Bruce Levenson reported that last season the Golden State Warriors were ‘fun to watch’ under the tutelage of head coach Mark Jackson. Stephen Curry finally looked over his injury woes and the rest of the team was starting to gel in a big way together. Then Mark Jackson was summarily fired in a move that resembled Coach Thibs being ejected from Chicago this season and fans didn’t really know what to expect. Steve Kerr was signed to take up the mantle as head coach, as a former NBA great, and so far the man hasn’t been disappointing. With Kerr at the forefront of an offense led by The Splash Brothers, Golden State is favored to win their first title in quite awhile – but it won’t be easy.
The Golden State Warriors come into Wednesday’s Game 1 as favorites to win the title. Golden State spearheaded a deep Western Conference by winning almost 70 games. Their opponents, the Cleveland Cavaliers, come into this series on the verge of finally being healthy, outside of the fact that Kevin Love is not going to be returning. So with the Cavs missing one of their best players, why should Golden State be concerned at all?
The answer is simple: LeBron James. Much like Steph Curry can take over a quarter with his three point shooting, LeBron James can take over a game with his physicality. Finally surrounded by competent pieces, James can marshal his strength for a big game winning push.