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The Toronto Raptors have made their first NBA Finals ever thanks to the excellent play of Kawhi Leonard. The vacuum that Lebron left in the East is certainly being filled by now arguably the best player in the NBA.
But if you start listing the top 10 players in the NBA, you have to notice that Golden State might just have 3 or 4 of them. On one team. And even though Kevin Durant is definitely out the first game of the finals, and might miss the entire thing, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are the best trio there is (and maybe ever will be). I would argue they are all top 10 players.
So as SI suggests, this Finals will come down to how Golden State decides to defend Leonard. I'm of the mind that Draymond Green is playing out of his mind and can contain Leonard. But Green won't play all 60 minutes. Then again, neither will Leonard. Still there will be times when Draymond is not on the court defending Kawhi and others will have to step up. That has not worked out for any other team in the league so far. But the Warriors are different, right?
Maybe. And that's the most interesting thing this NBA Finals in particular will answer. We all know Golden State can contain Lebron over a series. For the most part. But Kawhi is a step up over Lebron on the defensive side (sorry Lebron apologists) and right now he can score just as proficiently.
We have the Warriors going for a 3rd championship in a row and the Raptors making their first appearance and hoping to win their first. Does feel a bit like a David v Goliath story, with Kawhi as the massive wild card.. how do you see Kawhi performing in this finals?
If the Raptors win, Kawhi will be the finals MVP, no question. I feel like Golden State will win it 4-2. But gotta say I'm kinda hoping it goes to 7 and Kawhi somehow someway pulls off the upset.