The inevitable matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers is almost here. In what will be the third round between the two NBA heavy-weights, who each aim to add on to their already historic legacies, this could determine which team will be remembered in history.
The 2017 NBA season was really fun. It was full of storylines and broken records, keeping everyone distracted from the league’s big issue. The season was meaningless and most of the playoffs were meaningless, simply because the finals has already been set for months.
LeBron James is the best player in the world. His teams have had cake-walks to the Finals ever since he joined the Miami Heat in his infamous “decision” that changed the landscape of the eastern conference. This year was no different for the Cavaliers, regardless of the improvement from the Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, and Boston Celtics.
The Western Conference representative was locked into place on July 4th, 2016 when Kevin Durant used the Players’ Tribune to announce his choice to join the already historic Warriors. Not only did the addition of Durant give the Warriors a top talent to their already loaded roster, but it eliminated their one competitor out west.
The Warriors are peaking at a time where the San Antonio Spurs dynasty is finally showing signs of it’s close. There is no chance any team could beat this group four times out of seven.
All the other teams could do was play for third place. Fans were upset when Celtics’ general manager, Danny Ainge, refused to trade a large package for Jimmy Butler or Paul George at the deadline. It was the right move, cause even he knew neither player would make the difference.
All teams can do is wait, LeBron is 32 years old and has to slow down in the near future. For now, he remains the most dominant player in basketball since Michael Jordan during his best stretches. East teams have to set themselves up for the future, because for now, the east is occupied.
The Cavaliers were doubted coming into the post-season due to their struggles on the defensive side of the ball, even falling into the 2-seed and losing home-court advantage to the Celtics. This all happened before playoff LeBron debuted for the season.
In the regular season he coasts, preserving energy for June. Once the postseason begins, he flips the switch and becomes the most dominant player in sports. No one is prepared to take him down in the east, so for now, they wait.
Yes, the conference finals still need to be played before this matchup occurs, but that does not matter. The Cavaliers and Warriors are in a different class then their conference foes. Finally, after a year of anticipation, the real NBA season will begin, round 3 of the inevitable Cavaliers vs Warriors clash.