antonio Spurs were deadlocked at 1-1 and everybody, everywhere, on social media were sittin’ pretty on the idea that it was going to be a competitive Finals. The Spurs proceeded the blow the Heat out three games in a row to win the FInals.
Please stop taking rash observations.
If Kyrie Irving were playing, I’d be keen on the idea of a six or seven game series, but yeah… if you think that Aussie Matt Dellavedova is going to hold league MVP Stephen Curry to 2 of 15 from the arch again, then you better wake up and apologize for dreaming of that scenario.
The Cavs are not going to win the NBA Finals with Iman Shumpert (a guy that cares more about his shitty flat top than improving his overall game), JR Smith and Matt Dellavedova (the name sounds like he’d be a good CEO of a French onion dip company). They’ve become a formidable defensive front thanks to Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson, but….. offensively, they are underpowered. LeBron James is more of a giver than a taker; he defers. He’s having to score and be a bit of a ball hog, which isn’t his style.
Now, if the Cavs do miraculously win this Finals, regardless of how you feel about LeBron you would have to include him in “GOAT” talks. I wouldn’t bank on that happening, though.