Game one of the NBA Finals takes place tonight at 6pm Pacific time, which means the city of Cleveland won’t be up and running until at least noon tomorrow. If you plan on doing business with anyone in Cleveland tomorrow, make sure it’s after 12pm (and a bunch of coffee/Tylenol). That’s the official NBA post-game-one-loss hangover start time.
Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals has already reached heights that no other Finals series have ever reached, and we haven’t even tipped off yet.
According to ESPN, Ticketmaster and Stubhub:
Ticketmaster, the official resale site for the team, said the average price paid for a ticket is $1,023, while StubHub said the average price paid on its site is $1,535. That’s almost $1,000 more than what fans have paid for Game 1s over the past four Finals.
To say that people are excited about this Finals series would be an understatement larger than saying “San Andreas looks like a terrible movie”. Sorry Dwayne Johnson, but seriously that movie looked bad the first time it was made back in 2009 when it was called “2012″.
Or my personal favorite, “Earthquake” starring Charlton Heston and Eva Gardner in 1974:
But anyway, I digress…
I originally predicted (click here) Cavs in 6 games, Lebron cementing himself in the Mount Rushmore of NBA basketball by wining a third NBA championship and third Finals MVP award.
BUT, (huge ass) after much deliberation and self-medicating, I’m slightly changing my prediction to Cavs in 7 games.
- I think the Cavs steal game 1 tonight. Lebron’s been here 6 times now, YES this is his 6th NBA Finals appearance. Lebron has experience on his side and he’s leading not only his teammates and coaching staff, but also leading his city like he is Chris Pratt in the new Jurassic Park movies. Does that make Iman Shumpert, JR Smith, Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgof the raptors?
- I LOVE STEPH CURRY and the rest of the Splash Bros entire squad. I have a full passion bucket for that team. They will win a championship in the next few years. BUT, this isn’t the year. This is the learning year for them, much like Lebron’s first years in Cleveland and then his first year in Miami when he made the Finals and DIDN’T win.
- Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgof down low in the paint have been unbelievable for the Cavs in the playoffs. Which is a completely SILLY statement to make, 6 months ago everyone would’ve said, Who? If Golden State goes with a small lineup, which is what they did against Houston, then Cleveland will counter with a small lineup that puts Lebron at the Power Forward spot. Then you’re looking at Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson guarding Lebron, while JR Smith, Iman Shumpert and Mathew Dellavedova (the Aussie Assassin) wait on the outside to stroke threes. In addition to that, in this same lineup situation, the Cavs still have Tristan Thompson causing havoc on the boards and in the lane while the Warriors have Bogut on the bench. Lebron has his teammates playing above their natural abilities and talent level. He’s making others better than they’ve ever been, that’s a the mark of a true leader and great player. Seriously, I’m talking about JR Smith, Iman Shumpert and Mathew Dellavedova……what Lebron is doing with these guys is ridiculous.
- Kyrie Irving will be playing for Cleveland. He’s not 100% healthy, but he’s had over 2 weeks of rest now. If he’s even 75% of his normal self, he adds ANOTHER shooter and play-maker for Lebron to play off of. ALSO, you know there will be a JR Smith/Iman Shumpert game at some point in this series. Those two schmucks will get hot and poor-decision-shoot themselves into a single-game win for Cleveland, and then Lebron will single-handedly win 2 games for Cleveland because no one can hold him. That makes it a 3-3 tie series going into game 7, and I have a hard time betting against Lebron James in a game 7 in the NBA Finals at this stage in his career.
- Here’s the big one: Cleveland is a better defensive team than Golden State. They may not get the credit that they deserve, but in these playoffs they are a lock down defensive team AND have two huge shot-blockers in the paint behind them. Steph Curry tries hard, but can’t defend a remotely healthy Kyrie or Lebron. Klay Thompson can defend several positions, but he’ll have to guard Lebron and/or help off his man when Lebron drives the ball. Same analysis pertains to Draymond Green as well. LASTLY, when Lebron gets to the rim, who’s stopping him?? If you’re a Golden State fan, and you can seriously look me in the eye and say that Andrew Bogut is gonna protect the rim when Lebron is attacking and Tristan Thompson cleans the glass like WINDEX!?!?
Lebron’s Cavs win it in 7 games.
Steph Curry and company will regroup and be back here again next season. This is going to be a great series, 7 games and all of them will be close.