By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support local journalism.
Simmons Says - Another NBA finals rematch

There’s only a handful of Warren County residents who I would say like the NBA more than I do. It’s easily my favorite sport, making me the minority amid the crazed Titans, Predators and Braves fans who love the NFL, NHL and MLB – not to mention those who think college sports are the only pure sports played.

As an unofficial ambassador for the NBA, here’s all I can say about this year’s Finals matchup between the Warriors and Cavaliers: I’m as bored with it as everybody else.

On its face, it should be an intriguing matchup. The Warriors could add a third title in four years to a resume which already includes an NBA record 73-win season in 2016. LeBron James is playing in his eighth straight NBA Finals, with most ready to anoint him the best player of all time if he pulls a monumental upset over the next two weeks.

The stakes are there, but the drama likely won’t be.

The fourth installment of this matchup looks like the worst to date. Even if Andre Iguodala – the 2015 Finals MVP – doesn’t suit up for the Warriors, there’s little hope James is dragging his rag-tag group to a title over one the greatest assembled teams in NBA history.

Over the course of a 48-minute game, the Warriors are usually able to keep at least one of their two former NBA MVPs – Steph Curry and Kevin Durant – on the court. If they decide to take a rest together, then Golden State is left to lean on two all-stars, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. And oh yeah, there’s Iguodala, a former all-star before joining the juggernaut in 2013.

James is a force of nature, a 6-foot-9, 280-pound locomotive without an athletic equal. But even the King can’t win going 1-on-5, and that’s what it going to feel like starting Thursday when the Warriors focus all their energy to slow down James.

The Warriors won the first matchup in 2015 in six games, only to see James and Kyrie Irving spoil their record-setting regular season in 2016. Then Durant joined the fold, leading Golden State to a five-game romp last June.

Irving is gone now, leaving Lebron’s cupboard barer than ever before. Even if Kevin Love clears concussion protocol, he’ll be returning just in time to have his head spinning trying to keep up with the Warriors ball movement and shooting.

This was the series everybody predicted before the season, with the Warriors greatness and Lebron’s rule of the Eastern Conference seeming like a foregone conclusion.

The only surer bet at the start of the year was if the rematch was to happen, Golden State would lift the Larry O’Brien trophy once again.
Warriors in four.