The Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors will be meeting in the Western Conference Finals this year while the Cleveland Cavaliers will either be facing the Philadelphia 76ers or the Boston Celtics. This year is the first year since 2014 that the Warriors will not have home court advantage in a series for the playoffs. The Celtics are winning in the Eastern Conference Semi-final series versus the 76ers with a 3-1 lead. My pick for the Western Conference champion are the Warriors because they have too many stars that the Rockets won’t be able to guard. Also, I believe that the Warriors play together better than the Rockets do.
Now that the Eastern Conference Finals and Western Conference Finals are on their way we know that the Cavaliers will be playing the Celtics. Their first matchup was Sunday night and the Celtics surprisingly came out with a huge win. Beating the Cavaliers by around 20 points. Marcus Morris played great defense against Lebron and held him under 20 points. As I expected, the Warriors beat the Rockets in their first matchup. My predictions for these match ups are Cavaliers in 7 games and Warriors in 6 games.
Recently there has been rumors going around the NBA about Lebron James possibly signing with the Golden State Warriors in free-agency after the season. Most people have said that they would have no respect for Lebron and they wouldn’t support him anymore if went to Golden State. Suprisingly, former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal stated that he thinks Lebron should go to Golden State, get three more rings and be known as the greatest player of all time. In an interview Lebron says that anything said about him that doesn’t come from his mouth is not true. Then he told the reporters to start focusing on the present Cavaliers team. I was angry when Kevin Durant joined the winningest team in the history of the NBA, I can’t imagine how I would feel if the arguably greatest player of all time joined a team with 4 other all stars.
Even though the Cavaliers have a record of 31-22 , they were losing games by huge amounts they have never lost by before. Every player on the team was angry over the situation and Lebron was by far the most angry. There have been many rumors about how Lebron James has a huge impact for the front office of the Cavaliers. This helps support the rumors because 6 players were traded away from the Cavaliers today. Cleveland sent Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye to the Lakers for Jordan Clarkson, the Cavs’ 2018 first round pick and Larry Nance Jr. Then right after that, the Cavaliers trade away Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert and receive Rodney Hood and George Hill. Also they traded Dwayne Wade to the heat for a 2018 second round pick. The Cavaliers have a good record, but have been losing by insane amounts recently. We will see how the Cavaliers play with all of their new players.