Here we go again. For the fourth consecutive year, it will be the Golden State Warriors vs LeBron James & Friends (or the “Cleveland Cavaliers” if you want to split hairs) duking it out in the NBA Finals.
Steph Curry and the Warriors overcame an abominable start to Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals to overpower the Houston Rockets in a script that should feel all-too-familiar for basketball fans.
The Warriors were sloppy and outworked in the first quarter amid fierce Rockets defensive pressure, leading coach Steve Kerr to label it “one of the worst quarters of basketball we’ve ever played” in a wild on-court interview that ended almost as quickly as it began.
Enter: Curry, Kevin Durant, and the kind of Warriors.
Durant exploded for 34 points, with Curry following close behind on 27, and the Warriors’ defence woke up, forcing James Harden and the Houston Rockets into an astounding stretch where they missed 29 out of 30 shots from beyond the arc, leading to the Warriors taking the game 101-92, and the series four games to three.
This means Cleveland and Golden State will meet in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year.
Twitter, as you’d imagine, has some feelings about this.
I hope every single starter on both the Cavs and Warriors get hurt so we get 7 games of bench players and every game ends like 52-47— Dave Rappoccio (@DrawPlayDave) May 29, 2018
just skip the regular season and the playoffs from now on. golden state vs whatever team lebron is on. stop wasting my time.— bobby (@bobby) May 29, 2018
When your hamstring guarantees Warriors/Cavs for the billionth year in a row pic.twitter.com/VYqq5COKrk— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) May 29, 2018
"The Cavs and Warriors will meet in the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive season."— James???????????? (@ScriptsByJames) May 29, 2018
"Y'all didn't want another Cavs vs Warriors? Haha shame." pic.twitter.com/EZ0EbDemZ1— HEAT NATION (@HeatvsHaters) May 29, 2018
The Warriors & The Cavs are like couples on Valentine’s Day, do a whole bunch of extra shit just to get the same result you got the last time…— Chico Bean (@chicoBean) May 29, 2018
After several months of trying to convince ourselves the NBA isn't as predictable as we thought, here we are again. Cavs-Warriors 4.0— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) May 29, 2018
Another Cavs vs. Warriors finals pic.twitter.com/DhDgrYul7M— Ben Wegmann (@benwegmann) May 29, 2018
Cavs and warriors showing up to the finals every season pic.twitter.com/KDL1MzyaLg— John Paiz (@BulldogUTSA) May 29, 2018
me during the warriors-cavs finals four years ago vs. me today pic.twitter.com/IHMJ1X3gv9— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) May 29, 2018
MVP of the on-going tsunami of jokes goes to CBS Sports, though, who had this absolutely cracking parody of the Family Matters opening credits locked and loaded.
"Season 4 of Cavs vs. Warriors was recorded in front of a live studio audience." pic.twitter.com/xQJOdJAHSl— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) May 29, 2018
Which would mean that Adam Silver is Urkel and yes, he almost assuredly did do that.
The NBA Finals, once again featuring Cleveland and Golden State, starts later this week.
God help us all.