May 20, 2018

Where's the drama? Blowouts the rule in these NBA playoffs

20 May 2017, 10:56 | Joan Schultz

With a third consecutive matchup between the two teams looking inevitable for the 2017 NBA Finals, the rest of the league is looking forward to next season to again challenge these perennial superpowers for a place in the Finals. Of course you want to see balance throughout the league. But the Warriors are expected to win this series especially with the lingering injury issues that have plagued Leonard so far.

THERE'S no stopping a Cleveland Cavaliers-Golden State Warriors NBA finals rematch, say a pair of Bendigo Braves teammates. Cleveland's point differential was only 14 in Game 1 against the Celtics but that contest was over by halftime.

Cleveland opens the Eastern Conference Finals tonight in Boston. We excluded those blowouts that closed out a series because we're only interested in seeing how humiliated teams responded in the following game.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) shoots the the game winning shot during the fourth quarter against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. That trend gives reason for a second look at San Antonio Saturday. People are already anointing these teams as dominant and franchise teams.

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And Beal believes that was the Cavs' plan - to duck the Wiz and have an easier path to the conference finals.

2012 Spurs: San Antonio won 10 straight before losing Game 3 to Oklahoma City in the West finals. The contest was still down, in LeBron James terms, from the 11.1 million that tuned in to see the then-favorited Chicago Bulls take on James' Heat in 2011, before LeBron had figured it all out, though the Game 1 ratings were about even with the top-ranked Atlanta Hawks' Game 1 against James' still-evolving Cavaliers in 2015.

The Cavs showed no signs of rust in their game one win over the Celtics on Thursday.

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