If the Warriors beat the Cavs tonight to win back to back NBA titles, nobody will have a sadder Michael Jordan face than NBA legend Oscar Robertson. He, and other Warriors naysayers, have whined to anyone that will listen that Golden State isn’t a historically great team. They say Steph Curry and Golden State are a bi-product of an offensive friendly NBA era, but couldn’t win in the old NBA. They haven’t paid their dues like past champions. Enough.
With a win tonight, the Warriors historic greatness will be undeniable, even to the most ardent generational haters. They’ll have coasted through the NBA over the past two seasons en route to two NBA titles. Today in the Herd, Colin said the Warriors don’t have to pay their dues like past champions, because they’re just too good.
“For two years now, if they win tonight, the Warriors will have gone 172 – 35 in the tougher Western Division. That’s what I’ve said about Alabama. It’s not that Alabama’s winning titles, it’s that their route is tougher, and they’re still dominating. That’s historically relevant.”
Colin argued that the Warriors have taken over the NBA like a 20 something tech billionaire. They didn’t struggle to climb to the top of the NBA ladder, they just went straight to the top floor.
“Golden State is perfectly placed in Silicon Valley. Where young people get extraordinarily rich, faster than their grandparents, or their father. In America, when you get rich at 45 – 50, you always appreciate your wealth, because you went through a grind. Michael Jordan went through a grind. Kobe and Shaq went through a grind. Isaiah Thomas went through a grind. Larry Bird went through a grind. The Warriors don’t have to.”
Even though the Warriors hold an effortless 3 – 1 Finals lead, the media and public discussion has focused on what the Cavs haven’t done, rather than crediting the dominance of probably the greatest offensive team in league history.
The best illustration of the Warriors dominance and remarkable depth is Sixth man Andre Iguodala.
“He doesn’t start for the Warriors. He would start for every other team. Be the best player on six teams. And the second best player on another 12 – 15. He doesn’t start for them. He’s a Finals MVP. We’re not giving Golden State credit.”
Golden State will enter Game 5 tonight without the services of Draymond Green, but it may not matter. Even though Green is arguably the Finals MVP, Colin thinks the Warriors machine will steamroll to their second title in his absence.
“I don’t think it matters if Draymond Green plays tonight. I think he’s important. I think the Warriors are less of a team. But I think they’ll beat the Cavs anyway.”
Vegas also thinks the Warriors will close out the series tonight, even without Green. They list Golden State as an 8-point favorite, clinching back to back NBA titles.
#NBAFinals Game 5:
Warriors -8 vs. Cavs
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