Not earned. Given.


Well. That’s that. This year’s Finals series was a no-contest. I thought the Cavs could at least have been competitive and put up a fight but they are light years behind the Warriors, who made the Game 5 victory look easy.

After a strong start the Cavs fell in the second quarter victim to a 21-2 run by Dub City and from the 3rd quarter onwards it was just too difficult for the Cavs to get within an ear-shot of victory. They reduced the deficit down to 10, 7 and then 5. But the Warriors has a response each time.

And the difference? Whipping a dead horse with this one – Kevin Durant. His impact was far greater than imagined and he proved his talent without needing to worry about organising the offense, running the defence, or being responsible for his team’s losses. That’s a whole load of pressure off his shoulders.

But however great KD’s stats were this year, the result is an expected one and not an impressive one.

I said it today to a colleague – imagine adding Zlatan or Cristiano to Barca’s team. It would be absurd and insane. If one or two players failed, the other 2 or 8 would step up and fill the void. Enter the Warriors – Klay played under par this year without Bogut’s moving screens, Steph is a one-trick pony, Draymond is great on the defensive end. If any 2 of these players don’t perform, the Warriors play poorly. But enter Kevin-fill-the-void-Durant. He was the difference in Game 3 and he toyed with the defence in Game 5. He was too damn good.

It will be a shame to see another Cavs/Warriors Final series next year and I hope there are some interesting trades over the off-season to create a more competitive environment. I hope this whole idea of NBA super teams does not take off and we have at least one new team competing in next year’s Finals.

I don’t think LeBron will leave the Cavaliers. It’s just stupid to think he will leave Cleveland again. The writing is on the wall for players like Kevin Love, Deron Williams, Iman Shumpert, Tristan Thompson. The Cavaliers have some deadweight which could free up space for a good big man – that’s exactly what they should target.

Here is an idea – perhaps KD will match LeBron’s act of returning to his home team to bring them a championship? Will OKC take Durant back? Hell yeah!

“We prevailed,” Durant said after Game 5. “We’re champions and we did it on our own floor.” This is the one thing I cannot stand about Kevin Durant. He is beating his chest with pride and joy as if he drove his team to a Championship. He hasn’t. He joined a Championship team. And hence the title – “Given.”


No changing of the guard

Well I have given away the saltiness with the title, haven’t I? This is not a changing of the guard from LeBron to KD. Heck, KD wishes he was half the player LeBron was.

Where were these statistics from KD when OKC and Russ needed it 3-1 up against Dub City last year?

KD has nothing to worry about on the GSW team. He doesn’t need to run offense, he doesn’t need to run defence, heck he probably does need to wipe the sweat off his brow. He only need to shoot when he gets the ball. Pretty easy gig.

On the other hand, LeBron is running the offense, the defence, the club merchandising, the finances, the legal work, public relation,

The Cavaliers are down and out this year – there is no coming back from 3-0. It’s not 3-1. It’s 3-0 and they have been outclassed in each game. I’d give the Cavaliers are chance if LeBron was 5 years younger. But he’s not. And the last 2 minutes of the first quarter told the story: GSW went on a 10-1 run while the King caught a short 2 minutes of rest.

There are few things granted in this lifetime – gravity, father-time and the Kardashian curse. Tristian Thompson has gone missing this year – 12 months after he started dating Khloe Kardashian. Another NBA player fallen to the Kardashian curse. This sounds silly – but the statistics of each of Khloe’s NBA love interests tells the same story – believe me, it’s a curse.

I am not sure why the Cavs ran that play with 12.4 seconds to go. Corner 3? Please. Love and Korver missed two corner 3’s prior to that play.

End saltiness here. The Cavs just aren’t good enough.


Down and (probably) out


132-113. The Warriors ran away with it at the end of the third and went on a 10-1 run at the start of the fourth with LeBron on the bench.

KD – that’s the difference this year (sorry to sound cliche and blatantly obvious). We all anticipated this during the regular season. He has been chasing LeBron for almost all of his career and he is two games away from securing his first ring.

But can KD be stopped? I am not sure. He is revelling among his new cast which gives him the confidence to be free and play without the pressure of holding a city on his shoulders.

I think the Cavs need their bench to fire. LeBron has been carrying the team over the last two games and I don’t think Thomson and JR have combined for more than 15 points across these two games. Back at home to “Defend the Land” both Uncle Drew and Kevin Love need to earn their keep together with either JR or Deron adding stats off the bench. Remember Richard Jefferson last year? His energy was fantastic and swung the momentum in the favour of Cleveland.

I thought the Cavs would take it in 5 but LeBron looked tired after Game 2. Harrison Barnes, Chef, and Klay went cold half way through the 2016 Finals but without some support I am sorry to say the Warriors will sweep away the Cavs in 4 games. Yep, that’s going to 16-0 this Finals. Unbelievable.