Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sports: NBA Finals 2016


The reigning champs play in a rematch of last year's NBA finals  with a chance to repeat or redemption for their opponent. The storyline is a bit different this year, with fewer injuries on the Cleveland Cavaliers and a weakened Steph Curry for the Golden State Warriors. I was kind of looking forward to a change in teams with at least Oklahoma City making it, but the Warriors powered through with three wins straight to prevent elimination. It was quite shocking but I guess the two best teams remain here at the end. I look forward to this rematch and still predict the Warriors to take home the trophy despite everything we've seen so far this playoffs. 

I'll be keeping a running commentary of the games throughout the NBA Finals as these two teams battle for the title of champion. I'm curious to see how Lebron James fares with a better team behind him and vengeance for last year on his mind. James has won championships with the Miami Heat, but it would be a truly great accomplishment to bring a trophy to his hometown. Cleveland has suffered a championship drought for quite some time and as an Atlanta fan, I know how important that can be to a city.

If the Warriors win, it will solidify their title. Some critics claimed that with the Cavaliers not at full strength last year, it didn't count. Steph Curry has brushed all that off and even faced criticism from his opponent when he took home the MVP trophy. 

Either way, this promises to be an exciting rematch that will be as unpredictable as it is entertaining!
Game 1: The Warriors strike first with a 15-point win over the Cavaliers. Golden State has the home field advantage but also looked strong with several players other than Stephen Curry like Shaun Livingston and Draymond Green having the highest scoring totals. Cleveland will have to turn it around next game to not fall two games behind. Still a lot left to play in this NBA Finals!
Game 2: In a blowout, Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers by 33 points. The series heads to Cleveland where Lebron James and Kyrie Irving hope to stop the reigning champions.
Game 3: Back at home, the Cavaliers turn the table and beat the Warriors by thirty points. Cleveland had a much better game with Kyrie Irving and Lebron James playing better with the advantage of Golden State. This series could get interesting if the Cavaliers win again and tie it up.
Game 4: In the most competitive game of the series, Golden State tops Clevland. A contentious game, Stephen Curry led the Warriors, who made record number of 3-points, to defeat a frustrated Lebron James and the Cavaliers. The Warriors are only one game away from continuing their reign as the champions of the NBA and are headed home for the next game.
Game 5: The Cavs rally back to beat the Warriors by 15 points. Cleveland returns home with momentum but still in a must-win scenario as they face Golden State in their home arena. 
Game 6: With the Finals on the line, the Cavaliers defeat the Warriors by 14 points. Cleveland heads to Golden State for the final game of the basketball season.
Game 7: In a game down to the line, the Cleveland Cavaliers end their city's drought of championships to win the NBA Finals against the Golden State Cavaliers by four points.

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