The Cavaliers were down 3-1 in the 2016 NBA Finals, and they won it in seven. Currently, Cleveland is down 3-1 in the 2017 NBA Finals. Can they do it again? While the Cavs are the defending champions, Richard Jefferson believes the pressure is all on the Warriors:
“It’s not on us. Where’s the pressure on us? They had a 73-win team and they added a former MVP (Durant). We added Kyle Korver and Deron Williams. They added an MVP to a 73-win team after being up 3-1 and then KD was up 3-1. The pressure is all on them. We’re the defending champs. We believe that we have enough here to win a championship. We haven’t played great thus far, but there’s no pressure on us. There never has. There’s never been that. It’s been about them proving that last year was a fluke, KD validating the move here, which it’s been validated, but, no. We feel very comfortable.”
I actually believe the pressure is on the Warriors. In the NBA, the best team usually wins. Barring a miracle, the best team will win this series. Unfortunately, for Cleveland, the best team in the NBA is the Golden State Warriors.