Tom Sorensen

Can anyone stop the Golden State Warriors?

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James ends up with a beer bottle in his hand after running into a floor server while celebrating a victory against the Toronto Raptors during Game 1 of the second round playoff game, Monday.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James ends up with a beer bottle in his hand after running into a floor server while celebrating a victory against the Toronto Raptors during Game 1 of the second round playoff game, Monday. AP

I don’t see anybody but the Cleveland Cavaliers having a chance to beat the Golden State Warriors. If LeBron James is on your roster, you have a shot. So does San Antonio, although the Spurs looked used up Monday.

Houston handled San Antonio 126-99. The Spurs plodded. The Rockets sprinted. In half court sets, the Rockets exploited the favored Spurs.

In Gregg Popovich, the Spurs have the NBA’s most accomplished coach. While San Antonio is unlikely to shoot as poorly as it did in game one, and Houston is unlikely to shoot as well as it did in game one, the Rockets are a creative and well-coached team.

A team that most of us saw little of during the season, but has been fun to watch, is the Utah Jazz. They easily beat the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles in game seven of their first-round series. I know that the Clippers played without Blake Griffin, who because of injury missed his team’s first round series for the second straight season.

The Jazz might have won anyway. They are unselfish and move to the beat of head coach Quin Snyder, the former Duke point guard. Remember when the Charlotte Bobcats flung money at Gordon Hayward to try to entice him to leave Utah? Utah matched the offer, but it was a good try. Hayward was exceptional against the Clippers.

As good as LeBron is during the season, he's better in the playoffs. You see him skip toward the sideline against Toronto Monday? A vendor carried a beer, and LeBron grabbed it with his left hand and pretended he was going to take a swig.

LeBron says he was never tempted to take a sip. Perhaps it was a Molson.

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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