The countdown to the NBA Finals begins, so here are some bold predictions for the upcoming series between the Warriors and Cavaliers.
1. Stephen Curry will score 30 points in game one
Entering the first game of the series, the Warriors are one of the hottest teams in the NBA. While injury concerns surrounded the team in games four and five of the Western Conference Final (Curry had a mighty fall in game four while Klay Thompson apparently couldn’t drive home due to a head injury after the series-clinching win), they will enter June 4th’s game one up and ready to go.
Curry will show that when he puts up at least 30 points. The Cavs’ best perimeter defender, Iman Shumpert, is no match for the MVP, if he even guards him. Kyrie Irving will might also be forced to spend time on him, and that would be a terrible matchup for Cleveland, given Irving’s leg troubles this postseason.
Curry gets off to a hot start and dominates game one.
2. Warriors take a 2-0 series lead
Cleveland will be put in a position they have never been in before: going down 2-0. They will be overwhelmed early by the sheer talent of the Western Conference champions, and even LeBron won’t be able to save them.
Tristan Thompson can get as many rebounds as he wants and J.R. Smith can hit as many threes as he pleases, but Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green, and others combine to have Golden State in the driver’s seat early.
3. The series goes to seven games
While Golden State takes the early lead, the Cavaliers wake up and storm back, tying the series at 2-2 before forcing a game seven.
LeBron will be key as they make everybody think the Warriors are too young and inexperienced to deal with a team like the Cavs. But while that is certainly not true, James will try is best to convince people as he takes over the series.
Golden State rebounds to take game five, but a close game six falls into the hands of the Eastern Conference side. Game seven, scheduled to be held at Oracle Arena, will be a heck of a game.
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