Reasons to care about the NBA Finals
Because... It’s fun to talk about local guys and their success
With Klay Thompson, Kevin Love, and Jordan Bell all having local ties to the Northwest many around here have their eyes on one of it not all of the local guys as we gear up for the 2018 NBA Finals.
Warriors SG Klay Thompson: Alright, alright Klay technically grew up in California for the most part, but he did spend his younger years of grade school in Lake Oswego. And, as a Washington State alum and his father, Mychal Thompson, playing ball for the Blazers from ’78-86, it’s hard not to think of Klay as a NW kid. In Thompson’s previous three Finals appearances vs. Cleveland he has averaged 19.3 ppg.
Because... It’s fun to talk about local guys and their success (cont.)
Warriors PF Jordan Bell: For a rookie with the Warriors, Bell has been getting some serious minutes in the playoffs with Andre Iguodala out. The former Oregon Duck is averaging a little over nine minutes per game and has added some nice flare on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Iguodala has now missed the last four Warrior games with a left knee injury and his still trying to address the injury—Which, means… Keep an eye on this #ProDucks first Finals appearance.
Cavs PF Kevin Love: Over the years many around Rip City have wished that the Lake Oswego native would return to Portland and play for the Blazers. With Love having an injury-riddled season/career, fans in the NW could get on board with him getting his second Championship ring. Love is still under the NBA’s concussion protocol and as of Tuesday morning his status for Game 1 of the Finals is unknown.
Because… Gambling can be fun
Trying to make the NBA Finals more interesting? Nothing revs up the excitement like laying down a few bucks on the games!
The Cavs are currently sitting as 12 point underdogs (+12) to Golden State for Game 1. This is a historically high point spread. Perhaps though, the bet to be made would be a 1st half only bet. The Warriors struggled the last two games of the Conference Finals in the first half, only to pour it on in the third quarter. Will this trend continue? You can get Cleveland +7 points in the first half!
The Warriors currently sit at -900 to win the series (bet $90 to win $10). Playing those sort of odds probably won’t make the series very exciting for you, but you could put a little down on the Cavs at +550 ($10 wins $55) to keep things interesting.
*For entertainment purposes only. Lines as of Tuesday 5/29 AM.
Because… Historically this is crazy even for LeBron James
While the Warriors own two of the last three NBA Championship Titles a lot of the eyes will be on LeBron James as he returns to the Finals hoping to bring another title back to ‘The Land’.
How many finals has LeBron been to?
9 Finals appearances and oh by the way, yes, this is his 8th straight appearance
What’s LeBron’s Finals record?
How does this fuel the LBJ over MJ for greatest player ever debate?
Michael Jordan went a perfect 6/6 in the Finals. So there’s that, but do you think if LeBron wins it this year this debate could end?
But think about this…
LeBron is in his 15th seasons in the league. He’s already played more career minutes than Jordan and that even is counting MJ’s two seasons with the Wizards.
What’s next for LeBron?
Where will LeBron start his next chapter? Houston? Philadelphia? This could be his last run in Cleveland.
Because… The Warriors want to keep their dynasty going
Did you ever really doubt that the Warriors would be heading back to the NBA Finals?
Yeah, Houston had the best regular season record and the best net rating for the season, but for real, it’s the Golden State Warriors!
And, despite failing to get to 60 wins this season or being able to secure the West’s No. 1 seed for the first time since 2013-14, the Warriors talent and postseason experience has led them back to a fourth straight Finals meeting against the Cavs.
This is how we look at it… Either way, if you’re rooting for Golden State to do a victory lap and win its third straight Finals championship, or you’re rooting against that, those are two pretty big reasons why you should care about this year’s NBA Finals.