2014-15 NBA FINALS PREVIEW
WELL, WELL, WELL!!!! “IT’S GAMETIME!” just like the old Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls’ pregame chants!!! Gone are the days from having Lakers-Celtics, Bulls-Jazz and Heat-Spurs in the NBA Finals. Now, it’s time for some new blood in the NBA Finals being the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. Although there are new teams in the NBA Finals, Golden State returns after a 40-year absence with no players with any NBA Finals experience while Cleveland enters their first NBA Finals appearance with five players who have already won rings and one more with NBA Finals experience.
There are so many storylines going into the NBA Finals. And you guessed right what the first story line is regarding the current NBA MVP Stephen Curry going against the past MVP LeBron James. The next main storyline is the two rookie head coaches with Steve Kerr and David Blatt. On that storyline, one can only sympathize while watching the Western Conference Finals in hearing Mark Jackson calling the game. He’s doing his normal good job on the tube, but everyone should know that he’s feeling it on the inside. So in conclusion in that storyline, Steve Kerr is winning with Mark Jackson’s boys. And the last storyline going into the NBA Finals is health. For Golden State, Klay Thompson has been diagnosed with a concussion with no timetable for return. Marreesse Speights is also nursing a right calf injury and David Lee is still having issues with his back. That’s sad for him as he’s the highest-paid player on the team. For Cleveland, their main concern being Kyrie Irving with both his knee and foot. His health will be very important if Cleveland is to win this series. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of defense he would play considering that he would have to guard Stephen Curry or chase Klay Thompson barring his own injury around screens. So we will see how effective he will be on offense considering the extra effort on defense that will be needed. Out of all the series that Cleveland will play this postseason, Kevin Love will be missed the most in an effort to combat Golden State’s fast-pace play, the ability to stretch the floor opening up driving lanes and his outlet passing off of defensive rebounds starting breaks. And lastly, there was a slightest of all chances that longtime Cavalier Anderson Varejao could be activated for the finals, but Cleveland officially ruled that out.
After doing predictions on all of my social media sites, Golden State came out as a slight favorite. But for me, this series looks to be a tossup in where Golden State is playing the hottest than any team in the league. But, Cleveland’s NBA Finals and championship experience definitely can not be ignored. And we all should know that LeBron James doesn’t want to go out a loser for the second straight season in the finals.
SO LET’S PLAY BALL!!! June 4th can not get here any quicker for the start!!!