Warriors and Cavs: Sweeping up history
The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are on the brink of making NBA history. The Eastern Conference Finals and Western Conference Finals have never been swept 4-0 in the same year. If the Warriors win in Houston tonight and the Cavs win in Cleveland tomorrow night, the 2015 NBA Finals will literally be here before you knew it. The Finals were scheduled to begin on June 4th, but the record pace of the conference finals has the NBA discussing moving the start of the NBA Finals up to June 2nd.
The only other time in NBA history there have been sweeps in the conference finals was way back in 1957. The Boston Celtics swept the Syracuse Nationals in the Eastern Division Finals and the St. Louis Hawks beat the Minneapolis Lakers 3-0 in the Western Division Finals. At that time, it was only a best-of-5 series in the Division Finals.
The Golden State Warriors won a franchise record 67 games this season and Steph Curry won the franchises first NBA MVP award since Wilt Chamberlain in 1960. Curry also won the MVP while playing the fewest minutes of any NBA MVP in league history. So why not sweep up this one more bit of history along the way? The Warriors last NBA Championship was in 1975. None of the current Warriors players were born yet.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are one game away from making a return to the NBA Finals. The last time Cleveland was in the NBA Finals was 2007 when LeBron had a completely different Cavs squad. They were swept that year by San Antonio. Four consecutive trips to the NBA Finals with the Heat later, LeBron returns to Cleveland and is about to make his fifth consecutive trip as a player to the NBA Finals, with two different teams. LeBron is such a dominant player, he really didn’t get the respect he deserved when it came to MVP voting this year. He is the best player in the world but the MVP cannot be about a lifetime achievement and new blood has risen. Although this still may be fuel for LeBron’s charge through the Eastern Conference. He is leading his team through losing Kevin Love in the first round, other nagging injuries and even suspensions. Through it all, he sits one game away from history. If the Warriors hold up their end of the bargain of course.
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I think the bigger challenge will be for Golden State tonight against Houston. Game 4 will be in Houston and the second leading vote getter for this years NBA MVP, James Harden, has played out of his mind in this series and made the first two games in Oakland competitive. The Cavs will have a slightly easier sweep having Game 4 on their home floor and the fact that Atlanta has looked outmatched for most of this series. Once you get this deep into the playoffs, it’s hard to sweep anyone so the fact that we could witness two conference finals sweeps this year, well, it’s more exciting than a sweep sounds. In a year that there hasn’t been that usual clear-cut favorite to win it all, we have seen some of the best playoff action and unpredictability possible.
We are on the fast track to what could be one of the most compelling NBA Finals in recent memory. For me, probably the most compelling since the renewal of the Lakers vs. Celtics Finals in 2008. We have the sexy team and league MVP against the former MVP and champion who has come back home to lead his home city to their first NBA title in his first year back. Maybe this was this season’s destiny all along. Now there is no sense in delaying it any further. So find your brooms and get ready for an epic NBA Finals.
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