Los Angeles Lakers veteran Kobe Bryant has revealed that he believes the Golden State Warriors will defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals 2015.
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Bryant was speaking prior to Game 4 on Thursday night, with the Warriors defeating the Cavs in Cleveland to level the series at 2-2 after a much improved offensive display.
With Stephen Curry slowly but surely breaking out of his slump and his teammates matching the intensity of their rivals, the Warriors appear to be in a strong spot heading home for Game 5 on Sunday.
However, with LeBron James in such great form and Cleveland doing an excellent job for the most part in limiting their opponents, the series is far from done and will likely take many more twists.
Nevertheless, Bryant is certain that if Golden State do what they’re supposed to do, then they will come out victorious to win a first title in 40 years.
“Golden State should win. But they can’t play tentatively. They can’t play scared. You’ve got play. You’ve got to step up and meet the challenge,” he told Sina Sports.
“And right now, Cleveland and LeBron, it seems like they want it a lot more. It seems like the game, this championship means a lot more to them.
“If you’re Golden State, you have to look in the mirror and ask yourself if you want to step up to this challenge.”
While Cleveland did an impressive job of breaking up Golden State’s offensive rhythm and dictating the tempo of their encounters, the Warriors finally took control on Thursday which will give them a real confidence boost after it appeared as though their hopes were slipping away.
While they certainly ‘should’ win, the Cavs will have other ideas even though fatigue is arguably becoming a factor for the Eastern Conference champions.