I was thinking, "I have gotten to see three championship runs and six finals appearances in my twenties alone, meanwhile my poor friend Leo hasn't gotten to see one in ages, and he could keel over any second"
don't the Bruins, bro
I think there's a pretty solid chance of another title next year TBH, with injuries being the biggest variable. Ownership is committed to keeping everyone. Poole and Klay will probably make jumps, Wiseman hopefully re-enters the lineup. Kuminga and Moody may be Finals-playable come 2023. And everyone will have more experience playing together. Obviously over a 7-game series, nothing is a given, and a team could rise up next year outta nowhere to dominate the West. But IMO they're stronger favorites than your average incumbent champ is—in part because none of the Nets, 6ers, Clippers, etc seem to be getting their act together like we expected them to—though obviously folks like Simmons & Kawhi could well come back next year as All-NBA tier players, and really change the landscape.I'd like to see them and the Giannis Bucks go at it, both teams in full health
as good as Cs are defensively, they just can't hang offensively, and yeah are young and sloppy
and I don't know how Ws are going to slow down a motivated Giannis, that's a tall order even for Draymond Green
I'm never betting against a healthy Steph to pull out the magic and get it done, but that's a series I'd like to see
yr take on the Ws is, unsurprisingly best-case scenario optimistic, but I'd stilll have to call them the strongest contender going into next year, barring trades etc between now and then. I doubt they'll be able to keep everyone - I agree w/Linebaugh, good as he's been Poole is probably most expendable - but I like their young talent (always helps rookies to go into a good situation). Wiseman has tons of potential if he can stay healthy - big guys with knee problems are worrying.If Klay returns to previous defensive shape, they've got a very solid defensive core—Green, Wiggs, Thompson, GP2—that's four All-Defense-level players at their peaks