Amico: Cavs-Warriors the way it should be

The last time the Cavaliers played the Warriors, the Warriors won by 34 points. It felt like 134.

A few days later, David Blatt was fired.

Since then, the Cavs have been a different team — especially in the playoffs.

Aside from a couple of meltdowns vs. the Raptors, the Cavs have found a winning formula. They are 12-2 in the postseason under Tyronn Lue, with their Big Three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love finally coming together.

The Cavs are playing with joy.

And as Warriors forward Draymond Green told TNT: “They’re rolling right now.”

That’s the truth. No one has dominated this postseason like these Cavs.

The Warriors? Well, they won a league-record 73 games. They still boast Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Green and a whole conglomerate of Steve Kerr disciples. They pass, they cut, they shoot — man, do they ever shoot.

Yeah, they beat the Cavs by 34.

The Cavs remember that. Man, do they remember that.

They also remember last season’s Finals.

Irving was injured. Love was injured. It was basically LeBron and a bunch of guys who fans outside of Cleveland barely knew: Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova, Iman ShumpertJ.R. Smith and his disappearing act.

Now, the teams are back in the Finals.

Now, the Cavs believe they’re better than ever.

“It’s like somebody drunk the Kool-Aid, because they’re all locked in,” Warriors forward Andre Iguodala said when asked about today’s Cavs.

This isn’t to say the Cavs won’t have their matchup issues. But LeBron James and belief in the system can carry you places. On top of that, the Cavs have suddenly rediscovered themselves on defense.

Of course, the Warriors are rolling again themselves — having overcome a 3-1 deficit vs. the mighty Thunder out West.

So while these Finals are a little different in how the teams arrived, these Finals are also much the same.

It’s the Cavs. It’s the Warriors. It’s the first time two No. 1 seeds actually got this far since 2008.

And this time, they both are riding high.

Neither team would want it any other way. Because whoever wins this series, without a doubt, really is the best.

1 Comment on "Amico: Cavs-Warriors the way it should be"

  1. aurora dizon | May 31, 2016 at 8:23 pm |

    Dear Mr. Amico: Why are we not complaining about warriors the referees always protecting them. Unfair, just touch Curry a little and it is a foul but kicking on Green’s part is not intentional and just his move. He practices that, very sneaky. They are good shooters how come the NBA helps and protect them. I thought Americans are just but not anymore. They love money too much. Can I have the email of the commissioner. I will give him a piece of my mind even if he does not listen. He tries to have a front that he is a fair guy when it comes to the warriors, I think he is biased.SAD. Why give all advantages to the warriors? They are already good. Ramming Curry down our throats. If you agree and you cannot give me the commissioner’s e-mail. why not complain for me.Thanks for bearing with me. Cavs will win if Lebron’s teammates can be relied on and they can shoot and not having a cold spell again.

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