By: Heath Montgomery
Warriors. Cavaliers. Rinse. Repeat.
Yes, they are at it again. The Cavaliers and Warriors will throw down in the NBA Finals for a record third time!!! That is just amazing to me. It is hard enough for some teams to even have a winning record three years in a row, let alone make it to the NBA Finals three times in a row. You’d think it would get old too, but I can’t wait to see how this series will shape up. Lebron is on fire, the Warriors are on fire, the rivalry is on fire. GOSH I’M SO PUMPED!!
But now down to business. Here are a few things that I’m predicting will happen during Round 3 of this heavy weight fight.
Draymond Green will get in 2 scuffles throughout the series
Draymond Green’s “I want to destroy Cleveland” clip will be shown over and over during this series, which will only fan the flames of this great rivalry. It’s no secret that the Warriors and Cavs aren’t fond of each other so I believe it’ll only be a matter of time before things get a little physical. Last series Green was suspended a game for his dirty play during the postseason, and although he hasn’t done much in these playoffs I’d say things might heat up once playing against the team he wants to “annihilate”
Lebron James will average a triple-double in the series
Okay so you have to admit… Lebron James is pretty good at basketball. So good that I will make the prediction that he will average a triple-double in this series. Looking at history only 6 players have averaged a triple-double in a series in the NBA Playoffs; none of those players did it in the NBA Finals though.
Lebron James has been on a tear recently averaging 32.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 7.0 assists in the 2017 playoffs. Holy cow. Those are insane numbers that only Russell Westbrook has done better than this postseason, but Lebron has done it for more than one round. Lebron also nearly averaged a triple-double in last year’s finals with the stat line: 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 9.3 assists. It wouldn’t the craziest thing in the world for Lebron to achieve this and it would make the conversation even tougher for who is the G.O.A.T for NBA basketball.
Steph Curry will bounce back from last year’s Finals
Steph Curry averaged a respectable 22 ppg in the 2016 NBA Finals. For most players that is a very good performance that they can hang their hat on; not for the 2016 unanimous MVP though. He averaged 30 ppg in the 2015-2016 regular season. AN 8 POINT DROP. Many people got on Steph Curry for this lackluster performance, but I believe he’s been waiting for this opportunity to make up for last year.
Steph Curry is coming into the Finals averaging 28 points and shows no sign of slowing down. With an extra person to guard from last year’s finals (Kevin Durant) it might give Curry more space and allow him to finally win that Finals MVP he has been wanting.
And now for the real one…
Warriors in 6 games
Yeah, this was kind of expected. The Warriors are insane this year and insanely hot. They haven’t lost yet and I don’t see them losing 4 games, even to a great Cavaliers team. I just can’t let myself say that the Cavaliers will pull it out. But hey, that’s what everyone said last year.
So, there you have it. Draymond’s going to get mad, Lebron will be Lebron, Steph going to get some buckets, and KD will get that ring that he truly grinded for (HA).
It’s going to be a great series. Let’s run it again.