We’ll grab ahold of explanation as to how we got there and what comes next. Hours before Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday, pockets of midges, the bugs that once chewed up Joba Chamberlain’s neck in the 2007 ALDS, hovered in the alley leading into Quicken Loans Arena. The Kardashians showed up before tipoff. You could even point to Dwyane Wade’s getup. Anything could be an omen, but we’re back in a familiar place.
That’s the best answer. Golden State isn’t in trouble of any kind unless they whiff in Game 5. That’d put the series at 3-2, and Cleveland would be every bit as much as a tough out at home as they were in 2016. At that point, the momentum is flipped, and you’re still dealing with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Doesn’t that feel like last year?
How would the two teams fare when matched up against each other? We turned to the incredibly popular video game NBA 2K17 to find out.
The NBA 2K series has a great track record with its simulation engine. Last year, when rumors began to swirl that Kevin Durant might consider joining the Warriors, it showed that doing so would lead to an NBA title by beating the Cavs and an MVP award. This season, it predicted Warriors over Cavs at the start of the year and determined the most likely NBA Finals result would be a 4-1 series victory with Durant winning Finals MVP. Can’t get more accurate than that.