Forty years is a long time between titles. That’s how long it has taken the Golden State Warriors to win another NBA Championship. The Cleveland Cavaliers will have to wait and see if they can win their first title next year. That’s not to say they didn’t have a chance to win this year, but LeBron James couldn’t do everything even though his stats would say otherwise.
We thought Stephen Curry would be named the Finals MVP, but that award went to Andre Iguodala instead. His series averages of 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4 assists don’t wow you, but watching how he and the Warriors played after he was inserted into the starting lineup in Game 4 say he was deserving of the award.
Cleveland was in control with a 2-1 series lead and all of a sudden the Cavaliers couldn’t find a rhythm. Iguodala couldn’t keep LeBron from putting up insane numbers, but his defensive tenacity kept LeBron from getting a lot of easy looks inside the paint. Beating a LeBron James team in three straight games is no easy task and the Warriors had a terrific plan to do it.
I’ll admit that I didn’t think the Warriors would get this far so soon with first year head coach Steve Kerr. He was able to get this team to another level that they haven’t been at in quite some time. The scary thing is they still could be better. Curry and Klay Thompson are two of the best shooters in the game. Draymond Green will be getting a huge paycheck in the near future and Harrison Barnes is just as versatile as Green is with a better shot from outside.
There is no telling how good these Warriors will be. Just like previous champions they will remain contenders unless injuries begin to mount or they start to unload assets. These Warriors are here to stay.