(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (1) Cleveland Cavaliers: Warriors in 5
The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers in five games to win their second championship in three seasons. With the talent difference between the two teams, it was almost a foregone conclusion that the Warriors would win the championship. The Cavaliers have the LeBron James factor, which no other team in the league has. LeBron is the best player in the world, but even King James himself couldn’t overcome the Warriors onslaught. The Cavaliers have three stars: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love. The Warriors have four stars: Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. It’s basic math; four is greater than three. After two blowouts in Oakland, the Cavaliers returned home in a must-win game three. They dominated the majority of the game, but saw their lead slip away in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. The Warriors were able to steal game three and basically seal the championship. The Cavaliers made sure that the Warriors wouldn’t win the title on their own floor by dominating game four. The Cavaliers scored an NBA Finals record 49 points in the first quarter and 86 points by halftime. This was Golden State’s first and only loss in the postseason. They would return home in game five and win the title. Before the season started, many fans assumed it was a foregone conclusion that the Warriors would win the championship. This team has the makings of a potential dynasty. Kevin Durant was able to experience his first title, and if he decides to take less money and stay with the Warriors long-term, this team might win every championship until his play starts dwindling. That might be a number of years. It’ll be up to the Cavaliers and the rest of the NBA to find a way to knock the Warriors off of their throne. That’ll be easier said than done.