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Warriors vs. Cavs: breaking down the NBA championship finals

LeBron James may be the greatest player in league history; however, it will take a Herculean effort to guide the Cavaliers to a single win in the series.


Kahron Spearman


Let's start here: 

 

If LeBron James found a way to beat the Golden State Warriors, with this Cleveland Cavaliers roster around him, it would instantly settle any and every of debate on the greatest player in history - it would be the greatest achievement in NBA Finals history.

 

However, the odds aren't in James' favor. In fact, the Warriors are the biggest Finals favorites in 16 years, per ESPN. Golden State has been favored in each of the four Finals matchups now, though the Cavs found a way to overcome a 3-1 deficit in 2016 to win the title.

I don't think people understand how hard it is. How hard it is to win. And to get back to the Finals, it's not easy. It's tough. It's a grueling season. When you get to the Finals so many times, the regular season becomes boring. It's too long. So, to have the resilience to keep playing, keep fighting and not letting go of the rope, is huge.

Tyronn Lue
Head coach, Cleveland Cavaliers

The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas opened Golden State as a -1,000 favorite to win the series. For those uninitiated, if you put down $100 on the Warriors, you'd win ten bucks.

 

The Warriors also open with as a 12-point favorite in Game 1 on Thursday.

 

Not to be repetitive or duplicitous, but after James, the next 4-5 best players on the court will be Warriors, depending what Kevin Love has to offer and the status of Andre Iguodala, the Warriors Swiss Army knife.

Let's cut to the chase:

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers have absolutely no shot whatsoever to get more than a game out of the Golden State Warriors. It will be the most lopsided series since, interestingly enough, the 2007 NBA Finals between James' offensive talent-deficient Cavs and the San Antonio Spurs.

 

Expect James to play well, but short a major injury to one of the Warriors' big four, also expect the series to be short-lived wrecked with uneventful blowouts.

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