Going into this year's postseason things looked terrible for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Most fans had very low expectations, while critics--including myself--thought it was very possible for the Cavs to get bounced out of the playoffs by an inferior low seeded team. So, the sweep is a little bit of a surprise for some.
However, how much credit do the Cavs deserve? In my opinion, not a whole lot, but they do deserve some, some of it is major and the rest of it is expected.
The Cavs are starting to come together. Actually, scratch that, they are "flipping the switch." With that said, it makes no sense to get ahead of ourselves. Why? Well, let's face it, the Eastern Conference is a cake walk. It's a good confidence builder for role players and even key players. Now, even though that's true, any team can be motivated and beaten. I don't see the Eastern Conference as enough of a challenge for the Cavs to prepare themselves for the Beasts of the West.
It really doesn't matter what the Cavs do in the EC even though they just completed afirst round sweep over the Pacers.
Things Are Getting Easier for the Golden State Warriors Too!
LeBron James has to be one of the luckiest players in NBA history. Injuries seem to always align an easy road for him and his team when elite teams pop up in the EC. When Derrick Rose played for the Chicago Bulls he went down to knee injury two years in a row when James and the Heat were having serious trouble beating them to get to the Finals. The road has always looked and seemed easy for James when it comes to the EC as well as lucky.
Then, there's the Indiana Pacers. They were an emerging elite team in the East, and honestly I don't know what happened. One minute they had a roster that could seemingly get over the hump and be the team to beat James. The next minute, their roster took a swift blow. It goes back to my point of the East seeming to always get easy for James. But hey, you can't blame the guy for being lucky.
This season, the Warriors took a significant blow due to injury when Kevin Durant went down. He's getting better in terms of his health, but a lot of fans and critics worry more about the team's chemistry and not his ability to play.
With that said, over the weekend the Western Conference road to the NBA Finals has just gotten easier for the Golden State Warriors.
Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers just went down over the weekend, and if the Clippers advance into the next round to play against the Warriors...there's a zero chance for them to beat the Warriors without a full roster. As a result, the WC has just gotten easier for the Warriors. Kevin Durant can get as much rest as he needs now without his team needing his services.
On top of all of that, the Spurs are having trouble beating the Memphis Grizzlies (series currently tied 2-2). If the Spurs make it to the WC Finals to play the Warriors, they're looking like they'll be worn out in comparison. They're more than likely going to have to play against the Houston Rockets with James Harden and his talented team in the next round if they survive this round. I believe the Rockets will give them even more trouble. So things may align even more for the Warriors to have an easier road to the NBA Finals as well. So, this cancels out all the good that's happening with the Cavs.
What I do like about all of this, if the Cavs and the Warriors meet, it looks as though both teams will be healthy! Ah! No more excuses for fans to talk about for either team. I want to see both teams play healthy!!! I want to know who the better team clearly is...