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Finals series can’t afford another blowout

Cleveland was supposed to challenge the Golden State Warriors but unless things turnaround quickly from the Game 1 blowout, this NBA Finals could be even more disappointing than the playoffs leading up to it.

At the end of this quite terrible NBA playoffs, the third straight championship meeting between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers was supposed to be a real heavyweight clash that was going to make all of the other boring stuff worth watching.

Both the Warriors and Cavaliers outclassed their opponents on their road to the NBA Finals; the Cavaliers lost the only playoff game between the two teams to get to the championship series. And now, Game 1 was a blowout. So disappointing.

The Warriors beat the Cavaliers 113-90. No, the series is not over; the Cavs most certainly can come back in the series, especially when games get to Cleveland. But the fact that the game was not even competitive in the second half made it such a snoozer of a championship series game; particularly a let down when this finals matchup was supposed to save the entire NBA series.

It’s not fair to blame the Warriors for being such a well-run organization and figuring out how to add one of the very best players in the league to their already great team. Honestly, more blame should be put on all of the other poorly run franchises that passed on tremendous talents like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in the draft, and the Oklahoma City Thunder for failing to build a real championship contender around Durant. But the imbalance in the NBA this year has hurt the product we’ve gotten.

Durant seemed like he was hitting everything he wanted as he scored 38 points in Game 1. Stephen Curry was his always dangerous self and scored 28 points with 10 assists in the game. The Warriors hit 12 3-pointers in the game.

The Cavaliers did hit 11 3-pointers but shot much worse as they were forcing way too much and looked a step slower. Of course, the great LeBron James had his big night with 28 points and 15 rebounds, while Kevin Love looked like his young self with 21 rebounds to go with 15 points. Kyrie Irving also had 24 points. However, after the big three, nobody did anything. The rest of the team – nine players, with seven coming off the bench – combined to score just 23 points. Everybody outside the Warrior’s star duo contributed to the game in some way. Even Patrick McCraw, who didn’t score, grabbed three rebounds in his three minutes to make his presence felt.

Tristan Thompson was horribly disappointing in the game, with zero points and only four rebounds in 22 minutes. JR Smith was just 1-for-4 from the floor for three points. Kyle Korver was shutout in 20 minutes, and Deron Williams had zero points in 19 minutes.

But the disappointing supporting cast in Game 1 for Cleveland is what makes it too early to give up on this series. They certainly could have better games and avoid the blowout. But even if the series goes to game six or seven, the NBA still needs close games, not just a close series, to avoid this postseason being a complete trainwreck.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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