Cleveland’s Final Round: NBA Finals Preview

Kyrie Irving is back and ready to wreak havoc in the Finals. Photo courtesy: Dominic Ceraldi

By Joslyn Mitchell

The Cavaliers went from being in the shadows to the spotlight in one year. What’s the difference you say? The common denominator is obviously LeBron “The King” James. Last year, James was a part of the big three (Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and LeBron James) for the Miami Heat and they were fighting for their third championship together. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a “3-peat” as everyone called it. Now, the 2014-2015 season, James has come back home and playing with the same mentality he had with the Heat. LeBron James is leading his team with the most points, steals, rebounds, and assists. He is that athlete that is not only a tremendous player, but so excellent that he makes his teammates play to the best of their ability as well.

Kyrie Irving is back bringing in lots of help with 18.7 points, 83.8% free throws, 3.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.1 steals average per game. After their extraordinary sweep of the number 1 seed Atlanta Hawks, this team is working extremely hard to bring their town their first NBA Championship; let’s just hope that the Warriors don’t get in the way. The advantage that the Cavs have is that not only are they good on offense, but A+ on defense as well. In the last series with the Hawks, they maintained a 2-3 defense that stopped… no, SHUTDOWN all of Atlanta’s 3-point shooters and also caused them to create more turnovers obviously than they intended. Cleveland will definitely need that against MVP Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. As for the Cavaliers offense, the drives are perfect but everyone is below 70% on their 3-pointers and some are barely above 70% on their free throws, two things they will definitely need. The Warriors are going to bring their all since this will be their first championship opportunity since 1975. Meaning the Warriors are going to play perfect defense to stop the Cavaliers lay-ups, which will leave the Cavaliers with either getting fouled for free throws or will have the opportunity to stop-and-pop for 3-pointers.

If you ask me, as long as Cleveland is perfect and they knock down all of their free throws and 3-pointers, the Cleveland Cavaliers will bring home their first Larry O’Brien trophy!