By: Kenny Doyle
The NBA playoffs this year have been the laughing stock of the sports world. The Cavaliers-Warriors finals matchup was deemed inevitable by almost everyone that followed the sport and the playoffs made it all the more embarrassing after the two teams combined for just one loss. Everyone has said the playoffs this year have been a joke, but they say there is a payoff. The NBA Finals matchup we all want to see.
The payoff for sitting through 1 and ½ months of bad playoff basketball is that we will be getting a great NBA Finals. The 3rd installment of Cavaliers-Warriors. The rubber match. The trilogy. Last year’s NBA Finals were one of the most legendary and this year is set to be another amazing battle. There’s only one problem. Last year’s NBA Finals games were awful..
It’s okay if you don’t remember. I wouldn’t blame you. I just remembered myself. It’s easy for things to cloud your memory. Cleveland coming back from down 3-1 in the series was one of the greatest comebacks in NBA history and game 7 was one of the best games in NBA history, maybe even THE best game, but the other 6? The other 6 were awful.
Last year’s NBA finals had 1 game, game 7, that was decided by single digits. All the other games were double digit wins. The average margin of victory in the first 3 games was 26 POINTS! These games were non-competitive and uninteresting. Before game 7 people were lamenting the series for being so uncompetitive. Some of these games weren’t even worth watching into the 4th quarter. We all remember game 7 of the NBA Finals and think last year was great, but it really wasn’t.
You shouldn’t go into this year's NBA Finals expecting anything special. By all accounts Cleveland is worse on defense than they were last year and Golden State is better on offense. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Warriors swept Cleveland. Golden State won 3 of the first 4 games in the series last year. Could Kevin Durant change that to 4 of the first 4 this year? Maybe.
Hopefully this year's finals are everything they’ve been hyped up to be, but if you’re going into this year's NBA Finals expecting to see competitive basketball you’re forgetting what we actually got last year. If this year’s NBA Finals games are amazing then it would go against what we saw last year for 6 of the 7 games. When these 2 teams played this season we had 1 good game in Cleveland on Christmas where Kyrie Irving hit the game winner. The other was a 35 point blowout. Which will we get in the NBA Finals? We’ll just have to wait and see.