Former NBA point guard Gilbert Arenas says neither the Milwaukee Bucks nor Toronto Raptors can defeat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
Arenas says the Bucks and Raptors don't have enough weapons on offense to compete with the Warriors even if Kevin Durant doesn't play in the Finals.
I've said it before, and Gilbert Arenas agrees, there is no other team out there that can beat the @warriors. From earlier on @CBSSportsHQ pic.twitter.com/4yddN9CN44
— Bill Reiter (@sportsreiter) May 23, 2019
The Warriors are 5-0 in the playoffs since Durant got hurt in Game 5 of the second round against the Houston Rockets. Steph Curry is averaging 35.8 points, Klay Thompson is putting up 22.6 points, and Draymond Green is averaging 14.8 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 8.4 assists in KD's absence.
The Bucks have Giannis Antetokounmpo and a bunch of role players according to Arenas. Same goes for the Raptors, who have Kawhi Leonard but not much firepower after that. The Warriors would be content with Antetokounmpo and Leonard going off and forcing the other players to beat them.
Durant has already been ruled out for Game 1 of the Finals, which is on May 30. As long as the Warriors have Curry, Thompson and Green in the lineup, they will always be favored to win. Curry and Thompson can each score 30 or more points in three quarters, and Green is a Swiss Army knife who does everything for the Dubs. One detail Arenas might be thinking of: Game 2 is three days after Game 1, and Game 3 is three days after Game 2. The series is spread out, which will give Durant more recovery time and a better chance to join the series when it moves to Oakland for Games 3 and 4.
If the Warriors win the 2019 title, it would be their third straight ring and fourth championship in five years.