Do the Boston Bruins want the cup? They’re proving it. After a rusty 2 periods in game one, they kicked the dust off and scored 4 unanswered goals to win the game 4-2. They currently lead the series 1-0 with game 2 on Wednesday. The Bruins haven’t been to the Stanley Cup Finals since 2013. They devastatingly lost that year to the Chicago Blackhawks.
In the First round of the playoffs they took the Toronto Maple leafs to a game 7 and won the series. In the Second round they won in 6 games against the Columbus Blue Jackets. When they played the Carolina Hurricanes, it was more of a rainstorm because they swept them! This team REFUSES to quit. The fire and passion between Pastranak and Marchand continues to keep them alive. Tuukka Rask has been incredible. Should Boston win, he’ll definitely be taking home the Conn Smythe Trophy.
The fight against the Blues
The St. Louis Blues are not going out without a fight. But neither are the Bruins. They scored the first 2 goals leaving Boston fans wondering if they were walking away with a Win Monday night. Somehow, someway, they did not give up. After almost 11 days off, they showed they were too rested, but immediately came back strong.
Start of a new Era
Let’s face it, Chara is heading into retirement sooner than we think. However, the B’s have a newer team. They have players that are getting a taste of a Finals appearance and will want more of it. David Pastrnak is only 23 and is the future of this team. Bergeron will be taking over as Captain soon enough and still has plenty left in the tank. Charlie McAvoy, and Charlie Coyle are upcoming young studs who want to show the world that they have tremendous talent. Expect this team to continue to improve with Coach Bruce Cassidy, and the improving core.
The Golden State Warriors are incredible at basketball with 5 All -Stars on the roster. After they added Kevin Durant in 2016, they only improved. They were 57-25 in the regular season this year, in the playoffs (so far) they’re 9-4. The chemistry has altered between egos. With KD & Curry running the show, this team remains unstoppable.
KD injured; the team going forward
With Durant being injured with a calf sprain, I believe this team is still finding ways to win, beating the Houston Rockets 4-2. I think they desperately need Cousins back as well. Adding another big man gives them the advantage they need on both defense and offense. Green and Thompson have stepped up and are committed to this team and winning another Chip. Surprisingly the team performs better without Kevin Durant. KD will be able to play against Portland, but he’ll miss a few games.
How they can win
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins. Those five in the starting lineup are lethal. If the Warriors want to continue to win, they’ll have to stick together. They need an improved bench because the starters are doing all the work. This team plays well, just a matter of staying consistent.
Coaching & Health concerns
Steve Kerr is the head coach. Since taking over the Warriors are 3-1 in the Finals. He’s a winner, and it shows. KD & Boogie being injured hurts, but doesn’t shut them out. They will still win. Adding those 2 Superstars gives them the bigger advantage. Durant playing right now, he’s the best player in the league. He dominates on each side of the floor.
5th Finals trip
The Warriors are currently 1-0 in the Conference Finals against the Portland Trailblazers. The 2 Curry brothers battling it out will be interesting to watch. If they win this series they’ll face either the Toronto Raptors, or the the Milwaukee Bucks in the Finals. Assuming all 5 All Stars are in the lineup, Giannis or Leonard don’t stand a chance against this squad.