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Former Warriors coach foresees Finals sweep of Cavaliers

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Eric Musselman is already pretty sure Golden State will complete the first NBA Finals sweep in a decade.

A Warriors win Wednesday will lead to a four-game defeat of the Cavaliers, the former Warriors coach told 95.7 The Game on Monday.

“This Warriors team is one of the greatest of all-time, without a question, especially with the way that they’re playing,” Musselman said when asked by J.T. The Brick about a sweep, which LeBron James’ Cavs suffered in 2007. “I do think it will be a sweep if Cleveland cannot win Game 3.”

Then Musselman, 52, launched into a mini-diatribe on how disappointing these playoffs have been due to lack of competitiveness. Instead of people focusing in on the last three minutes of games, Musselman said, TV remotes are clicking televisions off.

“For so many years (that) is when everyone turned on their TV or they stopped making runs to their ‘frigerator to grab a beverage or whatever,” Musselman began. “They were like, ‘Alright this is the lock-in time — we’re going to watch the last two minutes and it’s going to be a great ending and there’s going to be all of these timeouts and side out-of-bounds plays that coaches get to draw up and it’s back and forth and the last two minutes takes like 30 minutes because the game is so tight.’ Well, now, TV’s are getting turned off because of the blowouts and so as a basketball fan we all just want to see a really, really competitive series.”

Still, the Dubs coach from 2002-’04 thinks Warriors will finish the playoffs a perfect 16-0.

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“The talent on that floor is absolutely amazing,” said Musselman, who now helms Nevada, “and the character and the willingness to share the basketball, it really is beautiful is watch how unselfish this Warriors team is”.

Plus, the Cavaliers aren’t playing well, Musselman noted. Not only does Cleveland need more from Deron Williams, J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver, the coach said, but it must fix some rotation problems and start knocking down shots more regularly.

“That’s too much to overcome against a really, really talented Warriors team,” Musselman concluded.

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