Why the Conference Finals
are really the NBA Finals in 2018

With the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors
sleepwalking to the championship yet again, fans really need the Houston Rockets
to provide some parody before the 2018 NBA Finals begin. 

After the Cavaliers embarrassed the Toronto Raptors with
another series sweep, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference looked anything,
but competitive Monday night. The overall impression was that this Raptors team
just quit after Game 3. 

King James and his Cavs had been haunting the Raptors for
years, as they have 10 consecutive playoff wins during the DeMar DeRozan-Kyle
Lowry era. It is scary to see the Raptors, being one of the premier teams in the East, not even be a
hurdle for the Cavilers. 

The top seed in the east is set to blow up, and may become
an entirely different team after failing expectations year after year. While
some say the blame should be on Head Coach Dwayne Casey, the real sense is that
DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lawry aren’t panning out for the Toronto Raptors. 

With all due respect to the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia
76ers, no one from the Eastern Conference will be a serious threat, if the Golden
State Warriors make the 2018 NBA Finals.   

Even though The King is playing some of the best basketball
in his life, this specific roster doesn’t have anywhere near the firepower the
Warriors do. It is just simple, Golden State has too many weapons. 

Now that Steph Curry is healthy, and with his fellow four All-Stars
playing at a high level, this Warriors team seems unstoppable.   

Yes, LeBron is playing light out, and his team is playing
well (especially Kevin Love) – they still are no match for the Warriors. King
James might have to average 50 points just to even be competitive with Golden
State, because it will be very difficult for his team overall to match the

It will be hard to see James lose another Finals, let alone embarrassed.
I hope that this doesn’t happen, and think that you might agree: it’s time to see a different NBA Finals matchup.
I guess it would be cool from a historic perspective, seeing LeBron make his
way to eight consecutive NBA appearances, and a fourth Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals
in a row. 

The mutual feeling of seeing a NBA title repeat though, once
again, will not be so elated. This is why fans have long awaited the Rockets-Warriors

Will the Rockets finally be the ones to challenge the

Rockets look to close out their 3-1 series over the Utah
Jazz tonight, and more importantly, bring their A-game next round against the
defending champs.

Photo by Erik Drost (LeBron James vs. Steph Curry) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


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