The NBA Finals began last night and just like the NBA playoffs this year, it was another blowout, this time with the Golden State Warriors getting the Cleveland Cavaliers out of the paint (literally and figuratively). Game 1 was close for a bit until the Golden State (more like Stephen Curry) 3rd quarter eruption occurred, leaving folks to wonder if this will even be a series (It most definitely will) and leaving people to wonder if the Golden State Warriors have ruined the NBA with the addition of Kevin Durant (They haven’t).
Game 2 is on Sunday. The hot take machines have been rolling since the game was over on a pull-up three from 30 feet by Stephen Curry in the 3rd quarter. Here are mine, but in blog form.
A lot of people hate Golden State Warriors Forward, #Draymond (If you’re wondering why I just put a hashtag in front of his name, that has been a long standing thing on Twitter from like 2011.) Green.
I understand the aspect of why #Draymond Green has haters while he’s on the basketball court. #Draymond Green is the NBA’s biggest villain on the team that has been proclaimed as “villains.” #Draymond kicks people in the genitals. He verbally went at Lebron James last year in the NBA finals, then got suspended, which changed the course of NBA history (although he had 32/15/9 in game 7 while the rest of his teammates… nevermind). #Draymond’s emotional state is a gift and curse. Green’s antics last year did him in which makes sense.
Personally, I’ve been one of his biggest supporters since he was at Michigan State. #Draymond Green is one of three players to have two triple doubles in the NCAA Tournament. The other two? Magic and Oscar. Elite company. Plus, I’m cool with guys who talk on the court and back it up to a significant amount against the best.
For most, people believe that #Draymond would not be a quality role player without the likes of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and that guy with the last name Durant. In a generation that loves stats and numbers, obviously #Draymond doesn’t have the 25 ppg numbers, and when he’s on the highlights, it’s normally assisting to those three guys above or arguing with an official. However, when you watch the Warriors play, #Draymond is the most important piece to their engine, especially defensively. Some will read that statement and ask, “how can a guy that averages 10/7/7 be that important for a team that has three other all-stars?”
Green impacts the game in ways that in most nights, the box score doesn’t show it. The ability to be a defensive anchor and leader of the 2nd best defense in the NBA (San Antonio is #1) is very important. The ability to grab boards and push the ball up the court to start their break is important.
In game 1’s victory against Portland on Easter Sunday, #Draymond’s defensive efforts and two blocks in the 2nd half were incredible, especially the one on Damian Lillard.
Green should win Defensive Player of the Year. Not because of these blocks but because in the regular season, he was making plays defensively for Golden State all season long, guiding them to their 3rd straight season with over 65 wins. Green’s final stat line on Sunday was 19/12/9/5/3 was something for the ages.
You can hate #Draymond how you want to. I’m sure he doesn’t mind. However, don’t like your hate blind the facts that #Draymond Green is the heartbeat, the most important player for the NBA’s best team, and a really good NBA player. Flex on, #Draymond.
Golden State, as expected by most (A lot of people thought Lebron was gonna carry these guys to a title) won the NBA Title last night. It wasn’t a shock for me, at least. I was shocked that this series was actually competitive. That’s how great Lebron James is.
Also, my series prediction was sort of right:
Dubs in 5. 6 at max. And when it happens, I’ll make sure that my guy Aaron Legaspi will do pushups on camera.
And yes, Aaron will do pushups on camera. Soon. Very soon. And it’ll be on the blog.
I don’t need to really say much other than Golden State won this series because I-G-G-Y, Draymond, and Stephen Curry shoving some noise about Matthew Dellavedova being the “Curry Stopper” (People really believed that, too. Social Media is a weird thing).
It wasn’t like this was a fluke championship. Golden State won 67 games this year, and won finished the season 83-20. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think a lot of teams would have beaten them. Playing the “if” game will give you a headache. It gives me one just writing about it.
Lebron did all he could do, but clearly, when you have to rely on Earl Smith III for games in the playoffs, that’s when you know you’re in trouble. As weird as it sounds, Lebron probably helped out his legacy here. Even though Lebron chose this path for himself, he single-handily got this team to win 2 games against this squad. Impressive. Impressive to the point where people thought they would win this series after game 3.
But that’s that. The NBA Season is over (My NBA Season was over when these plays happened), and the off-season will be more funnier than we all think.
So, the NBA FInals start tomorrow after a 25 8 day layoff.
Stephen Curry, the current MVP vs Lebron James, the guy with 4 MVPs and 5 straight NBA Finals appearances. It should be fun. For the NBA’s sake, it HAS to be. Can you imagine if the NBA Finals were bad just like most of the NBA Playoffs? Because let’s face it, the NBA Playoffs outside of the Clippers/Spurs has been lackluster, and disappointing. But I guess, I’m spoiled.
Looking at this series as an observer, I don’t know if Cleveland can you know… win the finals. I know Lebron is an alien, and even though his fanboys speak “efficiency” nonstop, he really hasn’t been that efficient in these playoffs. He’s been dominant in different ways with a weird type of supporting cast that’s featuring Earl Smith III (Jr Smith for those of you who actually don’t know his real name), Matthew “the new white guy everybody hates” Dellavedova, and Iman “I’m afraid of California” Shumpert. It’s been fascinating, especially without Kevin Love, and a banged up Kyrie Irving. Can you imagine Lebron last summer thinking how great this supporting cast would be knowing that in the following June, he’s playing playoff games with a 45% Kyrie Irving and without Kevin Love? I bet he would have sucked it up and stayed in Miami to carry Dwyane Wade through another season.
It’s not to take anything from Cleveland. They’re good, if not great since Lebron came back from his 2 week vacation (you know, the vacation where he went back to Miami, went to the College Football Playoff, etc). The problem is…. everything that Cleveland does great, Golden State does it better. Golden State is the better team defensively. Golden State is a more efficient offensive team. The only saving grace is that Golden State turns the ball over more than Eli Manning playing quarterback, and Memphis kinda showed the blueprint how to frustrate life for the splash brothers (particularly Klay “Ben Savage” Thompson).
Golden State is deeper, talented, and they’re better. Lebron might be the best player in the world, but Golden State as a team and a roster is historically great. At some point, you have to win your first title, and seeing how that hasn’t happened since the 1991 Finals where a team with no finals experience have won (you know when the Bulls had this guy), a lot of people continue to doubt the Warriors because of their lack of experience. What they lack in experience (Btw, enough about how Cleveland is more experienced than Golden State. Only like two guys in their rotation have finals experience. Let’s not count Shawn Marion, Mike Miller and Kendrick Perkins, please. I beg of you), they gain in talent.
Do I think the Finals can be exciting? Sure. But will they?
if Mark Jackson cries on camera knowing that last year, he was coaching this same squad, then sure.
If Draymond Green elbows Dellavedova for attempting to take out Curry, then that’ll make things very interesting. But if this series is gonna be dry………
Dubs in 5. 6 at max. And when it happens, I’ll make sure that my guy Aaron Legaspi will do pushups on camera (Give him a follow on twitter, btw).
So that’s that. Questions? Comments? Leave em. We out.
With no games on Thursday night (How did this happen? David Stern TROLLED on us over this), the NBA will be taking a backseat to baseball for the night, I guess. But here, the NBA never takes a day off. Every series is tied at one game apiece, and here are some questions that I have about this weekend’s games.