It was all set up for Golden State to write their names in the history books. The Warriors had already surpassed the Chicago Bulls’ regular season record of 72 wins and Stephen Curry and co were on the verge of defending their NBA title. However, it always felt like something had to give – and it did.
The Cleveland Cavaliers came from 3-1 down to pip Golden State 4-3 in one of the most exciting and dramatic NBA Finals series in history. LeBron James was inspirational throughout the series, whilst the back-up duo of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were also central to Cleveland’s success. It was their first major sporting success for decades and a maiden title for the NBA franchise – all in all, a fantastic achievement for the city.
What’s done is done; you cannot change the past. The Warriors must now focus on dusting themselves down and planning ahead for next season. If Golden State are to topple the Cavaliers, they will have to be brave, tenacious and above all, they will have to want it more. The Warriors were accused of going through the motions last season and you simply cannot afford to do that if you intend to win the NBA Championship. It just doesn’t happen.
Despite their difficult run in the NBA Finals, Golden State are widely expected to challenge for glory again next season. After all, they had victory within their grasp this year but just fell short. At the time of writing, the Warriors are priced at 12/5 in bet365’s early NBA betting odds for next season and it would take a brave man to bet against them, especially if Stephen Curry is back to his brilliant best.
Truth be told, Curry is capable of leading Golden State to the title more or less on his own. THAT is how good he is. Last season he became the first person to be named the unanimous regular season MVP and was central to the Warriors’ success, particularly in the first half of the campaign. In fact, Golden State used to make him sit out the fourth quarter if they had developed an unassailable lead, just so he didn’t burn out.
But the Warriors have talent all over the court and it would be foolish to forget about their other star men. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green both possess plenty of natural ability and Golden State could advance to the latter stages of the postseason if these two men are on-song. If these two and Curry join forces, Golden State WILL be in business and the NBA Championship crown won’t be too far away.