Why the Conference Finals are really the NBA Finals in 2018

With the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors sleepwalking their way 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 Cavaliers.

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 score.

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 matchup.

Will the Rockets finally be the ones to challenge the Warriors?

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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