Champion Warriors still have the edge, says Ginebra's Tim Cone
Paul Lintag on May 31, 2019 07:39 AM
FILE - PORTLAND, OR - MAY 18: Head Coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors draws up a play against the Portland Trail Blazers during Game Three of the Western Conference Finals on May 18, 2019 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
For the first time in five years, the NBA Finals features a fresh matchup.
Well not too fresh since the Golden State Warriors are still in it, but still fresh enough because on the other side are the Toronto Raptos.
Yes, the Raptors. The Six. Drake is in the Finals. Jurassic Park baby.
However, while these NBA Finals offer a new matchup, the result will still be pretty much the same in Golden State winning a third straight title and fourth in the last five years.
That is according to Brgy. Ginebra head coach Tim Cone, widely regarded as the greatest coach in the Philippine Basketball Association.
“I just don’t see how you can go against the Warriors,” Cone told ABS-CBN Sports when asked about the 2019 NBA Finals.
“They’re a complete team, they scheme really well defensively, they have great quickness and speed. I think their defense is really underrated. Everybody kinda looks at their three-point shooting and their transition but really that’s all keyed with their defense. And defense wins championships,” he added.
Cone still has the Warriors winning the whole thing even as Kawhi Leonard has embarked on an incredible showing throughout these playoffs.
Coach Tim will go with Golden State even as the two-time champs are missing two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant to start the series. He believes the Dubs are actually better with just one MVP in Steph Curry on the active roster.
“The thing with Kawhi is, I don’t know how healthy he is, even though he’s playing at a high level,” Cone said.
“And I’m one of those guys that believe that the Warriors are better without KD. I think they run their system better [without Durant], I don’t think they subjugate to KD’s game and they just go out and play. I don’t think it’s any surprise that they’re playing their best basketball the whole year with the group they have on the floor [now]. That’s the original championship team,” he added.
For the first time in five NBA Finals, the Warriors will also have no homecourt as the series opens in Toronto Thurday (Friday, PHL time).
That won’t be too bothersome for the champs says Cone.
“I don’t think the Warriors are gonna be worried too much,” he said.
“I’ll be surprised if it goes beyong five games. That’s just my opinion, I could certainly be wrong,” Cone added.
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