We’re Healthy, and They’re Worse … or Are They?
This is what Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert paid for. This is what Cavs GM David Griffin planned for. This is what LeBron James came home for. This is what David Blatt was fired for. The Cavaliers have a chance to win a major sports championship for Cleveland, the first ever in our lifetimes. Only be-caned codgers really remember when the Browns won in 1964. We, the die-hard Cleveland sports fans, have waited a long, long time for this day.
So, what kind of series can we expect against Golden State? How do we really match up against them? The first thing to remember is that the regular season is meaningless. In two games, the Cavaliers lost to this team. I doubt that is going to happen in this series.
Watching the Cavaliers advance, with barely a hiccup, it seems obvious that The Big Three of Love, Kyrie Irving, and The King are a perfect trio to oppose the Splash Brothers. We have size, length, strength, and the ability to finish at the hoop. At least I hope Love does. He has had trouble with that, but I see him ending those troubles in the paint in this series.
Watching the Warriors advance, with many hiccups, I saw a team that has trouble taking care of the ball, plays great team defense, and has two great guards who can both create their own shots and also hit from long distance. We have better defenders than any opponent they’ve seen in J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert. LeBron can also lock down Clay Thompson at need.
I see Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith as the true difference-makers. These role players will get the Cavs extra possessions, and add some scoring and great defense. I don’t think the Warriors have an answer for them.
Most of all, I don’t believe that Golden State will be able to stop LeBron James. This is his time. It’s his last series with all of his tools intact. I don’t see his game being quite the same next year. Time is short. It is time to take back greatness for Cleveland, and he knows it. Watch him elevate his game. It’s going to be an experience.
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