As we near Thursday’s NBA Finals Game 1 tilt between the Warriors and the Cavaliers, many already have the writing on the wall for the defending champion Cavs. From the many pundits who think the Cavaliers will be lucky to come away with one game, to the aficionado’s known as Vegas Oddsmakers, everyone seems to think that the Warriors have this thing in the bag. Well, not quite everyone. Here are three reasons why the Cavaliers not only CAN but WILL win this year's NBA Finals.
Baseball is a game of failure. You fail 3 out of 10 times, you’re a hall of famer. Through eight games, Jose Altuve is hitting just .188. He hasn’t hit any home runs, no extra base hits, and has only stolen one bag. It’s not the typical play we see from Altuve, but it’s so early in the season, there really isn’t any reason to worry.
As the season began to unfold and teams started to develop and progress, there was one team that never quite seemed to reach fruition. They were hampered by injury throughout much of the season prior to the All-Star Break, the Miami Heat have surged as of late, winning 19 of their last 23 games with a hefty double digit game win streak stashed right in the middle of that run. How have the Miami Heat managed to climb back into a, surprisingly interesting Eastern Conference playoff race? More importantly, once in the playoffs, do they have any shot of making any noise. The answer in short, by playing Miami Heat basketball, and they sure do. The long answers are a lot more fun though, check them out.
Plenty of aces fell off of cliffs in 2016. There was Adam Wainwright, who looked to be moving towards inevitable age-related decline. There was Zack Greinke, who crashed and burned after signing a huge contract. And then there was Dallas Keuchel — the 2015 AL Cy Young Winner.
The day I saw the Yankees draft Aaron Judge in the first round out of Fresno State in 2013, I didn’t know too much about him. But once I looked him up, I was extremely impressed in his raw power and athleticism for such an enormous guy. As mentioned above, he stands 6 foot 7, and 282 pounds. Now that’s quite heavy. But this guy is absolutely sheer muscle.