The Warriors have been obliterating the rest of the NBA during the regular season for a couple years now. So while they don’t currently own the NBA crown, they are in the NBA Finals for the third straight year with home court advantage (the best regular season record earns it). And now it gets tricky. Despite crushing the Cavaliers in Games 1 and 2, the Warriors now face both an old adage and their own recent history. The adage says an NBA series doesn’t really start until a team loses a game at home. The Warriors’ own history tells them they have played Game 3 on the Cavaliers home floor in the past two Finals — and they lost both of them.
Asked before the Finals began who he was picking to win, Shaquille O’Neal (who has plenty of knowledge about these things) said he really couldn’t pick yet. Shaq said he had to watch “the first two games first.” Or maybe more, he said. The moment didn’t make for good TV — you’re supposed to take a risk, as Ernie Johnson reminded Shaq on the show. But Shaq said the teams had to play in both arenas before anything could become clear. Game 3 — where clarity is expected — is Wednesday, June 7 at 9pm ET.