By Charles Glover, Jr.
The NBA Finals are set to begin Thursday June 4, with league MVP Stephen Curry and his Golden State Warriors (67 – 15) hosting LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers (53 – 29). While the Warriors had the best record in the NBA this regular season, the Cavaliers have had the best record so far in this postseason, losing only twice. The Warriors are looking to end a 40-year NBA championship drought, while the Cavaliers are looking for the organization’s first title.
The Warriors enter the NBA Finals as the favorites due to their strong regular season performance, an MVP season from their best player, and a strong postseason run of their own. Curry receives the bulk of the attention as his star power continues to rise this season, but the Warriors are a balanced team with veteran players who hope to cash in on this championship opportunity. There is no doubt that the Cavaliers game plan will center around slowing down Curry and Klay Thompson. The Warriors and first- year head coach Steve Kerr will spend the upcoming week preparing to counter defensive strategies against their stars.
The Cavaliers will be the underdogs in the NBA Finals but LeBron James is expected to be the difference maker if the team is to overcome the challenge. James is making his 6th NBA Finals appearance, 5th consecutive, and is anxious to bring a championship to Cleveland. NBA rookie head coach David Blatt has had to make numerous adjustments due to a myriad of injuries to key contributors this postseason. Blatt admits, “It’s a lot easier having James on your team.”
The Cavaliers aren’t the only ones dealing with injury concerns. Curry suffered a nasty fall in game 4, landing on his head, which required testing for a concussion. In game 5, Klay Thompson received an accidental knee to the face and suffered a concussion as the team closed out the Houston Rockets. The Warriors will take full advantage of the week off to let their stars recuperate. The Warriors will have to continue being an efficient shooting team, showing intensity on defense if they are to be victorious in the Finals.
Kyrie Irving will also benefit from the week-long break, as he had to miss games this postseason due to knee and ankle injuries. The Cavaliers have seen mid-season acquisitions J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, and Timothy Mosgov contribute to the team’s success this playoff season. Tristan Thompson and Matthew Delavadova have also been key in the Cavaliers’ victories so far. James will have to continue playing at an exceptionally high level since most of his teammates are making their first NBA Finals appearance.
The NBA Finals looks to be exciting as both teams play at a fast pace and have players with the ability to have huge performances. OnPointPress.net’s editorial director is picking the Warriors to win the NBA Finals with Curry being the Finals MVP, calling the Warriors “the team of destiny.”
This writer is picking the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their first NBA championship and LeBron James to win his third NBA Finals trophy. Either way, the NBA Finals should be compelling.
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Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a licensed insurance agent with HealthMarkets. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com.