The NBA Finals are nearly upon us, and it’s time for the two best teams in basketball to face off for the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
The Golden State Warriors are back in the Finals for the fourth straight season, and they’re looking to dethrone the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third time in that span. Can LeBron James give Cleveland its second title in three years? Or will Kevin Durant and Steph Curry finally win another championship?
Here are five reasons why the __________ will win the 2018 NBA Finals.
The teams are set. The Eastern Conference Finals is set for a Game 7 and the Western Conference Finals did not disappoint, with a Game 7 of its own.
The __________ and the __________ will face off in the NBA Finals on Thursday night at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC. It’s a rematch of last year’s Finals, with Kevin Durant and the Warriors coming out on top in five games over LeBron James and the Cavaliers.
The Warriors come in as heavy favorites this time around, but the Cavs have been here before and won’t be intimidated by Golden State’s star power.
Here are five reasons Cleveland will knock off the Warriors once again to win their second straight title:
The 2018 NBA Finals are here, and they are a matchup between the __________ and the __________. The third straight year the two teams have met in the championship round, it’s a series that feels familiar but still compelling.
The previous two battles went seven games, with both teams winning on their home court. This year will be different, though. The __________ are going to win in five games.
Here are five reasons why:
• Reason 1: The Cavs just aren’t built for this kind of challenge
• Reason 2: LeBron James is awesome but the Cavs just aren’t good enough
• Reason 3: Andre Iguodala will return for Game 2, which is huge
• Reason 4: Draymond Green will be great for all five games
• Reason 5: Stephen Curry is just too good not to take over a game or two
With the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers set to square off in the NBA Finals for a fourth straight year, there are many subplots before the 2018 NBA Finals kicks off on Thursday.
One of those subplots is which team has the better chance to win it all.
The Warriors come in as the favorite, but that doesn’t mean this series will be a cakewalk. In fact, here are five reasons why the Cavaliers will win their second NBA title in three years.
The __________ are the best team in the NBA. They have been all season long, and they’ve shown it in the playoffs. They have the best record in the league, and they have been one of the best teams in the league for a few years now.
The __________ are one of the most talented teams in the NBA. They have a roster that is filled with All-Stars and players who can play at a high level on both ends of the court. The __________ also have a deep roster and can go 12 players deep without having much of a drop off. The __________ are also well coached and very experienced, which will help them in close games and tight situations.
The __________ are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. They can defend every position on the court and they have a lot of length that helps them defend opponents’ shots. The __________ are also a very good rebounding team that limits their opponents to just one shot per possession, which leads to fewer points for their opponents. The __________ also take care of the ball on offense, which helps them get good looks at the basket, which leads to more points for them.
The __________ are one of the best
The NBA Finals are upon us, and the matchup is as good as everyone was hoping for when the season started: the Golden State Warriors will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in a rubber match with the Larry O’Brien Trophy on the line.
There’s something special about a third straight year of this, something that makes it feel different than all of those other times when teams met in The Finals multiple years in a row – Celtics-Lakers in the ’80s and Bulls-Jazz in the ’90s. The reason is simple: this is unprecedented. No two teams have ever faced each other in three straight NBA Finals before.
The teams split their two previous meetings and both were epic series. The Cavs won in 2016 despite being down 3-1, which was the first time any team had come back from that deficit to win a title. Last year the Warriors won easily after Kevin Durant joined them, but even that series was memorable for Cleveland’s historic comeback from down 3-1 to force a Game 7.
This year we get to see whether LeBron James can lead his team to another upset over Golden State or if Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will finally get their revenge on King James and Co.
The Warriors set the tone for the whole series in Game 1. They didn’t just win, they whooped the Cavs by 22 points. LeBron James and company came in thinking they could beat Golden State, and if they didn’t think that, they did after Game 1.
That was the Warriors’ plan. They wanted to win Game 1 and let everyone know who the better team is. The Warriors don’t mind playing from behind, but they wanted to make sure they had the advantage against Cleveland in the NBA Finals 2018.
The Cavaliers are a good team and have a chance to win this series. I won’t be surprised if they do, but there are five reasons why I believe Golden State will capture its third title in four years and repeat as champions.