Cavaliers vs. Warriors Series of the Ages

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Javale McGee

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Last year’s 2015-2016 NBA Finals, it was clear starting Game 4 the Cleveland Cav’s.  On paper the Warriors and the Cavaliers were running dead heat, until they met in the finals last year.   After a disappointing loss for the Golden State Warriors, the team retooled and added the four time scoring king Kevin Durant to the lineup. 

The Cav’s boasted a 51-31 regular season record with a winning percentage of .622, with Golden State walking away from the RS with 67 wins and 15 losses and still on paper both teams look great.  But, the Warriors are beginning to outpace the defending champions. 

In both Game 1 and Game 2 of the 2017 Finals in early play the teams looked comparable, although as the game wears on the western team tends to systematically pull away.  Is it fatigue? 

Playing styles are often difference makers when almost 30 of the world’s best basketball player meet for a 48-minute game, the team who can bend their opponents will and pull the other team with him often wins.

To be fair post season play often lends itself to the home team and so far we have seen these two teams play in Oakland’s, Oracle arena.   The two super teams are now headed back to their gym and you can expect a different energy.  But, I’m not sure if the venue is enough to make games competitive late when the Cav’s appear to run out of gas.

I believe even with a slower pace, the Warriors will be competitive.  With the underutilized and under estimated Javale McGee coming off the bench you can be assured this guy could be a game changer, moving the numbers in the blocks per game and rebounds per game categories.

This series will create a rivalry and this rivalry will be talked about for years to come, so sit back and enjoy history being made.

 

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