Thank You David Griffin for trying everything in last 3 years to position Cavaliers as legitimate title contenders. Great trades and much required change in Head Coach position and working well with Front Office and most importantly with players.
3 Final appearances
1 Great Team
Best of Luck! We miss you!
Finals are finally over in 5 games and Kevin Durant finally got his wish fulfilled with a Championship Ring! Warriors dominated in Game 1 and Game 2 with home court advantage and superb coordination between Curry and Durant.
Game 3 at Cavs Home Court a different story. In the closing minutes of the game (2 minutes), Cavs completely lost their composure and turned the ball at least 4 times. These costly turn overs ended up as scoring opportunities for Warriors. If this game was won by Cavs, we may be talking about Game 6.
Overall Cavs performance in season is little shaky at time but still managed to get 2nd seed. In Playoffs they are a different team and flawless. If we take Durant out of Warriors equation it will be different story in 2016-17 NBA Finals.
Is NBA promoting or encouraging Super Teams? Looks like this will be a new trend setting in. I need a ring culture seem to seep into NBA. Players who achieved almost everything in their NBA careers, financially and fame but without a single championship ring can now confidently look forward for their best chance to win a Championship by joining a team with best chances. Ultimately every player in NBA wants a championship ring when they are in their prime. For most players in this category, in my opinion, West teams will be their best bet!
Cavs will definitely looking at a new roster next season and it won't be a surprise if they sign up some star players like too. Tristan was not his 100% best in Finals and it is same with Kyrie as well! LeBron will take another shot at appearing in record setting Finals appearances. He fulfilled his promise last year and nothing to stress about anything. On his way to another finals appearance he may overtake previous legend Michael Jordan, Kareem and others. Cavs fans will be really excited and looking forward to witness these events.
Thanks Cavs for an amazing season of 2016-2017!
History is in making by these 2 teams. Meeting 3rd time in a row. We don't see this happening in other sports more often. We just have to appreciate this fact and enjoy while this rivalry lasts! Warriors and Cavs are not going anywhere!
If you are a dedicated Cavs fan like me, this is what you have been waiting for all year. Before we dial into Cleveland Indians and eventually to Cleveland Browns, you just want to hear these words “Cavs are in Finals” one more time. Last year it was all about breaking The Curse, The Journey, The Return and The Closure! It’s over! This year it is all about The Fun! Clevelanders wish to see another banner in their Q Arena and another Ring for their King!
#AnotherRingForTheKing - Game 1 will defiantly set the tone for the rest of the series but as an experienced sports fan I may not read too much into Game 1 result.
Scenario # 1 – SWEEP
Conference first, second rounds and finals, both West and East were amazing and at the same time utterly boring. Other than 1 game loss for Cleveland Cavaliers to Boston Celtics, both Cavs and Warriors were running their basketball in Auto Pilot Mode! Strategy was to just win all the games, home or away, close out the series and take a break! Will this work in Finals for Cavs and Warriors? I don’t think so but still possible. With their new addition of Kevin Durant last year, Warriors not only looks like a Super Team they do play like a Super Team.
Warriors Big 4 vs Cavs Big 3. Warriors have the advantage of sharp shooters, quick offence, outside perimeter shooting and experience from Kevin and Curry! Even if their best 2 or 3 players are down or trapped, Keven or Curry can lift them up. It was proven on many occasion in the regular season in in playoffs. They are healthy and well rested for this matchup. If Kawhi Leonard was not injured in the Game 1 of West Finals, it may have turned out be a close series than a sweep.
Cavs Big 3 vs Warriors Big 4. Cavs have the psychological advantage over Warriors from their last year’s performance. Kyrie and Love are healthy, Kyle and Deron Williams are in the Finals for the first time in their long NBA careers, Triston and J R Smith are playing more important roles. Cavs bench has the required depth and they did show up many times during the regular and playoffs. How Cavs Bench match with Warriors Bench is the key. One thing for sure, when there is no pressure, Cavs are a dangerous team.
Conclusion – No Sweep by Cavaliers or Warriors!