NBA Finals Game 7: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Golden State Warriors
Series tied 3-3
This year’s NBA Finals has been one roller-coaster ride. The Cleveland Cavaliers were written off by many critics and fans alike multiple times it seems during this Finals series. From being down 2-0, to being down 3-1 many thought the Cleveland Cavaliers were done. The media blasted the Cavs and LeBron James for once again not showing the leadership capable for leading the Cavaliers to their first franchise championship. The Cavs have won two straight games now to tie this series up at 3 games a piece. They are the first team in 50 years to accomplish this feat in the NBA Finals. And they look to be the first team in NBA History to erase a 3 games to 1 deficit to win the NBA Finals. 32 teams prior have tried and 32 teams have failed. LeBron James is the undisputed leader of this Cavaliers team and has seemingly figured the Warriors out. He leads both teams in every statistical category on offense this series. which is pretty remarkable when you think about it. He scored 41 points in both game 5 and game 6 respectively. Kyrie Irving has also come up huge scoring 41 points in game 5 and 23 points in game 6. The Cavaliers will have to really bring it if they want to win in Oracle Arena and bring their first championship home to Cleveland. The Warriors are looking to win back to back NBA titles. For the Warriors to do so they have to slow LeBron James down. LeBron is simply having his way with the Warriors right now and there looks to be nobody on the Warriors that can stop him. If they don’t find a way to do so it will be a huge problem for them. Stephen Curry also has to really get going offensively. He has been up and down offensively. He shot 8 of 20 from the field in game 6 and still finished with 30 points. However, he really had to work hard for those points. He also hurt his team throughout the game by staying in foul trouble and eventually fouling out of game 6 in the fourth quarter. Steph simply can not do this if he hopes to win. The Warriors also need big games from Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. The dark horse for the Warriors will be the play of Harrison Barnes who simply has been non-existent on offense these last few games. Can he step it up? A lot of factors remain to be seen. We will have to see what happens when game 7 comes on Sunday evening. This game should be an instant classic.