LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are not offended, but the Eastern Conference did not really question the Warriors in the NBA final in the last two title fights.
But maybe that's not the case The case this year.
With James heading to the Lakers this summer, the East is open for the first time in eight seasons and there are a number of teams that have the talent to win the conference and compete against the Dubs The NBA Finals The Warriors should again guide through the Western Conference glove game. (They'll do it.)
The Bucks, Raptors, 76ers and Celtics could cause trouble for Steph Curry and Co. in a potential NBA Finals match, but Warriors legend Tim Hardaway said to 95.7 The Joins "Jo, Lo and Dibs "On Wednesday, he believes one of these teams could pose real problems for the dubs with a title in the line.
"You know, I still associate with the one who is the better matchup with the dubs," Hardaway said. "You know, you've got Toronto, they played the dubs without Kawhi Leonard very well, you know, they came here in the Golden State and just beat them up, you know, without Kawhi Leonard, you have the '76, you know I still do not think they're ready for the dubs, someone like Boston, when they get to that point, they understand how to beat the dubs, and I think they understand what they do If they reach that position because they still have a long way to go after winning three or four games in the West, they went back home and go through the same stuff they went through, it gets pretty tough for them
"But I still think Toronto is probably the best team that could come from the East to play Golden State and fight for their money. You know, they are the size, they have the sportiness, they can switch to guards and they can score the basketball. I think this team ̵
Toronto looked like a title contender in the only year of the Kawhi Leonard era, and the arrival of the NBA 2014 Final MVP, paired with the emergence of Pascal Siakam and the acquisition of Marc Gasol, has made the Raptors a force
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The Raptors defeated the Warriors in the regular season with Curry and Leonard misses each one of the competitions: Toronto has the versatility, athleticism, veteran experience and starpower to cause the warriors problems with everything that's on the line.
The Raptors will have to go through a different-looking Eastern Conference to bring them the defending champions will fight to the north for the Larry O & Brien Trophy, but if they can do it A final matchup that Hardaway believes would be a proper test for the Dubs would be Kevin Durant's arrival and no one has managed to knock them off their throne If they make it into the championship round, chances are that they will suffer the same fate as their wild mascot when an asteroid hit the planet 65 million years ago – extinction.