NBA Fact or Fiction: Is Nuggets-Celtics the NBA Finals matchup we deserve?

The NBA has had five different champions in the last five seasons, and the league has been praised for its parity and diversity of talent, but has there been a Finals between the two best teams since 2018

when the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers met for an unprecedented fourth straight series?

You could argue that the 2019 Finals, between the Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, featured the two best teams, but the conclusion was tainted by injuries to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.

 The 2020 bubble was a test of willpower rather than competence. Due to star absences, the Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets, and Los Angeles Clippers are no longer in serious contention for 2021. 

The Warriors and Boston Celtics may have been the most talented teams in 2022, but one was a fading dynasty, the other was unprepared for the time, and Denver was still without Jamal Murray. 

 The Nuggets broke through in 2023, when they faced an eighth seed in the Finals.

In other words, the Celtics and Nuggets have circled each other for years, and they are now fully formed,

 reaching their potential as the two clearest favorites we've seen on either side of the bracket in quite some time.

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