Basketball : NBA 2017/2018 season preview
Warriors beat Cavaliers to clinch NBA title
The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to capture their second championship in three years. Before Cleveland's 137-116 home victory in Game 4, Golden State was a perfect 15-0 and had a chance to become the first NBA team to go unbeaten in the playoffs. The Warriors swept the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs to earn their NBA Finals berth.
Kevin Durant was named finals MVP after scoring over 30 points in each of the five games - he averaged 35.2 per game across the series.
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NBA 2017/18 key dates
- September 30 : Preseason begins
- October 17 : Regular season starts
- February 18 : All-Star Game (Los Angeles)
- April 11 : Regular season ends
- April 14 : NBA Playoffs begin
NBA 2017/178 favorites
These are odds to win NBA 2017/18 Championship published by online bookmakers before the start of the season:
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Last season, Golden State Warriors over-matched Cleveland Cavaliers in theirs third straight Finals match up. This year, with Kevin Durant taking a pay cut, the team did a masterful job of bringing back just about all of the key players from last year's championship run and signed Omri Casspi and Nick Young to round out the roster. Their lineup still boasts three of the League's top five shooters, its most versatile defender and a roster full of malleable pieces that give progressive head coach Steve Kerr all the personnel to exploit and adapt to any situation. If healthy, the Warriors should be a lock to make it three titles in four years.
The Cleveland Cavaliers has won the Eastern Conference the last three seasons under the leadership of LeBron James, and this year should be no different. Despite trading Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, it can be argued that Cleveland will be better off in the long run. Adding a piece like Jae Crowder will be huge for the Cavs, as his biggest offensive strength is shooting corner threes, which will be uncontested while sharing the floor with LeBron James. The Cavs' biggest weakness last season was a lack of depth at the point guard position. Now, with players like Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade potentially coming off the bench during the playoffs, Cleveland will benefit from having multiple guards who can get their own shots. Also, Isiah Thomas is scheduled to return around mid-season, giving Cleveland a twenty-five point scorer around the All-Star break.
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After overachieving last season, the Houston Rockets pulled off one of the more surprising moves of the summer. With Chris Paul now joining James Harden, the Rockets have one of the league's best backcourts. While the Rockets have lost some of the scoring depth that made them so relentless, Paul's greatest contribution will be his ability to limit the load on Harden's shoulders, helping the two-time MVP runner-up stay spry for the stretch run.
With only four returning players from last year's roster, the Boston Celtics will likely experience growing pains during the early stages of the new season. With new players like Kyle Irving, Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum, Boston will not lack firepower on the offensive end of the floor, but with the amount of shuffling that took place on their roster, some new problems may have been raised. The reasonable expectation for this team is to give the Cavaliers a good fight in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The NBA finals in the last five years
2017 Golden State - Cleveland 4:1
2016 Cleveland - Golden State 4:3
2015 Golden State - Cleveland 4:2
2014 San Antonio - Miami 4:1
2013 Miami - San Antonio 4:3
The table shows the overall number of NBA titles since 1947 and team success in the last five seasons.
Guards Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore, Forwards Taurean Prince and Ersan Ilyasova, Center Dewayne Dedmon
Guards Jeremy Lin and D'Angelo Russell, Forwards Allen Crabbe and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Center Timofey Mozgov
Guards Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown, Forwards Gordon Hayward and Marcus Morris, Center Al Horford
Guards Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum, Forwards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams, Center Dwight Howard
Guards Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine, Forwards Paul Zipser and Nikola Mirotic, Center Robin Lopez
Guards Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade, Forwards LeBron James and Jae Crowder, Center Kevin Love
Guards Dennis Smith Jr. and Seth Curry, Forwards Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes, Center Dirk Nowitzki
Guards Jamal Murray and Gary Harris, Forwards Wilson Chandler and Paul Millsap, Center Nikola Jokic
Guards Reggie Jackson and Avery Bradley, Forwards Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer, Center Andre Drummond
Golden State Warriors
Guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Forwards Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, Center Zaza Pachulia
Guards Chris Paul and James Harden, Forwards Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson, Center Clint Capela
Guards Darren Collison and Victor Oladipo, Forwards Bojan Bogdanovic and Thaddeus Young, Center Myles Turner
Los Angeles Clippers
Guards Patrick Beverley and Austin Rivers, Forwards Danilo Gallinari and Blake Griffin, Center DeAndre Jordan
Los Angeles Lakers
Guards Lonzo Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Forwards Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle, Center Brook Lopez
Guards Mike Conley and Tyreke Evans, Forwards Chandler Parsons and JaMychal Green, Center Marc Gasol
Guards Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters, Forwards Rodney McGruder and James Johnson, Center Hassan Whiteside
Guards Jeff Teague and Andrew Wiggins, Forwards Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson, Center Karl-Anthony Towns
Guards Malcolm Brogdon and Tony Snell, Forwards Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo, Center Thon Maker
New Orleans Pelicans
Guards Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday, Forwards Darius Miller and Anthony Davis, Center DeMarcus Cousins
New York Knicks
Guards Ramon Sessions and Tim Hardaway Jr., Forwards Doug McDermott and Kristaps Porzingis, Center Willy Hernangomez
Oklahoma City Thunder
Guards Russell Westbrook and Andre Roberson, Forwards Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, Center Steven Adams
Guards Elfrid Payton and Terrence Ross, Forwards Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon, Center Nikola Vucevic
Guards Markelle Fultz and J.J. Redick, Forwards Robert Covington and Ben Simmons, Center Joel Embiid
Guards Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker, Forwards T.J. Warren and Marquese Chriss, Center Tyson Chandler
Portland Trail Blazers
Guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, Forwards Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu, Center Jusuf Nurkic
San Antonio Spurs
Guards Tony Parker and Danny Green, Forwards Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, Center Pau Gasol
Guards George Hill and Buddy Hield, Forwards Justin Jackson and Skal Labissiere, Center Willie Cauley-Stein
Guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, Forwards C.J. Miles and Serge Ibaka, Center Jonas Valanciunas
Guards Ricky Rubio and Rodney Hood, Forwards Joe Ingles and Derrick Favors, Center Rudy Gobert
Guards John Wall and Bradley Beal, Forwards Otto Porter and Markieff Morris, Center Marcin Gortat