Analysis: What to expect with the NBA Finals

I’ve been off this website since I don’t really know what I could write that hasn’t already been written. But I’ll check in more often this week, as we get closer to the start of the NBA Finals.

As great as the Warriors are, I can’t see them sweeping the Cavs. LeBron James is simply a tough guy to play against. Any team that has managed to beat a team with LeBron in it deserves a lot of credit. The Warriors did it once two years ago. They may very well do it again.

Obviously, last year’s Finals were of high significance to LeBron and the city of Cleveland. Back in 2010, when LeBron announced he would be heading off to Miami to join the Heat, the announcement was not very well-received over there. After four straight Finals appearances as a member of the Heat, he chose to go back to Cleveland and try to get their city an NBA championship. He did just that last year. Now he wants to do it again.

But I can only imagine that the Warriors will never get over the fact that they could’ve beat the Cavs last season, with a regular season winning record that beat that of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. I’m sure they’re going to do everything to win this series and take back the embarrassing loss of last year.

All in all, I see a lot of significance attached to this upcoming Finals series. If the Warriors can somehow win this series, this would prove that they are the most talented Western Conference team the NBA has seen since the early-00’s Los Angeles Lakers. If the Cavs manage to win this, this would seal the deal that LeBron is the best player of our generation and is worthy of comparisons to the great Michael Jordan. Should be a classic series — that’s for sure!

 

Kawhi Leonard officially makes list for MVP candidates

Congratulations to the San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard for making the final list for this year’s NBA MVP award. The other candidates for MVP are Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and James Harden of the Houston Rockets. (Notably, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers was left off that list.)

Now that we have the final list of candidates, who do you think will win this award? Who do you think should win it? Also, do you think LeBron should’ve been on this list? Leave a comment down below and let me know your thoughts.

Best Spurs team that made the NBA Finals?

We’ve still got two more days until the next game in this Spurs-Warriors series. I don’t know what else to write, but I did think of something. So, if you’re a Spurs fan, which do you think was the best Spurs team that made the NBA Finals?

  • 1998-99 season
  • 2002-03 season
  • 2004-05 season
  • 2006-07 season
  • 2012-13 season
  • 2013-14 season

For me, I think the 1998-99 team will always be special since that was the first season the Spurs won a championship. But the 2013-14 season was pretty special too. We came so close to winning in 2013, and that 2014 Finals series was a golden opportunity for a rematch with the Miami Heat. Back then, the Heat were the most popular team in basketball. And we beat the Heat!

Sure, it wasn’t our first time beating a team with LeBron James in it (that would be the 2007 Finals). But we were in a match-up against the Heat at the height of popularity for the LeBron-led Heat. That’s like if the Spurs were to have faced the Jordan-era Bulls in the Finals in the 1990’s.

Some might argue that the 2004-05 team was special for a variety of reasons, possibly including the fact that the 2005 Finals pitted Coach Pop’s Spurs against former Spurs coach Larry Brown’s Detroit Pistons. If anything, Larry Brown proved to be a pretty good coach outside of the Spurs to get that series to a Game 7. But, in my opinion, no one compares to Pop (except Phil Jackson, Steve Kerr, and some other people I may be forgetting to include).

I don’t know. You tell me. Which was your favorite Spurs team from the seasons on this list? Comment down below and tell me what you think.

Opinion: One way for Kawhi Leonard to be named MVP

Last night was absolutely disappointing. My gut was telling me the Spurs would not win last night, as reflected in my analysis of Game 1. However, I wanted to believe that the Spurs would win this game, mainly because of how Coach Pop was talking about the game. I should’ve trusted my gut on this one.

Kawhi Leonard is such a great player that he makes playing against the Golden State Warriors look easy. Clearly, it’s not easy, because the Spurs’ rhythm has been off ever since Leonard was taken out of Game 1 on Sunday.

But, you know what? I know a way Leonard can be named MVP, despite all the talk of other players like James Harden being the front-runner for MVP. If he pulls this off, his name should be mentioned in the same sentence as Michael Jordan.

If Kawhi Leonard gets the OK to return to the series and somehow helps the Spurs win this series, that alone should make him MVP.

In fact, that would make a strong case that the Warriors are an overrated team. Golden State may have a very strong lineup not unlike that of the Jordan-era Chicago Bulls, but in such a case, it would be very clear that they don’t have their own version of Jordan.

For all the media hype of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and even Steph Curry being “the next Michael Jordan,” I can’t name a single situation in which any of those players single-handedly got their team out of a 0-2 deficit to win a playoff series. (Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.)

If Kawhi Leonard can somehow pull this off, given that he’s healthy enough to return to the series, this series could end up being one of the greatest NBA playoff series in history and certainly one of the best in Spurs history. (I don’t think anything will ever top the Memorial Day Miracle in 1999 or Game 5 of the 1999 NBA Finals, as far as legendary moments in Spurs history are concerned.)

Not only that, Kawhi Leonard would be considered one of the greatest players in NBA history — possibly the best player in the history of the Spurs franchise.

This series isn’t over just yet. Let’s just wait and see if Kawhi Leonard is healthy enough to return. If he is, we may be looking at a very hard-fought six- or seven-game series. And we may very well be looking at another future Spurs legend in Kawhi Leonard.