Cavaliers-Warriors set for ultimate Finals rubber match

  • Cavaliers-Warriors set for ultimate Finals rubber match

Cavaliers-Warriors set for ultimate Finals rubber match

Last year, the Cavaliers earned their first National Basketball Association championship in franchise history, becoming the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win The Finals.

An NBA season that has had little in the way of drama will come to a gripping close over the next two weeks when two familiar foes fittingly battle in the Finals for an unprecedented third consecutive year.

Add to that mix veterans like Deron Williams, Channing Frye, Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith and the Cavs are one of the few teams in the league that have the firepower to stay with the Warriors.

True as that all may be, Curry has left something to be desired during the Warriors' previous two NBA Finals appearances. And Cleveland can possibly trigger something like that if they can get an early lead in the series, also plausible since they have won all 7 of their road games in these playoffs, and nine in a row dating back to last year's finals.

"I'm just proud of the work we've put in from the beginning of the season", Durant said.

Golden State, unbeaten this postseason at 12-0 with sweeps of Houston, Utah and San Antonio, hosts the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers in Games 1 and 2 on Thursday and Sunday.

But with Durant, the Warriors have probably never been better than this either. He averages 28.6 in the playoffs, not to mention a field goal percentage of 50.2.

While the Cavs finished first in the East (57-25), and plowed through the Eastern Conference playoffs healthy and ready for a rematch. In the East, it hasn't worked because LeBron James is one of the game's all-time greats and is a dominant force.

Before we tackle the main changes, we would be remiss if we did not mention the absence of Steve Kerr on the court for Golden State. "I can't lie", Durant said of his latest trip to the finals compared to his first. "I want to annihilate them". LeBron won Cleveland a championship; the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead; life is an infinitely rich pageant.

All the newcomers remembered watching these two teams square off the past two Junes as fans.

The Cavs' defense has also improved this postseason.

So what do we have to look forward to?

Over an average of 40.9 minutes in 13 postseason games, James averaged 32.5 points on 56.6 percent shooting, including a 42.1 percent efficiency from three-point range along with a 71.2 percent showing from the free-throw line. We are nearly six months into this 2017 year, and so far it's been wonderful.

As a leader on both ends of the floor, James averaged 8.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.4 blocks and 2.2 steals over the first three rounds of the 2017 NBA Playoffs. "I don't know who they are", he said. The cheapest seats in the house for the series' deciding game are now starting at $878 to a little over $1,000 depending on which site you visit.

Which teams will be playing in the NBA Finals? We match up well with them. You know, think back, you guys know the history. Now [the Cavs and Warriors] are being called dynasties.

According to Destination Cleveland, each finals game bring in an estimated five million dollars to the local economy. In a league where seemingly every team is trying to go small as often as possible, there is no configuration any team can put together that's more risky than the "Hamptons Five", as the Warriors quintet was dubbed after a recruiting meeting in the Hamptons where Durant was convinced to join them as a free agent last July.