On the 4th of July, Kevin Durant signed a contract to play for the Golden State Warriors, creating 2 clear “super-teams”, the Cavaliers in the East and the Warriors in the West. Reactions ranged from shock, to anger, to disbelief. Now, about 1/5 of the way through the season, the NBA is much different than the last season.
One significant thing to take note of is the 2 losses that Golden State has this early in the season. At this time of last year, the Warriors were undefeated. They started out with a 30 point loss to the Spurs this year, which left many surprised and spectacle of the ability of Golden State to play as a team. After being blown out by the mediocre Lakers, the Warriors have gone on a 12 game win streak which has propelled them from 4th to 2nd on the ESPN Power Rankings.
1st on the Power Rankings is the Cleveland Cavaliers. Sitting on top of the Eastern Conference with a 13-3 record, the Cavs have looked absolutely dominant so far. With Kevin Love having a 34 point quarter, Kyrie, LeBron, and Love combining for 90 points against the 76ers, and having the top ranked defense, Cleveland is head and shoulders above the rest of the teams in the East.
The Cavaliers and Warriors will face off for the first time season this Christmas. It will be a rematch of the last two NBA Finals and is bound to be a great game. It will be interesting to see how LeBron and the Cavaliers will match up against Kevin Durant and the Warriors.