Not since the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s has the NBA seen a rivalry so intense, this one involving seven of the past eight NBA Most Valuable Player award winners in James with four, Curry with two and Durant with one. It's best two out of three between the last two league champions.
Series pricing has the Cavaliers series at +215 and the Warriors at -255. The Trilogy. Rubber Match, whatever you want to call it. The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oa. He may not be out there long if the Warriors decide they need more mobility against Thompson, who is almost averaging a double-double and shooting 60 percent while creating plenty of extra possessions with his offensive rebounding for the Cavaliers. Might that push for history have worn them down a bit come the postseason? Unlike last season's Finals, Curry appears healthy.
Even if you were rooting against it, you can't deny that the Warriors and Cavaliers meeting in the NBA Finals for the third straight year will be a show beyond any other. And after being injured earlier in the playoffs last season he had moments of brilliance he couldn't sustain as the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead and watched the Cavaliers celebrate a championship here a year ago.
You can bet the farm James is gonna go off in the NBA Finals.
This season, the National Basketball Association has followed form, but that is not the norm in terms of our predictions of superteams.
So let us recap these last two NBA Finals and what we can expect in this year's Finals. For example, the 2015-16 Warriors had a season point differential of plus-10.8 and a net rating of 11.8. This is likely to be the ﬁrst National Basketball Association championship series in which both teams are coached by African Americans.
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"They stepped it up a level in the playoffs defensively", Durant said of the Cavaliers.
James, who is 3-4 in finals appearances, uses Jordan's feats as a measuring stick to motivate his own bid to become legendary. Silver says the league isn't taking away free agency, so ultimately there's only so much he can do as a decision-maker to keep star players in their cities.
Win or lose in the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant will, too. Otherwise, he he did more to galvanize the country than divide it because everyone - white, black, brown, yellow, purple - loves them some LeBron James. Durant played well, averaging 30.6 points and shooting 55 percent but James came out on top.
When Kevin Durant joined the talent-rich Golden State Warriors the pressure was on for him to land an elusive title in his first season with his new team but on the eve of the NBA Finals he said the expectations would not rattle him. That's the highest in history for a minimum of five playoff games.
Those complications arose again, and Brown has been the acting head coach for the Warriors since Game 3 of the first round.