Christian Fuentes, Sports Journalist for Metro Puerto Rico
It’s over. If not in Game 4, it’ll be over in Game 5 in Oakland. The Golden State Warriors took the biggest Cleveland Cavaliers haymaker and STILL won. I don’t like to make predictions, because I’m usually bad at them, but this is quite the easy bet. Game 3 might as well be the best game of these Finals and of the whole playoffs. Durant came up in the clutch with that big tree-pointer over LeBron James. The Warriors closed out the Cavs with their excellente defense and an 11-0 run.
So far, Durant and Curry have redeemed themselves from past Finals performances. Durant against LeBron, particularly. And Curry, from two subpar Finals against Cleveland. Their both competing for Finals MVP, even though it’s more clear that Durant is probably going to win it once the Warriors win it. He’s been the difference and you can argue that this is the best Durant we’ve all seen. I thought that the 2016 version of Durant in OKC when they went up 3-1 over the Dubs was the best KD I’ve seen. These teams have seen each other 23 times in the last three years. They’ll learn something from the other. It seems that Golden State has figured out the Cavs. Of course, it helps having a top-3 player added during the offseason.
Does LeBron have it in him to lead the Cavs to a comeback down 0-3? I’ll tell you what…if he does, he SHOULD be in the “Greatest of All-Time” conversation (one that I have emphatically resisted throughout the past few seasons). Last year, no one had ever comeback down 3-1 and the Cavaliers did. Now, there were some factors in their favor: Hobbled Curry and Andre Iguodala, Green suspended, Bogut missing Game 7. But they still pulled it off. This time around, both teams are in full force and after what happened in 2016, the Warriors seem to smell blood more than ever. Also, a lot of chatter about James being tired. One can’t help but think back to all those games he took off during the regular season preparing for this. However, he does have a lot of mileage. Seven straight Finals mean A LOT of games.
Oh, the irony, right? Lebron James started this whole “Superteam” movement, in which superstars join forces to look to win it all. For those saying “Chris, but the 2008 Celtics”: Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were past their primes and they didn’t sign in Boston or force a trade there. They were just dealt there, by iniciative of GM Danny Ainge and that team was formed. But All-Stars, in their prime, joining forces…that was started by the horrible The Decision special in 2010. Now, LeBron is about to be swept by one of those superteams built to beat him.
Darío Vázquez, Resident Sports Expert
It is. Period.