Cleveland Cavaliers Have Had It Easy
The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers have both been extraordinary in the playoffs this season Neither team has lost a game but who has had the easier way to the top.
“I thought teams would compete a little harder,” Green said after shootaround on Monday. “I just watched San Antonio-Houston. I like to watch good basketball. When you watch Cleveland play, you’re only watching one side of the good basketball. That’s kind of weak.
“I like watching a good game, not even necessarily that it’s going to be a close game. I like to watch teams playing good basketball. When you watch them, you watch one team playing good basketball and everybody else do something. I don’t know what that something is.”
Green has a point. Golden State’s competition has tried to defeat them. But it seems the teams in the east just roll over for LeBron James and the Cavs.
Many say look at the Warriors and see the 10-0 record in the playoffs. But people tend to forget that Cleveland’s competition can’t touch the teams in the west.
The worst part remains that the Cavs are the second seed in the East while the Warriors are number one. In fact, if Cleveland were the top seed their teams would be far worse than who they’ve played.
When looking at the games, Golden States teams are still playing better. In fact, each team they faced have a record of .500 or better according to ESPN. Portland Trail Blazers had a record of 41-41 and the Utah Jazz went 51-31. The Jazz and the Cavs had the same record crazy enough.
The Warriors are facing the San Antonio Spurs who went 61-21 in the regular season. Amazingly enough the Western Conference Finals has the top teams in the league record wise.
Cleveland faced teams far less than average. The Toronto Raptors may contain the same record as the Cavs. But Cleveland has had their number since day one. Then the Indiana Pacers went 42-40 and barley made the playoffs.
The Cavs are facing a Boston Celtics team of 53-29. That record can’t even touch the one of the Spurs. Also, the Celtics are reminiscent of the Atlanta Hawks in the 2014-15 season. Yes, they both captured the top seed. But their level of play never made them worthy of the position.
The Cavaliers’ road in the East doesn’t compare to the Warriors in the West. The team’s records are similar in the first two rounds. But with the seeding difference the Cavs have cruised their way to the top again.
The Cavs face the Celtics Friday night in game two. The difference in talent will show tremendously.
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