This Thursday marks the start of the NBA Finals,* pitting two epically talented teams against each other for the third year in a row—the first time that has ever happened in any sport, or golf. While the Cleveland Cavaliers won last year despite being located in Cleveland, the Golden State University Warriors are favored to cut down the nets during halftime, surprising everyone.
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The Warriors bring back the core players from last year’s historic 73-win team, PLUS have added Zaza Pachulia, a rough-looking individual, PLUS have added MVP-caliber forward Kevin Durant.
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While the Warriors have opened as the odds-on favorite, and are undefeated so far this postseason, their ailing coach has been missing from the sideline for weeks, and is unlikely to return for the finals. In addition, the Warriors’ acting coach is not a good actor. The possible effect?
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Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have completed their own stunning run through the Eastern Conference, sweeping two teams off their feet and into their arms, and nearly doing the same to the Boston Celtics, who play much harder to get. They seem to have “flipped a switch,” which will get you flogged in certain parts of Indonesia.
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Ultimately, the question is whether the Cavs can pair their resurgent offense with the kind of world-class defense they have shown only sporadically in the playoffs thus far. If so, they have a chance to gum up the Warriors’ motion offense, which is predicated on avoiding gums and thickeners. However, the Warriors have a top-tier defense of their own. The verdict?
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In the meantime, we can look forward to one of the most entertaining series in NBA history.
* Cavs in 7.