LEBRON James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are a win away from the NBA Finals, but the superstar's friend and former high school teammate believes it will be all uphill for them even if they get there.
Two reasons - Golden State and Steph Curry.
Alaska import Romeo Travis, James’ high school teammate at St. Vincent-St. Mary, said the Cavaliers are dominant in the playoffs because the four-time NBA MVP knows how to raise his game in the playoffs.
However, Travis felt a trip to the finals for the first time since 2007 won’t guarantee an NBA championship for the long-suffering Cavs, believing the Warriors, led by season MVP Curry, remain the title favorites.
“They (Cavaliers) are the favorites to make it to the finals, but Golden State is the favorite to win it all,” Travis told Spin.ph, just before Alaska’s practice on Tuesday at the Gatorade Hoops Center.
“They (Warriors) have the current MVP in Steph Curry, a great, amazing player and right now, he’s on top of his game.”
Golden State currently leads its Western Conference Finals series against Houston, 3-1, following the Rockets’ 128-115 victory on Tuesday. The Warriors try to wrap up a finals berth in Game Four on Thursday.
Travis said he has yet to talk to his high school pal in a while, saying the two-time NBA champion turns his mobile phone off during the playoffs.
Travis said the Warriors are getting so much attention not only because of Curry and his ‘Splash Brothers’ partner Klay Thompson but also because of a deep lineup of role players led by Andrew Bogut and Andre Iguodala.
“They (Warriors) are the favorites because they have a better team (than the Cavaliers),” said the left-handed Alaska import, adding the Warriors have a phalanx of crack defenders to throw at James.
“If they make it to the Finals, they’re gonna throw a whole bunch of people at him (James) like Iguodala, Harrison Barnes, Dreymond Green. So it’s gonna be more difficult for him in the series because they just gonna throw bodies on him,” added the 30-year-old Travis, who played college basketball for the University of Akron.
Travis said James and the Cavs’ only chance to win the NBA title should they make it to the Finals, is to get three-time All-Star guard Kyrie Irving back from injury.
“He’s (James) gonna need a lot of help. They’re gonna need Kyrie to come out and play, because his offense is gonna be needed,” Travis.