So far during the 2017 NBA postseason, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors have dismantled their opponents in impressive fashion.
The Cavaliers have played with a different type of mindset ever since their opponent the Indiana Pacers failed attempt to win game one in the first round of the playoffs. In regards to the Warriors, they have played up to their potential in the playoffs like everyone thought they would have done all along.
What I have noticed about this year’s version of the Warriors in the playoffs is that when all of their core players i.e. Steph Curry, Clay Thompson, Draymond Green, and new addition Kevin Durant are making shots, they are hard to defeat.
I noticed that first hand when the Warriors faced the Portland Trail-Blazers in game one of the first round of the playoffs. Draymond Green had one of his best games of the 2017 postseason when he had 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, five blocked shots and three steals against Portland in game one.
To go along with Green’s stellar performance, teammate Kevin Durant chimed in with 32 points and ten rebounds. If three out of the big four are having an off night, one is bound to catch fire at moments notice like Kevin Durant did Saturday Night when he scored 38 points against the Utah Jazz in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
It is highly possible that the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers could be undefeated at the time the face each other in the NBA Finals for the third time in three years. Right now, you do not hear a lot of folks complaining about how LeBron James rested during various games in the regular season.
The benefit of LeBron taking off certain games of the regular season is that Cavaliers are cruising through the playoffs in the Eastern Conference right now. The Cavaliers and Warriors will face each other in the NBA Finals once again; it’s only a matter of time until we witness the trilogy matchup between these two dominant franchises.