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I think we can all agree that last year’s NBA Finals was one of the best sports things to ever happen, and that it would be maximally good if the same thing—by “same thing” I mean LeBron and the Cavs banishing the Warriors to hell—happened again this year. If you disagree with this, then you are probably a scumbag Warriors fan, in which case you can get the hell out of here!

Now that all the shitty people are gone, let’s confront the sobering truth: the Golden State Warriors are even better than they were last season. This is obvious, but it’s worth stepping back and really considering the fact that a team that won 73 games last season is currently 12-0 in the playoffs, and is heading into the NBA Finals with a healthy Steph Curry and Kevin fucking Durant.

I had a moderately stressful week last week, and if you’d pressed me for a Finals prediction on, say, Thursday, I probably would have grumbled something like, “Warriors in five, goddammit.” But I spent some time walking around in the woods this weekend, and as the smell of damp soil filled my head, I couldn’t help but start to feel more optimistic.

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  • Damn, that tree is really big and cool... Kyrie is a nightmare and nobody on the Warriors can guard him.
  • I love to listen to birds chirping... can you really put anything past LeBron, who just had a truly incredible season and is probably the GOAT?
  • The cool thing about this forest is that it is shady... maybe Draymond Green will do some dumb shit and get suspended again.
  • This would be a fun place to hang out if you were a dog... Kevin Love looked pretty good against the Celtics! Look out for Kevin Love!

And then today I returned to the internet, which is bad, only to find more reasons for optimism. The Cavs are a war machine custom-built to be wielded by LeBron James; iso ball is going to feature heavily in this series and the Cavs are pretty evenly matched with the Warriors in that department; Tristan Thompson can cause a lot of problems! Also, remember how the Spurs were beating the hell out of the Warriors right up until Zaza Pachulia maimed Kawhi Leonard?

I mean, the Warriors are probably going to win, but I’ve managed to talk myself into believing that the Cavs can win. I will believe this up until Durant drops 40 points in each of the first two games and the Cavs go down 0-2. How about you?