Despite their 67-15 record in 2014-15 and a six-game series victory in the NBA Finals, there were plenty of detractors who wanted to put an asterisk next to the Warriors’ championship. The Cavaliers were missing two of their three best players in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love for essentially the entire series, as Irving only made an appearance in Game 1.
After two convincing victories this season over the Cavaliers with their full core intact, the Warriors have left little to the imagination—they are in a different league compared to their Eastern Conference rivals.
Scott Davis of Business Insider wrote an interesting article following Golden State’s 132-98 demolition of Cleveland on Monday night. Davis essentially targets the Warriors’ critics and states how they have shut down any doubt that they are indeed the best team in the NBA:
“The Warriors’ dominant win over the Cavs Monday night helped put a hole in that argument. While it’s only one game, the Warriors have twice beaten the Cavs at full health. While their first rematch, on Christmas Day, was a closer affair, and Kyrie Irving only had two games under his belt at that point, the Cavs still basically had their full cast of characters.
Now, almost a month later, there’s little doubt that the Warriors didn’t just get lucky — they’re a better team. They spot a better record than the Cavs — 38-4 to 28-11 — and a better offense and defense, statistically.”
Davis not only points out how the Warriors have swept the season series, he also points out how Golden State’s Big Three of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green vastly outperformed Cleveland’s much-acclaimed Big Three of LeBron James, Irving and Love:
“The Cavs’ Big Three of LeBron James, Love, and Irving was vastly outplayed by the Warriors’ Big Three of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson. James, Love, and Irving combined for 27 points on 34% shooting with six turnovers while Curry, Green, and Thompson combined for 66 points on 56% shooting with just three turnovers.”
There is little doubt it’s a bit concerning that the Cavaliers were handed one of the worst losses in franchise history for a game they were supposedly well-prepared for. While the Warriors are the better team now, the good news for Cleveland fans is that their squad is still the best in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers will have nearly five months to rectify their weaknesses as they try to develop a team that can truly compete with the Warriors.
As far as Golden State is concerned, they don’t have to worry about too much right now—they have more than silenced their critics with their performance this season.
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