If there is one thing the NBA has taught us over the last four years, it’s that the Golden State Warriors will be in the Finals. That doesn’t mean the league is boring, though. The 2018-19 NBA season will also be the first in five years the Cleveland Cavaliers (barring a miracle) haven’t faced the Warriors there.
LeBron James took his final licks in Cleveland, packed his bags, and moved to sunny Southern California. Now tasked with turning the hapless Los Angeles Lakers back into the always exciting “Showtime” Lakers, James has a chance to prove he truly is king. We’ll be curious to see if he’s up to the challenge.
Moving east, the conference seems wide open. Aside from the powerhouse that is the Boston Celtics, no other team in the east stands above the crowd. The Raptors are pinning their hopes on Kawhi Leonard, although he’s considered to be a one year rental from analysts around the league.
So where does that leave the Eastern Conference? Do the teams roll over for Boston as they did for the Caves for four years, or do they fight back, re-energized at the possibility that anything can happen again? Does John Wall finally help Washington make the leap Titletown? Our guess is not this year. The Celtics are too good not to reach the Finals for the first time since 2010. As for who they’ll face; Well, barring a disastrous string of injuries in the Bay Area, we don’t really need to ask.