It’s Game 5 in the NBA Finals and I am pumped up and ready to see this game. With the series tied 2-2, Golden State Warriors will be hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, California tonight. Game 5 always sets the tone for the rest of the games. This is a “best of 3” series and I desperately want the series to last 7 games.
I have not been terribly impressed with the series thus far. The first two overtime games should have been won in regulation if one MVP or former MVP on either team made their final shots. (ahem, cough, LeBron & Stephen Curry, cough) I want superstars and the best players on teams to make those final shots. That’s what greatness is all about.
I shouldn’t wonder if the game is going into overtime when my superstar has the ball with seconds left to play. Instead, I should be readying my 140 characters for my taunting tweets about how my superstar is legendary. But I didn’t get that in game 1 or 2. It made me miss the clutch days of Kobe and Michael.
Game three was a good win for Cleveland because Golden State didn’t show up till the fourth quarter. Literally, Golden State didn’t even arrive in the Quicken Loans Arena until the fourth quarter. Well, let me be accurate. Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala had carpooled to the game and parked their car in the first half but the entire team didn’t show up till the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, Game 4 was Andre Iguodala’s clinic. He was the best player on the court and Steve Kerr finally made some worthwhile adjustments.
With the series tied up, it can go either way. Both teams are capable of winning tonight. However, I will be rooting for Golden State Warriors.. I want them to protect their home court. My rooting for the Warriors tonight has nothing to do with the team and everything to do with me wanting a game 7.
If Cleveland pulls together and remembers that they are capable of playing championship basketball at Golden State, then they have an excellent chance of winning. But let me just state the obvious. If Cleveland wins tonight, the series is over. They will go back home and everybody will play to win in game 6. You might even see Dan Gilbert donning a Cleveland uniform to play.
They will be hoisting the trophy on Tuesday if they win tonight. And, I don’t get my Game 7.
I don’t need LeBron to look in the mirror today and remember that he is the King and we are all just witnessing his greatness. Instead, I need J. R. Smith and Shumpert to continue to drink from the cup of ineptitude and sheer foolishness. Delly, please continue to play like the effort guy who can’t make a shot. Don’t go to California and rediscover that you are the effort player who can scrap, claw, and alter shots, if necessary.
Generally, whoever wins tonight will win the series but when one team has the best player in the world, then statistics and history mean nothing. In other words, even if Golden State wins tonight, Cleveland is still very much in this series.
This is the game where we get to see who among the NBA players is willing to rise to the challenge and which player is that much closer to being a champion.
Golden State, will you be warriors or will you be licking your wounds in a loss like the last time you played on your home court?
I’m rooting for a game 7. Let’s go!
(Source for this story was ESPN.com)
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