The South Asian Times

22 June 2018 18:48 PM

Warriors wrest NBA crown from Cavs, 4-1.

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers late Monday night to win the NBA Finals 4-1. This marked an unprecedented playoff run, going 15-0 before losing to the Cavs in game 4. Down by 8 points in the second quarter, Golden State went on a 21-2 to go up by 12 points and they never looked back. Kevin Durant put up 39 points and became only the second player to have 5 consecutive NBA finals games scoring more than 30 points.

Unsurprisingly, Durant won finals MVP and put a plug on all the hate directed towards him.

How did the Cavs lose? One major reason is that their bench is nowhere as deep as Golden State’s. In game 5, Warriors’ bench outscored the Cavs’ bench 35 to 7. The lack of a reliable bench forced LeBron James to play for 46 out of the 48 minutes. He even averaged a triple-double in the finals, the first time anyone is history has done that and yet Cavs lost. This proves one thing for the NBA: one player cannot do it all no matter how good that player is, you need a full team of strong players to win the championship.

Many sports commentators and bloggers said that Golden State in on the verge of creating a dynasty like the ’92 Bulls or the ‘59 Celtics. They have arguably 4 of the best players in the NBA: Stephen Curry, Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson, and all of them are at their prime below the age of 30. If Golden State can keep the team together, they will, as former Celtics Star Paul Pierce said, create the Golden Dynasty.

They need to work with a lot of moving pieces if they want to keep the team together. 10 players will become free agents this summer. Steph Curry, one of the 10, has been one of the most underpaid stars in the NBA but this summer he’s in line to receive the largest NBA contract ever, $200 million over 5 years. Whether Golden State can hold on to Iguodala, Livingston, and West, key bench players, will depend on how much money Durant takes.

He may take less money than he is worth like Curry did for years to allow them to stay. We know one thing for certain though, Golden State will be paying a lot of money to keep as many players as they can on the team and if they are successful, no one will be able to touch them for years to come.

Update: 17 June, 2017