The NBA Playoffs are providing some exciting moments, but there’s a sense of foreboding that began in last year’s NBA Finals.
The Cleveland Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 deficit to give Cleveland its first major team championship against the Golden State Warriors. The reactions were relentless, with constant memes reminding the world that the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead.
That extended to a reaction from Golden State in the form of Kevin Durant. He former league MVP signed with Golden State with one goal: to win a championship.
It always appeared Golden State and Cleveland became prepared to collide. It seems inevitable we’re getting a third encounter between the Cavaliers and Warriors.
Many don’t seem to think that’s a good idea. The latest on The Ringer suggest a scenario to make the playoffs more exciting. There’s convincing and great ideas, but it just isn’t the right time.
Retired great Kobe Bryant weighed in on how a Warriors/Cavs III matchup wouldn’t be bad for the NBA. He questioned why it would be bad for the game of basketball in an interview with ESPN.com’s Jackie McMullan. Bryant stated below:
“Just because it’s preordained that’s a bad thing? I know I’m going to wake up in the morning. Is that a bad thing? I don’t think it is.”
While Bryant may be oversimplifying the potential bout, he does hold validity to the claim.
Rematches do sell tickets. The Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons went to war with each other in 1989 and 1990, splitting the series. The Chicago Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz in back-to-back finals in 1997 and 1998, with both featuring memorable moments. The Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs split championship victories with each other in 2013 and 2014.
What would make this potential third act memorable is all about answering the big question that lingered in both of their encounters: “What if”.
What if Kevin Love didn’t get hurt in the 2015 postseason? Would the Warriors still have brought in their first title in 40 years?
What if Draymond Green didn’t get himself suspended for his antics? Would the Cavaliers obliterate that 3-1 hole last year?
Regardless of what you think of these teams on a personal level, these are questions worth answering. This third championship encounter between the two would bring a full sense of finality to their rivalry.
This isn’t about a feud that had a team win twice in a row, nor is it about a tale of revenge. Those stories are over. We have a new tale to tell.
This tale is about the unstoppable force meeting the immovable object for the third time. You can flip-flop these sayings in describing the Cavs and Warriors.
Granted, both teams would need to get past the Conference Finals. The Cavaliers will meet the winner of the Boston Celtics/Washington Wizards matchup. The Warriors await the winner of the San Antonio Spurs/Houston Rockets matchup.
If both the Cavs and Warriors make it to this year’s NBA Finals, we will have our questions answered. The lingering “what if” will end once and for all. And then, we can move on for a new story to be told in the game of basketball.
Wouldn’t that be something? No more wondering and posturing would dominate this encounter. Only the last chapter would feature these two teams vying who is the top NBA team today.
It is inevitable that the Cavs and Warriors meet once more. All we have to do is sit back and watch.
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