Last night, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 in a best of 7 series. As a huge fan of everything Ohio, it was a hard pill for me to swallow, but overall, the Warriors were the better team. After reading a few articles from here and there about the series, here are a few takeaways.
Before that however, I am jazzed for the Warriors. They played true team basketball, that was extremely enjoyable to watch. And, I am a huge fan of Steve Kerr.
Great shooter, one of the best TV analysts, and now a champion coach. Good stuff.
Are the Warriors that good?
The Warriors played a great season, historic for their franchise. But, the Cavs hung with them in the series. The Cavs with LeBron and a few other guys. Granted, the other folks on the Cavs got a great learning experience throughout the entire playoffs, but they were down two starters. How many teams in the NBA could experience that, and still make it to the Finals? Then make it interesting? Now, how many could’ve done that in NBA history? I would guess not too many. It makes me feel that this title will always have a “What if?” attached to it.
Andre Iguodala is the series MVP?
Let’s be serious for a second; this award was due to his “defense” on LeBron. People all over the internet are raving about how great of a defender he was. Sure, he held LeBron in the negative in the +/- stat line, but LeBron almost averaged a triple double for the series! That is not lock down defense in my opinion. LeBron should’ve been the second ever Finals MVP on a losing team, behind the logo, Jerry West.
What now for the Cavs?
This series was a defining moment for the franchise. This time last year, they were not supposed to make the playoffs. LeBron makes the trip back north, they are not supposed to make the Finals. Two high caliber players go down with injuries, they are not supposed to make the Finals. They are playing the Warriors, they are not supposed to win a game.
Even though they lost the series, they held their own with the Warriors. Not bad for a group of players that most people do not recognize, let alone draft on their fantasy teams. The experience was a great resume booster for players like Tristan Thompson, Timofy Mozgov, Matthew Dellevedova, JR Smith, and Iman Shumpert. If these guys are all back next season, mixed in with healthy Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, watch out. This team will be the real deal. Lots to look forward to next year up on the lake.
Well done Warriors, you had a great season, but even more so, great season Cavs. No one expected you to do what you did. It was impressive.