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June 7, 2017

Turning Point Or Turn Away?

by Larry Leek



Clevelands Been No Match For Golden State Thru 2.    The Game Haus

With the Cleveland Cavaliers down 2-0 against Golden State yet again in the NBA Finals and the Warriors looking unbeatable again (Sound Familiar), it reminds My Sports Mind of LONG ago, well this time last season to be exact when Cleveland was in the same situation, down two games to zip having also been dominated in both of the first two games. The Warriors have defeated Cleveland by an average of 20.5 ppg over the first two games in this year’s finals compared to 24 ppg after the first two in 2016’s finals.

The Cavaliers however proved ALL of the media wrong in last years finals after they had all but written the Cavs. off ready to hand the trophy to the team that had just broken the single season win total previously held by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls with a 73-9 record breaking the old mark set by the Bulls by one game. The Cavs managed to come back at against the Warriors after losing the first two games on the road by taking game three at home and three of the next four.

Many still believe however that had PF Draymond Green not been suspended for game five the finals would have had a different outcome BUT  alas Sports Minds will never know.

Flash forward to the present and once again the Cavaliers find themselves down AGAIN two games to zip, dropping the first two at GS and preparing to scrap for their lives at home against a much improved (Roster wise) Golden State Warriors team, after the Warriors got what they felt would be the X-Factor at the end of last season when they snatched former Western Conference rival Oklahoma City Thunder’s SF Kevin Durant after Durant had finally had enough, falling short making the NBA finals each year by deciding “If you can’t beat em, join em” and in the process, ditching former teammate PG Russell Westbrook.

Many feel that Durant is the 2nd best player in the NBA, behind only the king himself.

This season however with the addition of Durant, it could be a near impossible task for Lebron James and company to overcome, so the outcome may well be a reversal of last seasons heroic comeback by Cleveland. There is one bright spot however, even with the addition of Durant the average margin of victory is is actually 3.5 pts. lower over the first two games vs the first two last season when Golden State won by an average of 24.0 ppg.

Game three gets underway tonight at 9:00 PM on ABC.

This is Whats On My Sports Mind about this subject:


NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors


From what this ole Sports Mind has witnessed thus far, I would have to say it’s going to be EXTREMELY tough for Lebron to pick up his fourth title in eight tries. The King just cannot win it by himself, so if the Cavs. expect a repeat of last year King James is going to have to get some help from teammates PF Kevin Love, SG JR Smith, PG Kyrie Irving and C Tristan Thompson. Thus far only Love has played up to his potential in the series.

In My Sports Mind Tonight could be either a “Turning Point Or Turn Away” for the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Even with the addition of Durant the Cavs. have managed NOT to quite stink up the joint as bad as they did in the first two games of last years finals, SO there is a chance.

Whats On Your Sports Mind about this subject?





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