The Golden State Warriors won the 2018 NBA Finals, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0. This was the fourth straight NBA Finals that featured these two rivals and their first time that Cleveland has been swept since the 2007 finals. However you wish to marquee this NBA Finals, is it still Cleveland versus Golden State. Watching the games was pure torture, you knew that Golden State was more than Cleveland could handle. The fact of the matter is LeBron James and company may have had a better chance with his lineup before the NBA trade. Nevertheless, LeBron James is going to likely move to a different pasture and attempt to dethrone the Warriors. Regardless of what team he goes to, James will eventually cross paths with the Golden State Warriors next season.
This familiarity within the NBA and the playoffs brings about a question. Is the dominance of the Golden State Warriors bad for the NBA? A fair question to ask, however, the answer is no. The NBA has been a league of dynasties since it’s inception. Golden State just went about achieving said dynasty in a different way. The Celtics dynasty featured Larry Bird and Kevin McHale. The Lakers featured Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the 1980’s. Then, in the 2000’s when Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal won three straight Championships. Even the Chicago Bulls had superstars with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. The key difference here is the addition of Kevin Durant to an already dominant team.
Still, the ratings of the 2018 NBA Finals suffered. Game 4 was down 11% from Game 4 in the 2017 NBA Finals. Once Game 3 was complete, everyone knew the end result of Game 3. Furthermore, if this is bad for the NBA, then why do we watch? How soon we forget we were close to seeing a Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics NBA Finals. Yes, the NBA has never been better despite the ratings. Next season, teams will reload and the league will have more talent and more competition. As much as we want to think the NBA is the same teams over and over again, remember, that’s how it’s always been.