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It's Cavs v Warriors Part 3, Is This A Bad Thing?

Brian Taylor

Posted on May 31, 2017 20:46

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors meet in the NBA Finals for the third year in a row. I break down what it means in the bigger NBA picture.

With the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors set to meet for the third year in a row when the NBA Finals tip off Thursday night, there has been some hand wringing among fans about the impact on the league having the same teams showing up in June year after year is having.  But is this really a bad thing?  In the short term, no; long term, yes.

Being treated to two great teams that don't like each other playing for a championship in a series rich with story lines is never a bad thing.  Between LeBron chasing Jordan, Warriors looking for redemption after blowing a 3-1 lead, Durant chasing the elusive ring, the first true rivalry the NBA has seen between Eastern and Western foes since those epic Celtics/Lakers battles of the 80's, this series has it all; and that's BEFORE the ball goes up.  Each game of this series promises to be a battle, with new chapters in the story to be written and legacies to be fulfilled or be left wanting.  I'm getting excited re-reading this and I dislike both teams, so how could anyone be rolling their eyes and saying "not again?"

It's no secret that these two teams have been on a collision course since last year's epic thriller, with the heat being ratcheted up when the Warriors signed Kevin Durant.  These two teams are head, shoulders and chest above any other team in the NBA right now.  The Warriors swept though the Western Conference while the Cavaliers dominated the East, culminating in a gentleman's sweep of the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.  These Finals may be one for the ages, but they will also go down as the culmination of one of the most boring Playoffs in NBA history.  While the 80's featured either the Celtics or the Lakers in each Finals of the decade, they only met three times.  During the Bulls' reign in the 90's, they dispatched five different teams in their six Finals victories.  The familiar faces were usually there, but there was always the idea that the titans COULD fall, and on occasion they did.  That has not been the case in these Playoffs, which have felt more like a coronation than a competition.  The NBA can not sustain itself with such a competitive imbalance, particularly with only a handful of teams in any position to mount a serious challenge, but why would they?  It's a hopeless feeling thinking about beating these two four times in seven games, and most franchises appear to be content with positioning themselves to pick up the pieces when the Warriors/Cavs reign ages out, which appears more likely than a challenger rising up.  But when will that be?  Both team's cores are still relatively young and showing no signs of slowing down.

So what is the solution?  Right now, sit back, enjoy the basketball ahead of us, and coax yourself into the idea that there's always next year. 

 

Brian Taylor

Posted on May 31, 2017 20:46

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