It wasn't too long ago that LeBron James (two-time NBA Champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP and four-time NBA MVP) "predicted" that his team could go 16-0 in the NBA playoffs and take home the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy. That's quite a bold (and confident) prediction, considering that going 16-0 in NBA playoffs has never been accomplished.
In fact, the furthest any team has gotten while remaining undefeated is 11-0. That record belongs to the 2001 LA Lakers, who, after winning only 56 games in the regular season, completely demolished their opponents in the West with an unprecedented winning streak. They lost the first game of the NBA Finals to Philadelphia, but quickly rebounded to win the remaining games and go 15-1 through the playoffs.
So will the Cleveland Cavaliers actually go 16-0?
At 10-0, the Cavs are looking strong — having beaten the Toronto Raptors by a combined 50 points in the first two games of the series. Some pundits have suggested that their Eastern Conference competition has been easy and that the competition they face in the West will be much tougher.
The Golden State Warriors, the defending NBA Champions looked strong in Game 2 against the OKC Thunder and are set to face off again on Sunday, with the series tied at 1-1. The Warriors seem to be on the war path and with Stephen Curry at the helm, it seems potentially inevitable that they're headed to the NBA Finals once again to face-off against the Cavaliers, whom they defeated in 6 games.
The Cavaliers — especially James — look determined to win. However, going 16-0 — whether against the Warriors or Thunder — seems nearly impossible.