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Cavs vs. Warriors: Here We Go Again

Charles Thurston-Snoha

Posted on June 4, 2018 23:10

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Same two teams … looks like the same old results. Is it good for basketball?

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are battling for the fourth straight time in the NBA Finals, with the Warriors currently up 2-0 in the series. What does this mean for the world of sports? Will casual sports fans eventually tire of the same two teams meeting in the NBA Finals every season — more so, knowing who likely will triumph?

Personally, I was hoping for a change. The Houston Rockets and the Boston Celtics gave the Warriors and Cavs a run for their money, but neither team was able to dethrone the perpetual defending conference champions.

This brings up the issue of concern. If the Warriors go on and win the championship, which many experts predict will happen — and likely will happen — will interest from casual sports fans start to diminish? I mean, who really wants to keep watching the same two teams duke it out with the exact same result every season?

In boxing and MMA, you will see the same two fighters go at it sometimes two or on rare occasions three times (referred to as a trilogy); however, that rarely happens when the same fighter keeps winning. People tend to lose interest and fast.

In my opinion, what makes sports fun to watch is the element of surprise. If you know who will most likely win, what fun is it to watch in the first place? Honestly, if I already know who will win the championship, I’m likely to watch (or stream) something else. Obviously, if it were my favorite team playing I might be singing a different tune, but it’s not, so I can speak for the casual fan.

The best case scenario is that the Cavs make a miraculous comeback and win the championship, or at a minimum make the series competitive. If they were able to accomplish that monumental feat, that would certainly make the rubber match between the two teams far more interesting next season. That is if LeBron James decides to stay in Cleveland, which is almost as unlikely as them making a comeback.

People will argue that during Michael Jordan’s day, when the Bulls won a total of six championships over the course of eight seasons, it’s pretty similar to what the Warriors are doing today; however, there’s one big difference. The Bulls were dominant, as the Warriors have been, but aside from playing the Utah Jazz two times in a row, they played a different team for every championship they won (a total of five different teams).

Even if the Bulls were favored in most of their series, at least it changed up the monotony. Instead of the same team coming up short, it was interesting to see different teams take a crack at the defending champ. Maybe, in the long run, it will be good for basketball, but I’m almost certain there will be casual sports fans that will eventually tire if something doesn’t change. 

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