The Cavs thought they had a legitimate chance heading into the Finals against the Warriors. So did many experts. After blowouts in Games 1 and 2, it’s clear the Cavs have a better shot at winning the Super Bowl this year than winning the NBA championship.
Today in The Herd, Colin said the Cavs don’t have a shot in the Finals because Golden State isn’t a great team, they’re a historic buzz saw.
“I believe Golden State is the greatest, fastest, most explosive offense in the history of team basketball.”
The Warriors are loaded. In the last two years they’re 170 – 34. They have arguably the two greatest shooters in NBA history in Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Because Steph Curry hasn’t been paid a max contract, they have the luxury of affording bench contributors like Andre Iguodala, Sean Livingston.
The biggest question right now isn’t whether the Warriors will win, it’s what will LeBron do after the Cavs lose? The Warriors aren’t going anywhere, and it’s clear this version of the Cavs can’t compete with them. Colin doesn’t think LeBron will leave Cleveland if the Cavs lose, but he’s definitely going to blow up the roster.
If the Cavs blow overhaul the roster, smart money is on Kevin Love being the first casualty. He’s been underwhelming and inconsistent during his tenure with the Cavs. So far in The Finals, it’s hard to justify playing him because he’s such a defensive liability.
Chris Mannix, of Yahoo! Sports and The Vertical, agreed with Colin that Love will be the first to go if the Cavs lose the series.
“If this series continues at this pace, there’s a good chance Kevin Love gets moved.”
The reality is that LeBron is still remarkable, but at 31, he’s past his physical prime. He needs a supporting cast now more than ever. As Colin phrased it, “LeBron’s not Superman anymore, he’s Batman, he needs, tools, and a really good car.”