They did it! The defending champions, Cleveland Cavaliers have claimed another Eastern conference championship in the NBA Playoffs after eliminating the Boston Celtics, 4-1. The stage is now set. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are going to write the third chapter in their championship rivalry. The Warriors will host the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the finals, which will take place on June 1st. What better way to start the month of June than with what should be an amazing treat of basketball action?
Each team has won a championship over the last two seasons, making this one the rubber match. Tensions are high as the rivalry between these two clubs has intensified over the years. Barbs have been exchanged and egos have been bruised, but at the end of the day what matters to these players is winning that coveted NBA title.
The season is now over for the Boston Celtics. They showed that they had what it took to outdo the Cavs in the regular season. They get some well-deserved rest and a chance to take a long hard look at that they need to do to get to that next level and make it to the finals. Will they make major roster changes this off-season? Having the first-overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft will definitely be an ace up their sleeve. It opens up many options for them. They can invest in the future with a talented rookie or trade the prized pick to another team and get some valuable assets in return. What ever move or moves they make or don’t make will have a big impact on their prospects for a title run in 2017-18.
For now, all eyes will be turned to the Cavs-Warriors match-up. One thing’s for certain, whether the series goes the full seven-game distance or not, fans all over the world will be treated to some amazing basketball.