Normally, four beats three. As in, four basketball all-stars should whip three basketball all-stars.
But not when one of the three all-stars is LeBron James.
It’s why the Cleveland Cavaliers (James-Kyrie Irving-Kevin Love) should beat the Golden State Warriors (Steph Curry-Kevin Durant-Klay Thompson-Draymond Green) in the NBA Finals, which start Thursday night in what could be an epic battle.
James won’t win the regular season most valuable player award, which likely will go to selfish stat-stuffer Russell Westbrook. But the playoffs have proved yet again that James is the best player on Earth and, if the Cavs win this series, a top five all-timer possibly on his way to No. 1.
It’s a matter of will, and James will carry the Cavs to their second straight title and his fourth overall.
Prediction – Cavs in seven games in an instant classic.
Person most likely to make this prediction wrong – Durant, a cold-blooded sniper desperate for a title.
Unsung hero – Tristan Thompson for the Cavs, a double-double machine.
Playoff MVP – With apologies to Elton John: “And he shall be LeBron. And he shall be a good man. He shall be LeBron.”
RANDOM SHOTS AND SECOND THOUGHTS
Much ado about nxthxng: So, President Trump pumps out a tweet with a typo, using the nonexistent word “covfefe” instead of what likely should have been “coverage.” It was a typo, nothing to be alarmed about. Like in 2008 when presidential candidate Barack Obama said he had been to 57 U.S. states. Obviously, Obama knows America has 50 states; he just inadvertently misspoke. Again, nothing to worry about.
Tiger watch: Much has been made of Tiger’s infidelities nearly a decade ago and how that supposedly ended his effectiveness on the golf course. It wasn’t his personal life, though, that has kept him from winning a major since 2008. It’s been health issues, particularly with his back. And now it’s Father Time taking its toll. Yes, Tiger should not have been driving under the influence earlier this week, but that apparently was a reaction to his prescription medication, not from drinking alcohol. It’s not necessarily an indicator that his personal life is again spinning out of control.
Too much minutiae: Play-by-play announcer Scott Franzke and analyst Larry Andersen are a great combo as the radio broadcasters for Phillies’ baseball games. They play well off each other. Franzke, though, emphasizes statistics way too much. Forget the minutiae. Focus on the game or instead tell us a story, not that a particular hitter is 2-for-13 in night games with two outs and runners in scoring position.