Beyond The Mic: Warriors Dominance Will Make For Disappointing NBA Finals [Opinion]
After a month and a half of lopsided series and unenjoyable postseason basketball, the NBA Finals will finally tip off Thursday night.
While the NBA is hoping the Finals make up for the lackluster postseason preceding it, they shouldn't hold their breath.
Spoiler alert. The Golden State Warriors will win the NBA Finals in 5 games.
While LeBron James is the best basketball player on the planet, Cleveland's older roster cannot make enough 3 pointers or play good enough team defense to beat the Warriors 4 times in 7 games.
Add the Warriors hyper focus after blowing a 3-1 lead in the Finals a season ago, and a top 5 player in Kevin Durant, it's easy to see why Vegas oddsmakers have Golden State as a -260 favorite. (For those who don't gamble, -260 means if you bet $260 on the Warriors to win it all, you'll make $100 when they do)
Let's rewind one year when Golden State was up 3 games to 1 over the Cavs. Draymond Green got suspended for hitting LeBron in the groin area late in game 4 (Warriors won that night 108-97). Without Green in game 5, and then without center Andrew Bogut due to injury, the Cavaliers began their improbable comeback.
If Green doesn't get suspended, Golden State wins that series in 5 games.
Under that revision, what would the expectation be for this series? Golden State would've beaten Cleveland in the Finals two years in a row, by 6 games and then by 5. They then add Kevin Durant.
The expectation would be sweep.
As a consumer, I'm craving some form of postseason basketball to stimulate my interest. I'm not into lopsided games. It loses the drama.
When the NBA Finals tip off Thursday in Oakland, the drama will be dead. Golden State already killed it.