Going into the first rematch in NBA Finals history, I can’t think of a person who thought Golden State would sweep Cleveland or vice versa. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your position on things) that is the case.
Before I dive into the current situation, take a look at my NBA Finals prediction podcast, co-hosted by my son AJ Rupp from Dapper Sports. We express our opinion on why every team has a chance to win this.
March 14 marks the beginning of a 14-game winning streak for the Warriors, which ended with an April 10 loss to the Utah Jazz in Oakland. They then began their current 16-game winning streak with a 30-1 record in the last 31 games. They just won’t lose. They’ve shown the trend to be true by sweeping everyone into the playoffs, and they’re on track to do the same for the Cavs tonight.
To keep the summary of games one through three short, Cleveland was destroyed in games one and two, but they returned to their home court with a little hope and determination. The Cavaliers had a chance in the long run of this series until Kevin Durant knocked down that three clutch in Game 3 to take the lead with forty seconds to go. That play changed the outcome of that game and, ultimately, the series.
The Cavs are down 3-0. We all know the beast that is Lebron James, who helped lift his team out of the depths of a 3-1 deficit last year to beat the Warriors in historic fashion. As a competitor, you must maintain a confident mindset that your team will come out ahead when it experiences adversity. You can see that optimism in JR Smith’s initial tweet after Game 3 that read: “Cavs at 7.” Since then, the tweet has been deleted. He maintains that statement, but claims that he was not the one who published it. Regardless, confidence and maximum effort can only go so far. They have to run. Every player has to be on AND firing at full blast. Let’s not forget that history is definitely not on your side:
Teams with a 3-0 lead in a best-of-7 series of any kind are 126-0 all-time.
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The Warriors have already set the record for the longest postseason winning streak in any league (15). Will the Warriors end the season tonight having swept every opponent in their path, or will Lebron lead the Cavs down the long road to the best comeback of all time?