Stakes are high for Golden State and Houston in Game 7

In Eastern conference finals, Cleveland dominated the series 4-3 against the Celtics and are now well on their way to yet another championship. Meanwhile, stakes are pretty high for Warriors and the Rockets as we all get to witness it unfold tomorrow night in game 7 in the west. I honestly didn't think the Cavs would make it this far - all things considered - yet here we are. 

Despite the loss, Boston was able to put up a ferocious fight, maintaining a 1-2 point lead well into the 4th quarter of game 7. Jayson Tatum impressively moving like it was familiar territory. By keeping a steady, consistent pace in all 40 minutes of play time, he was able to be one of the lead scorers of the game right under teammate, Terry Rozier.

I can't be the only one who wants to see a different match up in the finals. It's already bad enough that Lebron James has - once again - managed to lead this team to the finals for the 8th year in the row. With 35 points, 15 rebounds, and 9 assists in the last game of the series, with a load he's never had to carry in previous seasons, King James is well aware of what's on the line for him and the franchise as this point. Even if we were to motion quickly back to game 2 when he exploded with 42 points, most of which took place in the first quarter, we could clearly see how hungry and eager he is to solidify his legacy as one of the greatest to ever do it. Despite being drained by the repetition of it all, a part of me believes that Lebron knows he deserves another ring and I can't say I disagree with that notion one bit.

It's hard to overlook Kevin Love, who has has also been a major factor in leading Cleveland throughout the playoffs, especially when they were facing Toronto earlier this month. It was unfortunate that he was ruled out in game 7, which meant everyone else (namely J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson, and Jeff Green) were in a position to step up to the plate to make up for his absence. 

What's next in the West?

As far as the Western conference is concerned, I've been pulling for Rockets to be the last man standing, simply for the sake of newness and seeing a different match up in the finals. For the past 3 years, it's been back and forth between Golden State and Cleveland. Enough is enough! Personally, I've only been partially interested since 2010 when my Los Angeles Lakers were the NBA Champions for the second consecutive year. Even back then, it was a relief to watch them face 2 different teams. Sentiment aside, I only semi believe Houston has it in them to break the cycle and bring down the Warriors' empire.

Alongside Curry and Durant, Klay Thompson has shown a lot of heart attempting to move the Warriors forward. Consistently explosive and energized has made him seem like an incredible player to start and keep in most of the game. The trio makes it hard to believe that Houston has the manpower to stand their ground in game 7. As much as I don't want to see another rerun of Golden State vs. Cleveland in the finals, that's what it looks like is about to happen.

Stay tuned...