NBA Finals: Here We Go Again
by John Jastremski
May 30, 2018 | 6340 views | 0 0 comments | 387 387 recommendations | email to a friend | print
All year I wanted to believe that this NBA season would be different.

All year, I tried to find a way that we would not come to the same end result that we’ve had over the last three seasons.

Yet here we are. Round four, the Cavaliers and the Warriors.

It’s a series that I’m sure many of you expected to see, but the way we got here was quite fascinating.

A season ago, I didn't enjoy the NBA postseason one bit.

There was no drama, there was no intrigue, and it was a foregone conclusion that when the playoffs began, we would be in store for a Warriors-Cavaliers final.

Not only did last year's postseason result in that predictable outcome, but there was no level of fun along the way. You never had the belief that either the Cavaliers or the Warriors could go down.

This year however, the NBA playoffs have been full of questions and suspense.

For the first time since 1979, both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals went the distance.

In both, there was a real and legitimate threat that we would be looking at some new blood in the NBA Finals.

First, the upstart Boston Celtics appeared poised to make the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.

The Celtics took the first two games from the Cavaliers and held a 3-2 lead before the greatness of Lebron James struck again.

James, on a team that saw half of its mediocre roster turnover at the midway point of the season, found a way to win the last two games of the series to clinch his unprecedented eighth straight trip to the finals.

That's an achievement we may never see again in our lifetimes.

It shouldn’t surprise us that James persevered, but the Celtics and the Pacers in the first round found a way to push the best player in the world to the brink of elimination.

That’s a beautiful thing for the NBA.

Out west, the Golden State Warriors are certainly on their way to becoming an NBA dynasty.

They’ve won two of the last three championships and have one of the most talented rosters of all time.

With all of that talent, the Warriors were searching for answers facing elimination, down three games to two against the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets won the most games in the NBA this year, and showed the sort of toughness, grit and heart that has been missing from them in the postseason over the last couple of years.

The Rockets gave the Warriors all they could handle, but were dealt the brutal blow of losing future Hall of Famer Chris Paul to a hamstring injury.

In games six and seven, the Warriors overwhelming ability to dominate the third quarter proved too much and they found a way to advance.

Golden State survived, but unlike a year ago, they faced a true test on the road back to the finals.

So now the stage is set, but I have bad news for NBA fans: don’t expect a whole lot of drama in this series.

The Warriors are too good and too explosive for Lebron and the Cavaliers.

An NBA Dynasty is about to emerge ,and even the best player on the planet won’t be able to find a way to stop them.

Status quo come finals time, but at least this year's postseason was anything but.

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