By Lamar Battle
I had a planned meeting of pod-cast contributors and ordinary gentlemen set for a later time but from the looks of things the NBA Finals series between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers could be over in a heart-beat.
Joining me are Greg , Enrique, Mike and A.J.
Lamar: With the Cleveland Cavaliers down 2-0 in the Finals does anyone feel that there is a chance for them?
A.J.: I have a better question, who is the greatest of all time Micheal Jordan or Kevin Durant?
Lamar: That was cold bro.
Greg: Actually, that is not an unfair question in that Kevin Durant up to this point is outplaying LeBron James and that’s after averaging 32 and 10 against LeBron in the regular season.
Enrique: There may be a slight opening for Cleveland but I am surprised that LeBron has yet to make more of an offensive push in the 4th quarters. We can all see how dominant he can be but when his team needs that extra push he always defers to his teammates.
Mike: By the 4th quarter LeBron is probably tired from having to chase Kevin Durant around for most of the game.
Enrique: Well someone should should tell him it’s the Finals for crying out loud. If any series is where you lay it all down, it’s in this series. I mean what good is going to the Finals seven straight times if you only have three titles to show for it.
Greg: A lot of my readers are under the impression that the Warriors may lack heart and if the series tightens up that lack will show just like it did last year.
Lamar: If the Cavs can take game 3 in such a way that changes the flow of the series then things can get interesting real quick.
A.J. After you guys put down the kool-aid remember that the Warriors have won the first two games in convincing fashion. One problem the Cavaliers face is that they have some older players that were more than satisfied to get one ring let alone two.
Greg: One thing is for sure and that is the Cavaliers will not beat the Warriors playing the Warriors style of ball. One question is can the Cavaliers slow the game down and manufacture free throws? Can Lebron and Kevin Love supply enough inside presence to open up their outside shooters?
Lamar: What does a loss mean for Cleveland?
A.J. For one, all of the LeBron as the G.O.A.T. talk will have to be put on hold. As a matter of fact he may not win another title especially if he stays in Cleveland.
Lamar: Where else could he go?
Mike: The best fit if he wants to seriously contend for another title is probably the L.A. Clippers. I say this because the Clippers have enough existing talent to contend in the west especially with LeBron James on the team.
Greg: The Clippers are a possibility but if LeBron decides to stay home then the Cavaliers will have get some young studs in there.
Lamar: You mean like Andrew Wiggins?
Greg: Don’t get me started on that subject. (laughs all around)
Lamar: A Fox Sports 1 commentator suggested that there are two teams in the NBA that are totally controlled by their star players, those would be the Cavaliers ( 16th in ppg allow and fg% allow) and the L.A. Clippers.( 11th in ppg allow and fg% allow) per Fox Sports.com, If that’s the case then LeBron may have to leave player acquisitions to experienced staff. (providing he has not done so)
Also, one overlooked aspect of this series is that the Golden State Warriors put a lot of thought into the type of attack they wanted and then they (team management including consultant Jerry West) went out and got the players that formed the type of team that is seemingly revolutionizing the game. The Warriors are long, athletic, smart and unselfish.
Essentially this highly coached and motivated team also boast the 3 best shooters in the game today and possibly of all time.
Come to think of it, we could have another dynasty in the making.
Mike: That’s what I’ve been saying all along.