Finally, a week later, the 2015 NBA Finals gets underway in Oakland tonight as LeBron James and Steph Curry go head to head.
Please, for the love of everything good in this world, don’t mess with me.
It’s been eight long days since the boys of The Association have treated us to world class basketball. Eight days since the Golden State Warriors finished off James Harden and the Houston Rockets, 104-90, in Game 5.
Over a week without ball, yet it is finally, just now, about to go down.
We know all the storylines (god knows we’ve had enough time to digest it all). LeBron James comes into the biggest stage for his fifth-straight season. He’s been beyond great, seemingly pushing his rag-tag group of misfits and clowns (here’s looking at you J.R. Smith) on the brink of greatness. Doing it, even, without a real head coach.
The detractors will surely bring up the disparity between the East and West. In any event, LeBron is up against it now.
Reigning MVP Steph Curry and his 67-win Warriors squad is not only more talented than the Cavs, they’re absolutely thrilling and dynamic. Paired with Klay Thompason, Curry enters the NBA Finals as the sure fire favorite to take home his first NBA Championship.
Ah, but this is why they play the game.
There’s a reason James has now entered a new level of greatness. It’s because of the outrageous thought that these Cleveland Cavaliers are already on the doorstep of the city’s first championship since the 1964 Browns. That, and the fact he no longer has Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh by his side anymore.
It seems these finals are now being pegged as the “great team” against the “great player who elevates everybody around him to unseen levels.”
Before you hop on the bandwagon and favor the “great team,” I’ll use the next few minutes of your life explaining why that might not be the best idea.
Here are 5 reasons LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will win the 2015 NBA Finals in six games: