Originally Posted by pegasus
When both teams were healthy and the league was staying out of it in the first 4 games of 2016, the GSW was leading the series 3-1. That's all the proof you need to know that the 2015 ring was legit. They would have won regardless.
This stupid take again. Listen, dumbass, both teams were not the same in 2016 as they were in 2015. For one, Cleveland's roster was different. Mozgov, a big part of the team when healthy, was not starting in 2016 and the cavs had a different coach. The cavs were a better team in 2015 and was the best team heading into the playoffs that year. In 2016 the cavs stumbled into the playoffs but turned it on vs the weak east. The warriors were also a much better team in 2016 than in 2015. There's also the added factor of momentum and the mental makeup of each team. In 2016, the cavs had lost 5 straight to golden state and were mentally shell shocked during the first two games of the series. The warriors had no mental advantage over the cavs in 2015.
There's also this...in the only matchup both teams played at full strength in 2015, the Cavs dominated the warriors 110-99(warriors hit a late, meaningless three at the end of the game)
That's the only matchup where you can look at what would have possibly happened if both teams were healthy in the finals, not results from the next year when both teams were different.