Beyond The Mic: Warriors Dominance Will Make For Disappointing NBA Finals

  • Beyond The Mic: Warriors Dominance Will Make For Disappointing NBA Finals

Beyond The Mic: Warriors Dominance Will Make For Disappointing NBA Finals

Its a bit odd though that the Cleveland Cavaliers, defending National Basketball Association champions, have been relegated as underdogs against the Golden State Warriors in the Finals series that starts on Friday (Manila time). Kevin Durant has 23 points and the Warriors are up 60-52 at halftime. In the five-game Boston series, Love shot 53.5 percent from three-point range and averaged almost 13 rebounds a game.

"You have that third player, definitely one of the top three players in this league, that can go get his own shot at anytime and that's what makes them more risky".

The Warriors (12-0) are the first team to enter The Finals without a playoff loss since the Lakers in 2001 (11-0).

Forcing LeBron and a depleted Cavs team to go up against MVP Stephen Curry and the Warriors, they would take a surprising 2-1 lead in the series.

And boy did they feel it, the Warriors lost by 15 and allowed LeBron and Kyrie to both score 41 points.

Win or lose in the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant will, too.

Whenever a team has the best player on the floor, they always have a good chance in the series.

LeBron James wanted to be with his family, to hug his wife and three kids back in Ohio. Golden State is a -240 series favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com with Cleveland at +200.

The Cavs and Warriors steamrolled their respective opponents en route to the Finals, setting up a matchup some are likening to the 1975 "Thrilla in Manila" - the third and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

Golden State have rattled off a record 12 straight post-season wins, keeping their flawless playoff run through three rounds.

Playing at Oracle Arena might give the Warriors a slight edge, but they have proven to be vulnerable at home.

When the Cavs tried to adjust in the third, the ball just found its way back outside to Curry and Durant and both torched them from behind the three-point line with a combined five in the frame.

With his two main players out for the Finals, James had to carry the load for the Cavs against the best team in the National Basketball Association.

For the record, I picked Cleveland at the start of the season primarily for two reasons.

The whole underdog thing is amusing to me, because yeah, at the end of the day we are defending our title. It will be a tough, hard-fought, back-and-forth series, but ultimately, Golden State's overall talent advantage will win out.

Curry is fully healthy this postseason and ready to reclaim that championship that got away last June as the Finals begin with Thursday's Game 1. The Warriors have won all but two of their games by double digits. The defending champs have made more threes and shot a better percentage from behind the arc than Golden State. That's the highest in history for a minimum of five playoff games. But the reigning champs have also ripped through this postseason with a 12-1 record going into the Finals.

The Cavaliers added a 3-point specialist in Korver, along with backup point guard Deron Williams and swingman Derrick Williams to the mix in hopes of giving James more offensive options around him.