Since last week, the Cavs are sucking in the air of being defeated as NBA champions and the Golden State Warriors are celebrating in Cleveland’s place. Kevin Durant is NBA Finals MVP and deservedly so, because he has been second-best his whole life. As of this moment, Durant is an NBA champion because he has averaged 30+ points in each NBA Finals game in 2017. Now, the trick is staying at the top. Can Golden State stay at the top as 2018 NBA Champions?
The Golden State Warriors dominated the first game and Kevin Durant was in charge of it. He had 38 points and the Dubs deferred to him to lead the Warriors. Draymond Green helped out too with talking on defense and was the difference in leading Golden State to victory.
So the Golden State Warriors have a date with the Cleveland Cavaliers again. These two teams have been dominant since the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs. A lot of the pressure Kevin Durant is facing is returning back to the NBA Finals where he’s lost in 2013. Durant is facing pressure, because he has to perform at a high level to get an NBA ring. Will he be able to get an NBA ring? That’s what we’ll find out once the NBA Finals start. Lebron James is looking forward to another NBA championship and no one in the NBA has the answer in stopping him. Will Lebron James be able to maintain another NBA title? We’ll find out.
Kevin Durant and Draymond Green are having a little splat playing basketball together. Durant likes to take his own jump-shots, apart from playing with team ball with Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, and Draymond Green. The Warriors are useless when they don’t utilize Thompson and Curry for their shots, especially three pointers. Draymond likes to pump up the Golden State Warriors for their defense. Durant does play defense, but doesn’t like to defer to Green for defensive assignments. What is there to do for Durant and Green to co-exist?
2017 is upon us and we are almost approaching the halfway part of the season. With February looming, we will have an all star game. The Golden State Warriors are leading the NBA with wins and losses and it is hard to beat them when they have Kevin Durant. The Cleveland Cavaliers, who are the 2016 reigning champions, beat these newly formed Warriors with Kevin Durant 109-108 on Christmas Day on Kyrie Irving’s last minute shot.
It is nearly December and we have a full night of NBA action. Golden State is 14-2, while Cleveland is 12-2 and I can anticipate a Cavs-Warriors rematch in the NBA Finals in 2017. What will Cleveland and Golden State do for an encore when both teams face each other again for a third time? This time, Golden State has Kevin Durant while Cleveland has the same group that brought them there to the 2016 NBA title. The Cavs do not have Matthew Dellavedova with them this time. He’s playing with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Cavs do look like a sure shot of repeating for the 2017 NBA title after winning it last season.
It is the start of November and the Golden State Warriors are off to a start with Kevin Durant on board the Warriors squad. What will Durant do to help the Warriors come playoff time? Will he help Golden State with defense? There’s no question that San Antonio isn’t far behind with winning the 2017 NBA title now that Tim Duncan is retired. The Spurs have Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge to help them win now. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli are aging, but it won’t be long until fresher legs arrive for them.
The NBA pre-season is going on right now. Who will be fresher than most NBA teams going into the regular season? Does Nerlens Noel have what it takes to lead these Philadelphia Sixers? Will Brandon Ingram step up for the Los Angeles Lakers? Can Kevin Durant mesh with his new teammates? Will Dwyane Wade help Chicago into the NBA playoffs? There are lots of questions in the NBA that need to be answered.
The 2016 NBA Draft took place and are we seeing Ben Simmons being injured and not being able to play for the Philadelphia Sixers. What do we consider is the hotshot rookie of this year’s NBA season around the corner? Is it Brandon Ingram of the Los Angeles Lakers? Will Kevin Durant blend in with his new teammates in Golden State? Time will tell.
The USA men’s Olympic basketball team went for gold and got it. They did it by beating Serbia 96-66 in the gold medal game. Kevin Durant had 30 points to lead all male American basketball players in the NBA in the gold medal game. I thought that the USA men’s basketball team weren’t going to give it their all after surviving France, Australia, and also Serbia in the preliminary games. Durant led the way in the gold medal game against Serbia and it was a no-contest.