NBA Finals Preview – Cavs vs Warriors
Thursday night at 9:00pm eastern time, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will square off in game one of the NBA finals. Both teams surprisingly made the finals with relative ease. The Cavaliers have won seven games in a row after sweeping the Atlanta Hawks in the eastern conference finals, and overall only lost two games throughout the eastern conference playoffs. Both losses were to Chicago in the second round. Even more impressive was the fact that they did this without Kevin Love and with a hobbled Kyrie Irving.
On the other side, the Golden State Warriors also skated through the daunting western conference, losing only three games along the way. The Warriors were the best team in the regular season, and are the favorites to win the title. The one question mark surrounding them heading into game one is the health of Klay Thompson, who is recovering from a concussion
Three point shooting will be a big weapon for both teams in this series. Cavaliers not named LeBron have shot 40 percent from 3 during the playoffs, while the Warriors obviously have the splash brothers on their side. The Cavaliers will have to find a way to slow down Stephen Curry from behind the arc, if that is possible. These two teams met twice this season, with each team winning on its home floor. The game in Golden State can be thrown out because LeBron James did not play.
The Cavs are back in the finals for the first time since 2007. They are attempting to end the long lasting Cleveland championship drought. The Cavs organization has never won a title and this team seems to be a team on a mission. They have overcome all different kinds of injuries and adversity this season. The Warriors were the favorites all year, but do not have a player on the roster with finals experience. For LeBron James this is his fifth straight year playing in the finals. It is fitting that these two teams met in the finals, after posting the top two records in the NBA over the second half of the season. It is going to be an exciting matchup, featuring the current MVP Stephen Curry and former four-time winner in LeBron James. Even though the Warriors are the favorites and have home court advantage, I see the experience and will of LeBron James coming out on top. Cavaliers over Warriors in six games.
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