For NBA conspiracy mongers, take a seat. You can dream up something new in the off-season for next year because The Finals are about to wrap up in four games, which means they are not fixed.
When Cleveland, coach Tyronn Lue, and LeBron James, in particular, look back at this series, they will know what it feels like to be their first-round opponents in the Eastern Conference. In The Finals, the Cavaliers had every opportunity to win Games 1 and 3 and failed to do so.
If you think about James’s time in either Cleveland or Miami, how often were teams competitive for two or three contests, but they ultimately lost in four or five games because they just were not good enough. This is precisely what happened to the Cavaliers in this series and their fate awaits them.
The NBA odds for Game 4 opened with Golden State as a 5.5-point road favorite and they had tumbled to -4.5 by Thursday morning. The Swinging Johnson’s of the world will say Cleveland doesn’t want to be swept and will play with a lot of pride, blah, blah, blah. That might have been true against San Antonio and New Orleans earlier in the playoffs, but now with a chance to win another title, right now, why would the Warriors and all that talent want to wait until Monday? In the immortal words of Larry the Cable Guy, it’s time for Golden State to “Get-R-Done!”
In a previous article I wrote here, I talked about Kevin Durant was the difference in last year’s finals and he’s performing similar feats this year against a weaker Cavs crew. LeBron James is the best player of this generation, but he cannot do it alone.
After losing to Cleveland in the Finals two years ago, Golden State realized their three best players and the Cavaliers top trio only gave them a small advantage and if they wanted real greatness, they had to tilt the odds in their favor. That is precisely what KD has done.