Just in case the Vegas Golden Knights throw a wrench into my recent championship-picking success, the Golden State Warriors have come to the rescue to give me — and basically anyone who has watched at least one game of basketball in their life — an absolute freebie. The only suspense is whether the Cleveland LeBrons, in their fourth straight Finals matchup with the mighty Warriors, will get swept. I will say no, only because it hasn’t happened to King James since his first foray back in 2007.
Still, is this really good for the NBA? In other years, it might be. You have the game’s best-ever player (yes, that is a given by now) against the resident dynasty. But the Cavaliers will be overmatched here, much as they were last year and in 2015 when they didn’t have Kyrie Irving for most of the series. Especially with the Warriors having to overcome a 3-2 deficit against a very strong Houston team, this feels as inevitable as ever.
I really think the Celtics would have had a better shot against the Warriors, being a team that has won twice at Oracle Arena under Brad Stevens and a pesky well-rounded group that would have made Golden State earn everything they get. Instead, LeBron is the only hope to carry the entire mediocre Cavs team around him on his back against a loaded outfit that isn’t ready to blow a second shot at a repeat.
As I mentioned above, I will go out on a mini-limb and say that the Cavs will avoid the sweep, but I can’t see them winning more than a game in this series. If it goes six, that wouldn’t be unheard of either, but it isn’t likely. Prediction: Warriors in 5.