The road to the NBA Finals is not an easy feat. In fact, the money, time, and talent invested in attaining this illustrious title has become an obsession for various teams such as the Miami Heat, the Golden State Warriors, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. But with such glory comes incredible fairy tales. While we are not going to see the ultimate title go to the Miami Heat, we will be able to see a story of redemption, glory, and honor as the Golden State Warriors meet the Cleveland Cavaliers for the seven game series for the 2016 NBA Finals.
Since the rise of Stephen Curry, the rivalry between Golden State and Cleveland Cavaliers has gone beyond every basketball fan’s’ expectations. In this tale, we have two opposing teams with incredibly contrasting identities. For the Golden State Warriors, we have the new kids on the block who have redefined the game of basketball. With incredible tactical skills and unbelievable awe-inspiring shots, the Warriors have been able to capture the heart, the soul, and the essence that was once sparked by Michael Jordan’s 1994 Chicago Bulls. Their idea of teamwork and comradery has even proliferated their status as one of the most dominating teams in the West. But with every great comes a great challenge. On the other side, the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by the one and only Lebron James has personified the classic powerhouse team. Their built, stature, and reputation have allowed them to be a strong driving force within the East.
Now as much as we can discuss the overall players and managerial style, I have of course mention one of the biggest factors that makes this matchup so great, the idea of redemption. Just last year, these two teams faced off in one of the most illustrious NBA Finals we have ever seen. While there was much anticipation from Lebron James to bring home the title to his hometown Cleveland, the Western Conference Champs were able to sweep the holy grail with a 4 to 2 win six games series win. For the Warriors, the NBA 2015 finals was more than just a title, but a statement that a team is more important than an individual player. In addition, the Warriors were able to close out the night by giving the franchise their first title in forty years. Stories like that do not happen everyday. But then again, a rematch between the titans does not happen too often either.
For the 2016 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will once again meet for their chance for title glory. While we can always refer back to last season as a strong prediction for how this final will play out, we have to recognize the drastic difference both teams have endured during the 2015-2016 season. For the current champions, the Warriors were able to surpass the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls records for both the best start in NBA history and the 72 wins within a season. But as great as their season was, the Warriors seemed to struggle against OKC on their road to the finals. While the Cavs had a strong season, the dominance within the playoffs is something that cannot go unquestioned. Having taken out the Detroit, Atlanta, and Toronto with ease, fans and critics may have to consider that this may be the year Lebron finally delivers that title glory to Cleveland.
Only time will tell which team will take the title. All I know is that the battle between the Warriors and the Cavaliers will be one hell of a matchup.