The Cavs had heart
, but they didn’t have Kevin Durant. To me, that’s what it boiled down to watching these NBA Finals. Yes, the Cavs probably should have won Game 3 in Cleveland (I was there, and I’m still sort of dumbfounded
that they didn’t win that game), but, if I’m being honest, I still think they lose the series 4-2 if that’s the case.
In fact, I think
if they played this series 10 times, the Warriors would win all 10. The fact that the Cavs were able to keep a few of these games close simply shows that they’re the second
best team in the NBA (as the Playoffs clearly showed). But they’re pretty far from the first. Without Durant, it’s a different story – as it was last year!
– but a Warriors team which won an NBA-record 73 games last year, added a player who seems to be playing better basketball than anyone on the planet at the moment – including, perhaps, LeBron James. How do you beat that? You don’t.
Which leads to the obvious follow-up: how on Earth does anyone compete with the Warriors next season? It will be fun
to watch the handful of teams that are close (and maybe the Lakers, who are not) try. Basically, it seems like everyone will try to raid the Clippers for parts – and the Clippers will try to leverage Steve Ballmer’s money to persuade other superstars that they’re more than happy to pay whatever luxury tax is necessary to win (though that didn’t ultimately work this year for the Cavs, of course).
LeBron is locked into the Cavs next season. But in two seasons, he’s a free agent once again. While he’s given no indication that he would leave Cleveland again
, the expectation seems to be building
that he will in order to try to have one last shot of building upon and extending his legacy – and such talk points to the now Magic Johnson-led Los Angeles Lakers, of course. So the Cavs may only have one more year to make a run… I like Kevin Love, but he looked awful last night. Just saying…
The Spurs are closer than their sweep by the Warriors would seem to indicate due to the Kawhi Leonard injury. But it still feels like they would need to add one more piece
… The Celtics, who were the second-best team in the East, have the number one overall pick…
Still, Vegas is Vegas for a reason
. The rest of the NBA may just have to hope Klay Thompson decided to take his talents elsewhere in a max deal in a couple years. Even then… What an insane team. I didn’t think it was likely, but when Durant was a reality, the result was as expected
Thanks for indulging the sports talk. Now a bunch of Apple links.