NBA Finals 2016: Can the Golden State Warriors sweep the ‘Playoffs Sweeper’?

Stephen Curry’s second MVP title proves to be a motivation for the rest of the Golden State Warriors as they try to close down their second round playoff series with a possible win over the hard-fighting Portland Trailblazers.

The Golden State Warriors are two wins away before getting their second consecutive NBA championship title and with their Game 2 victory, a question is circulating in everyone’s mind. Can the Golden State Warriors sweep the ‘Playoffs Sweeper’?

The Cleveland Cavaliers started the recent postseason with a 10-straight win. They easily defeated the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks in the first and second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Though the Cavaliers lost for two games against the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals, they still managed to reach the NBA Finals faster than the other teams.

With this, many are expecting that the Cleveland Cavaliers will be a monstrous opponent to any team that they will face in the NBA Finals. With all their ‘Big Three’, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love, healthy and injury-free, several sports analyst and enthusiasts have predicted that the Cavaliers will be a stronger team than last year’s NBA Finals. However, it seems like the opposite things are happening now.

With a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series, many are betting that the Golden State Warriors will be winning the championship title. The Warriors managed to defeat the Cavaliers in the first two games. The overall production of the Warriors does not only come from their starters, but they also have a huge contribution from the bench, which is very different from the Cavaliers.

Another thing that is said to influence the Warriors’ current success are the teams that they faced before they reached the NBA Finals. Recalling in the Western Conference Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder almost eliminated them giving a 3-1 deficit. But Warriors still managed to extend the series and represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals.

After the Cavaliers Game 1 loss, coach Tyronn Lue tried to shift to a fast-paced offense in which he believes that can make his team win. However, their strategy seemed to be favoring the Golden State Warriors since they are used to a fast-paced offense.

“They just beat us at every … we didn’t win anything,” said James after the game. “No points of the game did we beat them in anything. Even when we had an early lead, they beat us to 50-50 balls, they got extra possessions, they got extra tip-ins. They beat us pretty good tonight.”

As the Game 3 shifts to the Cavalier’s territory, many are expecting that they are going to be more determined to get the NBA championship title. If they still play like the way they did in the past two games, there is a possibility that the Golden State Warriors will sweep a ‘Playoffs Sweeper’.

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