June Means NBA Finals!


Courtesy of Tribune News Service

LeBron James celebrates as the Cavs clinch a back-to-back trip to the NBA Finals.

DeShawn Smith, Staff Reporter

With an exciting game seven between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors, the NBA Finals will be set and ready to go on Thursday, June 2. The final series between OKC and the Warriors was hard fought through all seven games. The Warriors came back from being two games behind.

The NBA finals will be a rematch of last years NBA finals. It will be the Golden State Warriors taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Golden State won last year’s showdown.

Last year the Cleveland Cavaliers were short-handed, losing Kevin Love in round one to Boston and Kyrie Irving in game one of the finals to Golden State.

This year is a whole different story. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love are all completely healthy and are all ready to go. The Cleveland Cavaliers are on a roll winning twelve of their last fourteen playoff games. They swept the Detroit Pistons in round one (4-0) and they swept the Atlanta Hawks in round two (4-0). The Toronto Raptors weren’t going to fall that easily but eventually lost in Game 6 in a 4-2 series.

The Golden State Warriors on the other hand had not so simple games. The beat the Houston Rockets and the Portland Trail Blazers in 5 games (4-1). Stephen Curry missing most of round two due to a MCL sprain. He was ready to go in the Western Conference Finals. Golden State only won one of the first four games of the Western Conference Finals to OKC. Then, they went on a three game win streak to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder (4-3).   

Will LeBron bring Cleveland a championship for the first time in franchise history or will Steph lead the Warriors to a second straight NBA championship?

LeBron James had following to say about the speculations about being the underdog in the Finals, “Not my concern. I don’t get involved in all of that — underdog, overdog, whatever the case may be. It’s stupidity.We’re better built to start the Finals than we were last year. Doesn’t matter who it’s against. I mean, that’s not a headline. It’s obvious,” reported ESPN.

Stephen Curry had the following things to say about LeBron James, “He’s been to the Finals six times. That’s crazy. You appreciate that greatness right there. I won’t be thinking about that on the court, but afterwards, you can appreciate the star power he brings and the high level of basketball it is,” according to San Jose Mercury News.

Fellow senior Darius White said, “This is going to be a great rematch. But I believe Cleveland will pull it off if Kyrie and Love stay healthy and 100 percent. [And if the Cavs can] just keep the Splash Bros off the three point line.”