The Finals Prediction Is In!

Posted: June 1, 2017 by cschrump in Uncategorized

by Chad Schrump / @Hoosier_Hoops

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Wake up!  It’s time.  Don’t hit the snooze button!  In case you’ve forgotten, the NBA Finals start tonight.  Finally.  What an absolutely ridiculous delay between the respective Conference Finals and the championship round.  Can you believe that almost a week and a half has passed since Golden State battered and swept the Spurs and a week since Cleveland punked the Celtics in 5?  Can you?  It’s crazy.

Here’s the good news though – The Finals are going to be off-the-charts nasty.  It’s going to be a show on a whole, ‘nother level.  LeBron, KD, Steph, Draymond, Kyrie, KLove and Klay.  Whoa!  There’s no chance I could have waited any longer for this series to start.  Just one more day and I might implode.  But here’s the thing – after about the first 5 minutes of Game One, you’ll have forgotten how long you had to wait to get here.

Golden State has been stewing in a broth of hatred and revenge for 12 months after Cleveland’s favorite son, LeBron James, lead the Cavs back from a 3-1 Finals deficit to deliver Northeast Ohio’s first professional championship in what seemed like 350 years.

So, how upset were the Warriors over their colossal meltdown?  Well, they added the 2nd best basketball player on planet Earth to their mix.  Kevin Durant is the piece that obviously didn’t exist during last year’s championship series and he’s the reason that most experts believe Golden State is the pick to win their 2nd title in the last 3 years.

Here’s the thing though:  It’s not sexy but I promise you that the key to this series for Golden State is Draymond Green.  Like I said a few weeks ago, when Green plays really well, the Warriors are almost unbeatable.  And I believe that.  KD and Steph are gonna get theirs’, and Cleveland knows it – so it’s the Cavs not letting Green control the game and ultimately the series, that will tell this tale.

However, I’m not sold just yet that they’ll walk right through the Cavaliers.  LeBron James is the best player in the world and the gap between him and #2 isn’t close.  I truly think he’s playing better, more consistently, than ever.  Think about that for a second.  LBJ has played some incredible basketball over the years but what he’s doing now is outer worldly.  It’s mystifying.

I mean, LeBron’s trying to win the 6th grade talent show by conducting the London Philharmonic while his competition is trying to juggle three oranges.  He’s flying a spaceship while the rest of the Eastern Conference is praying their biplane doesn’t fall from the sky.  He’s a wrecking ball swinging through single-ply toilet paper.

Thus far, it hasn’t been a fair fight.

So, unlike a majority of the experts, I think this series plays itself out for quite awhile.  It makes a ton of sense to pick the team that has legitimately four of the best 10-12 players in the world in their starting lineup.  There’s a very real possibility that the Warriors have the three best shooters in the league.  I mean, that’s almost laugh out loud funny.  They’ve already won a World Championship and now they added KD?  To that team?  Damn.

But I’m picking LeBron.  In Six.

It’s time.  Wake up!

  1. Ron Pollard says:

    Connie and I are having dinner at the Library at 7:00. Should be home for the tip-off and tho. I agree with most of your rants, I think the GSW will embarrass James and the Cavs. in 6.


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