At long last, the NBA Finals are here, and you understand what that suggests: It’s time when again for you to baby crib a pitiful smattering of hoops understanding from this extremely half-assed blog site and bring it forth to the sports bar like the torch that lights your path.
This year’s finalists are the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, making this the first Finals because 2014 that has featured any mix of challengers other than the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s likewise the very first time the Finals have actually not included LeBron James given that 2010. I can’t even keep in mind 2010. For the sake of my emotional and psychological well-being, I have actually purged whatever prior to Nov. 9, 2016 from my memory. It’s too uncomfortable to keep in mind that old world! Also, don’t forget to watch the nba finals live stream.
Anyhow, fortunately is, the Raptors having made it out of the East– in combination with a remaining calf injury to a specific exceptionally slender cheesebutt we will get to in a minute– provides these Finals something the NBA’s champion round hasn’t had in a minimum of a number of years: adequate novelty to prop up what’s likely just an unfortunate illusion of uncertainty relating to the outcome! It’s great. The bad news is, I couldn’t produce this blog by simply taking a couple of quick find-and-replace jaunts through in 2015’s edition.
What is their deal?
Holy smokes! If the Raptors making their way out of the East playoffs isn’t rather the upset of all upsets (they were the 2nd seed, after all), it feels like it, even if of how they got here. There’s more to that than the definitely fucking insane series-winning buzzer-beater in Game 7 versus the Philadelphia 76ers and the 0-2 hole they removed of against the Milwaukee Bucks, the league’s best group without a doubt throughout the regular season and the very first two rounds of the playoffs. There’s also the weird unpredictability of Kawhi Leonard’s scenario, which has burbled in the background all season and continues to make this entire thing– a team making a Finals run on the shoulders of historic play by what very well may be an one-year rental gamer in the area versus his will– appear vaguely difficult. And after that there’s the team’s years-long history of ignominious postseason failures; if the Raptors themselves did not experience that as baggage they brought with them to these playoffs, that in itself is a quite amazing accomplishment.
In any case, here they are, in the Finals, for the first time in their history. They strangled Orlando, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee to death with tough, clever, versatile, disciplined defense, and have patched together enough offense from some sometimes gun-shy colleagues to stand up Leonard’s blank-eyed hero-ball. It’s a tried and true formula for playoff success: defense, and a super star who can go get buckets. If it’s enough to get them past the frickin’ Golden State Warriors, my brains will spray out of my nose thus much misdirected soda.
Who are their guys?
I think I gave this one away. Kawhi Leonard is their guy. No player has been as good in these playoffs. No gamer not called LeBron James has been as great in any playoffs in quite some time.
Should I root for the Raptors?
Only if you can stomach the thought of the championship of the NBA being stolen by an unclean foreign power, you traitorous sonofabitch!!!!!!!!!!! ( Yes.).