The NBA Finals Aren’t Over — Yet — but They Might as Well Be



The NBA Finals are close to being over, with the Golden State Warriors up 3-0. So far, the Stephen Curry-led Warriors have not lost a single game during the 2017 NBA Playoffs. Only two teams, the ’83 Philadelphia 76ers and the ’01 Los Angeles Lakers, have lost just one game throughout their respective NBA Playoffs runs.

If the Warriors win Game 4 on Friday, June 9th, they will be the first NBA team to go undefeated throughout an entire NBA Playoffs. With the star power the Warriors have — the first time in two decades, if not total NBA history — the “Big 4” were anticipated to win the 2017 NBA Finals. Even though LeBron James is arguably the best all-around player in the NBA right now, his Cavaliers are no match for the Warriors.

James has put forth an ever-competitive effort this postseason, ranking first in minutes played, total field goal attempts, 2-point field goals made, free throw attempts, free throws made, steals, points — and, unfortunately, turnovers.

Despite the Cleveland Cavaliers’ lack of performance this 2017 NBA Finals, LeBron James feels satisfied that the two dynasties of Golden State and Cleveland have clashed so frequently. Per James himself, “I think it’s just part of my calling to just go against teams in the midst of a dynasty.” Many other players would likely get discouraged in failing to dominate the Warriors, or at least put forth a solid competition, but LeBron feels it’s part of his job.

Last year brought forward the first instance of a team coming back from a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals to win. Nobody in their right mind predicted, or even found it feasible, for the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers to come back from such an overwhelming lead. While no sports analysts nor armchair quarterbacks are psychics, the possibility of the Cleveland Cavaliers coming back from a 3-0 lead to win the 2017 Finals is pretty much impossible.

However, with LeBron James leading the Cavs, anything is possible.

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