10 - 06
By Guillaume Mahot
Would the Golden State Warriors sweep the Cleveland Cavaliers in finals of the NBA playoffs 2017? The question, until today, was not even to know who between the Warriors and the Cavs would win the league. After their 3-0 within three games, and a last victory in Ohio, Golden State had everything to make it and was heading to a 4-0 and sixteen victories for no defeat in these playoffs.
The Cavs won yesterday, but that does not change my mind, and I still consider Golden State as the next NBA champion. I think the most important for Cleveland now is to avoid humiliation and to win a couple of games. This is all they can hope for. I do not believe in a comeback.
This being said, let us note that the Cavs brilliantly won at home 137-116 last night, 3-1 in the series but the upcoming games are in Oakland…American Nigerian Andre Iguodala did not bring a lot (4 points), just like Stephen Curry (14 points) and Klay Thompson (13 points). Kevin Durant was the leader for the Warriors with 35 points.
On Cleveland’s side, Kyrie Irving was the best scorer of the game with 40 points (23 for Kevin Love, 31 for LeBron James). The confrontation between those two fierce attacks is logically turning to oppositions overtaking the 100 points per team, and the key to success seems to be the ability and precision in attack more than any defensive skills, although players like Green, Pachulia and Thompson remain essential.
The Warriors can conclude the series and the finals at home. I think they will do so, even if Cleveland showed they could do better than what they proposed in the first three games. The answer shortly.