Why the Cleveland Cavaliers will win the NBA Finals
04:14, Jun 3, 2017
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If you are old enough to remember, it felt like Larry Bird and Magic Johnson played in practically every Finals in the 1980s. It's best two out of three between the last two league champions. Warriors vs. Cavaliers Part III.
The Warriors star even called it "the ultimate rubber match" during an interview with TNT's David Aldridge.
Golden State was up 60-52 at the half, and that was despite shooting 19-of-34 at the rim in the first half and being 3-of-13 from three. Iguodala has shot the ball poorly in the postseason but the 2015 NBAFinals MVP will be on the floor plenty anyway because of his other contributions.
They figure to be electrified for the opener after watching the Cavaliers celebrate their first crown on the Warriors' court in a seventh-game thriller.
So good are the Warriors, who have finished with the NBA's best record in each of the last three seasons and added four-times scoring champion Durant last offseason, that Van Gundy referred to the 2015 National Basketball Association champions as a "dynasty".
The Cavaliers have a legitimate chance at winning back to back championships, but the Warriors also have a legitimate chance at winning their second in three years as well, especially with the addition of superstar swingman Kevin Durant.
So here we are again. "If I don't play up to my standards, then that's what - that's when I get upset". Frankly, the NBA's regular season was nearly a waste of time. Now-after dropping last year's NBA Finals in seven games-the team is even more loaded thanks to the addition of forward Kevin Durant. This year's team was plus-11.6 and had a rating of 12.1. With the Oklahoma City Thunder, he made the 2012 NBA Finals, only to finish second to James and the Miami Heat. He's 3-4 in the previous seven.
The eve of the NBA Finals and we are where we thought we would be. "We don't know yet", said James.
Maybe, but as the teams gear up for Thursday night's series opener in Oakland, comments made by Warriors forward Draymond Green in October are reverberating around Cleveland. That's the highest in history for a minimum of five playoff games.
At the end of one, it was 35-30 Golden State, with the game at a pace that better suited the Warriors' style. No team has finished a postseason unbeaten.
And boy did they feel it, the Warriors lost by 15 and allowed LeBron and Kyrie to both score 41 points. Since 1984, only six other players have notched those numbers throughout their entire Finals careers: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant and Scottie Pippen.
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