First and foremost I’d like to congratulate both the Golden State Warrior and the Cleveland Cavaliers on making it to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year (It’s kinda impressive, since it has never been done before within 70 plus years the NBA has been in existence). Personally I feel the 2018 playoffs were more competitive than the 5 years prior, mostly every game I was able to watch (Which were many) had both teams putting forth a high amount efforts to the end of the game, also leading to multiple overtimes within the playoffs.
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Conference Finals were Exciting!!!
Both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals went to the 7th and final game to decided who would be representing the east and the west in the Finals. Coincidentally both the Cavaliers and the Warriors were the lower seed and had to go against their opponents ( Warriors were facing the Houston Rockets, while the Cavaliers were facing the Boston Celtics) in their home court in the final game. When you give playoff seasoned teams like the Cavs and Warriors one last game to decide whether they will make it to the Finals, it is hard to think they won’t seize the opportunity, and that was exactly what they were able to do as they defeated their opponent on their home court.
Conference Champion Merchandise
Take a look at the some of the Eastern and Western Conference Champion Merchandise available for the fans!!!
NBA Finals Up to This Point
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I have to say, game 1 went totally different from what I was expecting. I thought the Warriors were going to come out strong and give the fans a show of their offensive superiority ( This includes playing great defense to set up their offensive possessions), but Lebron and the Cavaliers came to the “Bay Area” with a mindset of pulling the upset on Golden State’s home court. The first half was a back and forth battle, yet the Cavaliers were able to separate the score, by gaining an 11 point lead over the Warriors, but the Warriors were able to even up the score by the end of the first half with their rapid scoring ability and finished with Curry hitting the near half-court shot which tied the game at the end of the first half.
In the second half the Warriors seemed to pick their game up (defensively and offensively), but Cleveland continued to keep the score close and took the lead late in the fourth quarter. Then came the offensive foul on Kevin Durant that was later reversed to a blocking foul on Lebron James by the officials after being reviewed within the last 2 minutes of the game ( Many were upset at the officials for reversing the call, but blocking foul was the right call), and Durant was able to tie the game after making both free throws. The Cavaliers still had an opportunity to beat the Warriors on their court but were unsuccessful as George Hill only made 1 of 2 free throws and after missing the second free throw, J.R. Smith got the rebound, but the Cavs were unable to get off a shot before the end of regulation, which lead to overtime. The Warriors were able to take and keep the lead as they went on to win game 1 of the NBA Finals.
The Warriors looked more focused on controlling the game in game 2, Durant who played good, but not as consistent in game 1 was back to his nearly unguardable self in the second Finals game. The Warriors team also seemed to start stronger defensively from the start of the game, which lead to them having a double-digit lead over the Cavaliers by halftime. The Cavs tried to keep it competitive, but the Warriors continued playing consistent on offense and defense. Then Steph Curry put on a scoring clinic, making shots that seem nearly impossible look easy. The Cavaliers were unable to close in on the point differential between them and the Warriors, and Golden State had taken another game, leading 2-0 in the Finals
I expect game 3 to be very exciting, and the Cleveland Cavaliers players and fans to bring their “A game”, but we’ll have to see if that will be enough to hold off the Golden State Warriors.