Following two dominant Conference Finals series, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors both advanced to the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers swept the Atlanta Hawks in four games as LeBron James appears to be in top form. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets in five games. Despite injuries to both Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson continued to carry the Warriors to victory.
The Cavaliers are certainly embracing the long lay-off before the Finals. With star point guard Kyrie Irving suffering from knee injuries, and LeBron James showing extreme signs of exhaustion; the days of recovery should have great benefit for the Eastern Conference champions. If Irving is able to return to form, Stephen Curry’s defensive liabilities will likely be shown throughout the series. LeBron James is playing at a level no one else on the planet can match, as well. The deciding factor could be the interior play. Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov have bullied opponents inside, grabbing rebounds at every opportunity. The Cavaliers will not be the favorites, but with one of the best of all time, they can never be ruled out.
The Warriors may be facing struggles they never expected. Stephen Curry has more than likely been playing with a concussion, likewise with Klay Thompson (but who cares about players health with games on the line?). Young forward Draymond Green has been up and down throughout the playoffs, but he may very likely be the difference maker in this series. James and Irving will maintain pace with the scoring of the Splash Brothers, but his skill on defense and rebounding will be very difficult to stop. In addition, Andre Igoudala coming off the bench will add a new force that the Cavalier bench will struggle to contain. With a clear advantage in depth, the Warriors are definitely the favorites for this upcoming series.
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