Sunday, June 5, 2016

Record-wise, the Warriors vs. Cavaliers Finals is like a No. 1 vs. No. 8 first-round matchup

The Warriors went 73-9 in the regular season.  In addition to setting the all-time NBA record for wins (as well as various other marks), Golden State also finished 16 games better than the Cavaliers (57-25).

Sixteen games.

For comparison, do you know who Cleveland was 16 games in front of?  The 41-41 Washington Wizards, who ended up 10th in the Eastern Conference and missed the playoffs (also the 41-41 Rockets, the eighth seed in the West).

The gap between the two Finals participants was equivalent to the difference between the No. 1 and No. 10 squads in the East this year.  By that logic, the Warriors should be a bigger favorite over the Cavs than Cleveland was in its No. 1 vs. No. 8 first-round matchup against the 44-38 Pistons (a sweep).  Obviously it's not that simple--unless this series becomes a blowout, in which case maybe it is.

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