For the second straight night, we have a league champion as the Golden State Warriors won their first championship in 40 years after upending LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games.
One thing was clear about this series; LeBron James didn’t lose it for Cleveland, the Warriors won it from the injury depleted Cavs.
No Kevin Love and no Kyrie Irving equals big trouble for not just Cleveland, but for any team that loses their second and third leading scorers. Sports is a funny thing, everyone undermined the acquisition of Love and the value of Irving; that the Cavaliers would win with LeBron and a fire hydrant.
Sorry Cleveland, the fire hydrant was throwing up bricks.
Despite the fact that the NBA is a star driven league, it has become readily apparent that teams win championships. Steph Curry is a superstar and is the League MVP, but without the supporting cast, without Klay Thompson and Andre Igoudala, the Warriors are in the same boat as LeBron.
There may be a silver lining for the Cavs. They will get healthy and LeBron will have Love and Irving back in their fold next season, but it needs to be more than that. We saw Canadian Tristan Thompson step up in the playoffs for Cleveland, he will get better. Matthew Dellavedova stepped into Irving’s shoes, and while he doesn’t have the skill set of Irving, his effort was unparalleled and he will only get better.
Cleveland gets no prize this year, but they get the value of the experience earned by the adversity that they went through to carry the NBA’s best team to six games.
It is a small consolation, but in sports, it is the little things that allows you to overcome…and to win.
Cleveland’s turn may come next year, but now the Golden Age of Golden State is upon us…