Golden State Warriors & Cleveland Cavaliers on Collision Course For NBA Finals Rematch?
There's still so much time remaining in this NBA season, but last year's conference champions are picking up right where they left off. Right out of the gate, the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are already in first place in both the Western and Eastern Conferences.
In any other sport it would be madness to even talk about a finals rematch this early in the season, but this is the NBA. The NBA has the lowest parity level when compared to the other big three sports leagues in the United States. Superstars dominate the NBA like any other sports league.
Just 10 games into this season the Warriors look perfect. Stephen Curry is once again the front-runner to win the Most Valuable Player award, and his team is an unblemished 10-0. The Warriors sit stop a heavily talented Western Conference, and talk of 70 wins is already kicking in. Only the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, have won 70 games in a single season. The Warriors will always have a tough challenge because they play in the West, but they show no signs of slowing down. Andrew Bogut's health will be a big factor.
The San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder pose the biggest threats towards the Warriors come playoff time. The Warriors obviously have a much more difficult road to the finals than the Cavaliers, but there's no reason to believe they can't get back there again.
Meanwhile, in the Eastern Conference, LeBron James and the Cavaliers are on a seven game win streak. The Cavaliers are being picked to win the East and get back to the finals by nearly every NBA expert because of the lack of competition and great talent on the team. The Cavaliers are one of the most balanced teams in the league as they rank sixth in points scored and fifth in points allowed. A James-led team has won the East the last five consecutive seasons.
The Cavaliers haven't looked as impressive as the Warriors, but they've got plenty of firepower of their own, even outside of James. Kevin Love, despite being a power forward, leads the team in three point shooting. Tristan Thompson hasn't started a single game, but he's still contributing huge off the bench with rebounds and blocked shots. Outside of the Atlanta Hawks, there's not really not a huge contender to slow down the Cavaliers in the East. The Chicago Bulls just don't have the elite defense we're used to see from the Tom Thibodeau era.
It appears as if the Cavaliers and Warriors have the top two best players in the league at the moment.
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