Cavs Repeat or Warriors 16-0 Champions?

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Warriors vs. Cavs - Game 1

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

In the history of the National Basketball Association there has never been a team to Sweep the post season through the finals for a championship.   However, the Golden State Warriors 12-0 in the playoffs could do just that. 

Although the Los Angeles Lakers did sweep its way to the NBA Finals twice since the expansion in both 1989 and 2001.  But during those years the first round was the best of five and was changed to the best of seven in 2003.  In a twist of irony both Lakers teams lost Game 1 of the NBA Finals.  In 1989 the faced the Detroit Bad Boys and were swept by Isiah Thomas, Denis Rodman and the gang of basketball bandits.   2001 wasn't nearly that close as they won 15 of 16 games against the Philadelphia 76ers with Allen Iverson pulling one out of his hat winning the first game of the finals, but to be fair the 76ers were a little undermanned. 

Last year’s finals found a similarly undermanned Warriors team who lost control of the finals losing four straight.  The Acquisition of Kevin Durant, a rested Kevin Durant places the Warriors in a power position with a fairly decent chance of walking away from this year’s finals 16-0 champions, besting the 2001 Lakers. 

Game 1 of the 2016-2017 NBA Finals is Thursday night in Oakland at the Oracle Arena. 

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