The 2016 NBA Finals will feature a rematch between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. Many odds makers have the Warriors as heavy favorites but LeBron James thinks that them being underdogs is “stupid.”
According to Jeff Sherman of the Westgate Super Book, the defending champions are -185 favorites to win the series. It did not sit well with the Cavs’ best player when he was asked by the media about not being the favorites to win Cleveland’s first title.
“Not my concern. I don’t get involved in all of that – underdog, overdog, whatever the case may be. It’s stupidity,” James told Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
King James and the Cavaliers had the easier path to the Finals as they swept the first two series against the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks. They only lost twice against the Toronto Raptors but they completely dominated them in those four wins.
On the other hand, the Warriors were on the brink of elimination at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder. They were down 3-1 when they made a historic comeback and showed the heart of champions.
Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue already has plans to beat the smallball tactic of the Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals. Lue told cleveland.com that they will keep up with the champions and defeat them in their own game.
“We just have to play our game. We’re not going to slow the ball down and be at ease. We’re going to push the pace, try to get easy baskets early in transition but make sure we’re taking good shots,” Lue said.
Dieter Kurtenbach of FOX Sports thinks that the Cavaliers’ plan will back fire as no team can keep up with the Warriors. Cleveland has athleticism that is one of the weaknesses of Golden State exposed by the Thunder.
However, they don’t have enough length to bother Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the rest of the Warriors. In the end, the champions were able to overcome the Thunder and they will eventually prevail over the Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals.
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