2016 NBA Finals preview


Nick Frisina

June is here and the NBA Finals are upon us. This year’s NBA Finals bring a rematch from last season as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers go against “Splash Brothers” Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors. The Cavs will be seeking revenge against their new rival after losing to the Warriors last season in six games.
This time around the Cavs look to take vengeance against the Warriors. Last year the Cavs had an unlucky playoff run. The Cavs lost Kevin Love to a dislocated shoulder in the series against the Celtics. Cleveland also lost point guard Kyrie Irving to a knee injury in Game 1 of the Finals. Those injuries left the team’s fate in Lebron James’ hands. Those injuries also allowed some bench players to show the world who they were. Without Irving, the Cavs had Matthew Dellevadova run the point guard position, and he played a big role for the Cavs.
However, the Warriors had a healthy roster and have another healthy roster this year as well. Many are predicting the Warriors to win the title this year again. After all they did have the best regular season record in NBA history with a record of 73-9, and they also have the unanimous MVP on their team, Steph Curry. But I predict that if the Cavs remain healthy and play together as a team they will have a pretty good chance to avenge their loss from last season.
The Rambler reached out to the Prep students to get their opinion on this year’s finals. Adam Lawson, a big time Cleveland sports fan had this to say, “It’s great to see the Cavs go into the Finals two years in a row. Hopefully they bring an end to the championship drought in Cleveland.”
We also reached out to Prep basketball star, junior Jaryn Simpson, to get his opinion on the series. “I honestly believe that this series will go to Game 6 or 7 to determine the NBA Finals Champion,” he said. “In my opinion, I believe that Cleveland will win this time. Every team loves revenge and it is the same matchup as last year. Plus, the Cleveland Cavaliers are healthier this year playing with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Overall, this should be a excellent series to watch.”
This year’s NBA Finals begin on Thursday, June 2 at 9 p.m. on ABC. Make sure you tune in to see the best of the best battle for the title.