LeBron versus Steph, KD versus Kyrie, Kevin Love vs Klay, Thompson and a whole host of other super talented players square off in the third straight finals matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors won 2 years ago in 6 and the Cavs won last year in 7.
Many are calling LeBron the greatest player ever. I might agree with that assessment. He's a 3 time NBA champion (2012, 2013, 2016), a 3 time NBA Finals MVP (2012, 2013, 2016) and a 4 time NBA Most Valuable Player (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013). He's also a 13 time NBA All Star, and has scored more points than any other player in NBA playoffs history. Some really incredible stuff there. So, yes, that could very well be the case when his career is done. But his resume is still incomplete. He has a lot more basketball left to play. He loves the game, and wants to be the best ever. I'd say he's made a pretty good case up to this point. There's still MIchael Jordan, but that's a while ago now and almost a distant memory. The NBA is all about today's stars and LeBron is the greatest right now. The greatest ever? Yes, when his career is done. But he's got a long ways to go with his passion for the game and his drive to be the best ever.
The Warriors have gone 12-0 in these playoffs. I predicted San Antonio to beat them in the semifinals before the season started and the Spurs were looking pretty good in the first game at Golden State leading by 23 in the third quarter, but then disaster struck as Kawhi Leonard, one of the top 5 players in the league along with LeBron, Steph, KD and Kyrie, hurt his ankle badly coming down from a jump shot and the Spurs were sunk. The Warriors really haven't been challenged in the playoffs. The Cavs have gone 12-1, so they've been equally stellar.
This Warriors team is a juggernaut with their 3 superstars in Curry, Durant and Klay Thompson, and a true warrior in Draymond Green. They also have a host of other talented players. Golden State has the home court advantage, which is always huge. But I not only like LeBron in these ultra pressurized, clutch situations, I also am really bullish on Kyrie Irving. He's spectacular. Kevin Love is an excellent compliment to those two superstars with his scoring and his rebounding ability. I'm going to go against the consensus here, and go with the team who my man Spike picked before the season started. LeBron gets ring number 4 and the Cavs take home the Lawrence O'Brien Trophy. LeBron gets his fourth Finals MVP award as well.
Cavs in 7