The NBA was warned. The suspense was over. It was pre-ordained for Golden State to cruise to the NBA title as soon as Kevin Durant signed with the Warriors in July.
The Warriors went 15-1 in the 2017 NBA playoffs on their way to their second title in three years. Is this the kind of postseason excitement the league seeks? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: It’s absurd that the NBA collective bargaining agreement allows players to conspire and create dominant teams.
As a longtime sports executive, I think this is a sad state of affairs in the NBA.
Iguodala was a plus-54 over the first four games, running his total plus/minus in the two Cavs-Warriors finals (six games in 2015, four in 2016) to plus-116, easily the best production of any player on either team over that span. According to NBA.com, second on that list at the time Basketball Jerseys Custom was Green, at plus-71.
It all fell apart from there, as is easily remembered. Iguodala was a minus-35 in the final three games last June. Now, the key question is, why? Did James figure out some things that helped him poke holes in Iguodala’s D? Or did Iguodala’s back injury — which came after James’ big Game 5 — just slow him down too much?
Iguodala, for his part, is taking the same approach as usual to James in this series, but, at the same time, has been watching film to identify new Cavs wrinkles.
“He’s so dynamic, he can hurt you different ways, especially with his passing ability,” Iguodala said. “They have new sets they put in because they have different personnel, how Buy Cheap Jerseys he looks for those guys. You are always trying to look for new things.”