Warriors one win away from repeating as NBA champions

By all accounts, the Golden State Warriors have had nothing short of a golden season. Whether it be beginning their record-setting regular season with "the streak," Stephen Curry winning another Most Valuable Player trophy, or the "Splash Brothers" as the final two competitors in this year's 3-point competition at All-Star weekend, whether you love them or hate them, and whether you're a Dub Nation lifer or new to the bandwagon, they've brought a buzz to the NBA that people can't help but be swept up by.

Now, as they hold a 3-1 lead in the 2016 NBA Finalsover the Cleveland Cavaliers, these Warriors have certainly lived up to their namesake, and, in so doing, have put themselves one win away from claiming a second straight NBA title -- the highest prize in all of Basketball.

Even if, by some chance, they don't manage to close things out in Game 5, the Warriors have given themselves enough cushion to make any attempt by the Cavaliers to dethrone them essentially impossible. One can certainly argue that the Warriors themselves accomplished such a feat in the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but, still, it's highly unlikely.

Cleveland Cavaliers likely to suffer defeat for second year in a row

This certainly isn't any hate toward LeBron James, as, even in losing efforts, James still puts up great numbers and consistently carries any team that he's on. Even as a member of the Miami Heat where he was surrounded by All-Star talent, he was still the main option.

However, when talking of legacy and impact in the larger context of the history of basketball, one cannot ignore the fact that, if LeBron James and the Cavaliers eventually lose in these finals, LeBron James and LeBron James-led teams will be 2-7 all-time in Finals history.

Wild West and Easy East

There is the old adage that second place is the first loser, and, there's something to be said about this.

In the larger context of the game, much of it has to do with the fact that there is still a great discrepancy when it comes to the talent pools of the Eastern and Western Conferences. Not taking anything away from making 7 finals appearances, but, it can be argued that both the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs are better teams than the Cleveland Cavaliers, and, the only thing that has allowed LeBron James-led teams to make that many Finals appearances is by coming out of a weaker conference, not by being one of the two best teams in the game competing for a title.

Will the Warriors put the icing on the cake of their historic season, or, will the Cavaliers avoid elimination? Tune in to Game 5 on ABC, or watch online via ESPN.

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