It's no mystery. We all know this year's NBA championship will be either the Golden State Warriors or the Cleveland Cavaliers. These two teams are so far above the other 28 teams in the league we have seen LeBron James trolling the competition all year, and the Warriors blowing out every team they face in the playoffs.
At this point, with both teams as healthy and as dominant as they are on a day to day basis, this year's Finals will be a two horse race with no real advantage for either horse. That is how it has been the past two years as well, with the Warriors winning in 2015 and the Cavs taking the ring in 2016. This year, LeBron is playing just as good if not better, and the Warriors added Kevin Durant to the roster in hopes of not blowing another 3-1 lead.
What is different this year is the winner of the Finals will not only add another championship to the organization's resume, but something way more important. If Cleveland wins, then LeBron James will have four rings, four MVP awards, and two Olympic Gold Medals. One of the four rings will have been over the dominant Golden State Warriors of 2016, a team that broke the record for most wins in the regular season, and the latest ring will be against that same team with Kevin Durant. This will end the debate of who is better, LeBron or MJ? The answer will be LeBron.
If the Golden State Warriors win this year, then they will go down as the greatest team in a season the NBA has ever seen. They are coming off of the record breaking year, they will have gotten their revenge against Cleveland for last season, and they will have won two out of the last three Finals. Compared to the greatest team's of all time, all these things put together plus the sheer depth and raw talent of the roster this year results in the Warriors topping that list.
Will this series go to game 7 again? Hopefully. The thrill of game 7 last year drew in even non-NBA fans, and even with the players saying it's not a rivalry between the teams, it is forced to be a rivalry. This rivalry is starting to look like it will be an ongoing matchup in the Finals for the next two to three years as well, so whichever team wins this year will be the one with the bigger target on it's back next season. Just as Golden State looks to beat Cleveland for last year's near back to back championships before losing three games in a row, Cleveland will also be looking to cement their legacy.
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