Beyond The Mic: Warriors Dominance Will Make For Disappointing NBA Finals
Jun 04 2017 by Dustin Murphy
"Following in the footsteps of Stephen Curry's rise to stardom and then LeBron James" legendary comeback down 3-1 will no doubt be hard, but these powerhouses have enough fireworks to put on a championship-worthy show one moretime. If you listened to the experts this week, who were chatting up about the National Hockey League and NBA finals on SportSXRadio (airs on AM 720 KDWN 7-9 pm PST) you already know the reasons.
Van Gundy said Love is the X-factor for the Cavaliers, while saying defensive reserve forward Andre Igoudala is the same for the Warriors.
"It looks like the "rubber match" storyline is driving interest". On top of his versatility and defense that is so important to Golden State, he's shooting 47 percent from 3-point range in the postseason, tops on a team that has some of the best perimeter shooters in the world. The Warriors are 0-5-1 ATS in their last six home games after back-to-back road games, but over the longer term they are 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 home games when they were favored by 6.0 to 9.0 points. The Golden State Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oa. So, whether he returns to coach during this year's NBAFinals against the Cavaliers or not, he told Tim Kawakami of The Mercury News that he thinks the team will be just fine.
National Basketball Association 2K17 has the Golden State Warriors defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in a series that goes the full seven games.
- The Warriors reached the NBA Finals by becoming the first team to ever go 12-0 through the first three rounds of the playoffs.
So here we are again. Frankly, the NBA's regular season was nearly a waste of time. But the overall average asking price for NBA Finals games held in Cleveland is down this year, though, to $1,248, compared to $1,362 in 2016 and $1,559 in 2015.
Perhaps most noteworthy, it gives Durant the chance at a first championship and validation for his decision to leave the Thunder and join the leagues latest super team.
"I feel good about our chances", LeBron James said this week.
Van Gundy, who will broadcast his 11th NBA Finals for ABC, agrees with the Las Vegas oddsmakers the Warriors should be "prohibitive favorites" to beat the Cavaliers in their trilogy showdown that starts Thursday.
James, who is 3-4 in finals appearances, uses Jordan's feats as a measuring stick to motivate his own bid to become legendary. If anyone felt that way they were wrong on two counts: 1) James does not want to be the head coach, and he is very coachable, and 2) Lue, though young and small in stature is a demanding bulldog of a coach. That's the highest in history for a minimum of five playoff games.
It feels like it's been months since we've watched a basketball game. No team has finished a postseason unbeaten. The Warriors come in averaging in 118 points per game, while the Cavs have averaged 115 points per game through the playoffs.