Warriors Win the Title and What to Expect in 2018 Season
The NBA Finals ended with the Golden State Warriors claiming their second title in three years, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1 in the series. The Warriors finished the playoffs with an almost-perfect record of 15-1, and Kevin Durant was a large factor in leading the Warriors to victory. In the five Finals games, Durant averaged 35.2 points. While the Warriors did have a 3-0 lead over the Cavilers going into Game 4, the Cavaliers brought out an aggressive fight that led to their victory and a loss in the Warriors’ records. With the series sitting at 3-1, just like last year, the Warriors fought to win the title on their home court. Game 5 brought a 129-120 victory to the Warriors and a Finals MVP title to Durant.
Looking ahead to the NBA 2018 Season, it has already been said that the Warriors are a force to be reckoned with and a dynasty in the making. The Warriors have made it clear that their goal is to keep the core of their team together, and while it’s expected that they will be seen in the Finals again next year, the question is what team will be joining them. The Cavaliers did snatch the title from the Warriors in 2016, and put up a fight in this year’s final with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving leading the team. However, with this summer’s free agency right around the corner, it’s important to take a look at what other teams could form serious competition. The Boston Celtics improved this year, making it to the semifinals and giving Cleveland a good series. They also have this year’s number one draft picks, and rumors have it that LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward are the top two targets for the Celtics in free agency this year. If they sign one of them, it’s possible the Celtics could be a different team next year and be a possible challenge for the Warriors. Whatever the draft brings, 2018 will be an interesting season.
NBA Finals Schedule
The NBA Finals began on June 1, 2017 and ended in mid-June.
NBA Finals Schedule
|Thursday, June 1||9 p.m.||Cleveland at Golden State|
|Sunday, June 4||8 p.m.||Cleveland at Golden State|
|Wednesday, June 7||9 p.m.||Golden State at Cleveland|
|Friday, June 9||9 p.m.||Golden State at Cleveland|
|Monday, June 12||9 p.m.||Cleveland at Golden State|
|Thursday, June 15||9 p.m.||Golden State at Cleveland|
|Sunday, June 18||8 p.m.||Cleveland at Golden State|