Capsule preview of the Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals matchup

Capsule preview of the Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals matchup

Capsule preview of the Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals matchup

PHOTOS: Golden State Warriors fans 2016-2017As the buses made their way to city, people like Darryl King Senior staked out the St. Regis Hotel.

Starting Thursday, the Warriors and Cavaliers will duke it out for the right to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy for a second time in three years.

COACHES: Steve Kerr or Mike Brown vs. Tyronn Lue. The Warriors have achieved the best three-year win total in the regular season in National Basketball Association history (67-73-67) with 207 wins. James has been even better, putting up 32.5 points on almost 57 per cent shooting, and adding 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game. "Because he's going from being the guy with the ball in his hands, second or third most, depending on how you view it with Draymond Green, to being, at times, an afterthought in their offense". However, Golden State simply has too much talent. But that just hasn't been the case. They then add Kevin Durant.

For the record, I picked Cleveland at the start of the season primarily for two reasons. Jordan with 5,987 is number two in 179 games. "We needed him. We're happy we got him". Sure, there is pressure to flip the metaphorical middle finger to all the media and fans who whined and talked trash about him throughout the year, but I think Durant thrives off that and he will really and truly earn his money if we see Golden State struggle in the later games of the series. They still have a deep lineup, but now the Cavs have brought in some other players to compete. He is also averaging career playoff highs in shooting percentage (.566) and 3-point shooting (.421) while grabbing 8.0 rebounds and dishing out 7.0 assists. Curry produced well, but his points weren't coming within the flow of the game. My only suggestion would be to invest in some posture helpers and additional pillows for yourself if you do in fact make a return. Both Thompson and Andre Iguodola have been in shooting slumps during the playoffs.

"Obviously, you want the shot to go in more frequently, but that's basketball", he said earlier this month. "You don't get here without it". "Of course so. But if you leave everything on the floor, everything else will take care of itself".

The Warriors have home court advantage and are heavy favourites - James called them a "juggernaut" - when the best-of-seven finals begin Thursday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. He averaged 7.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, shot 36 percent from the floor and 26 percent from beyond the arc. Golden State won the 2015 series, 4-2, and Cleveland won the 2016 series, 4-3. Green wanted the matchup with the Cavaliers after Golden State fell short previous year despite his brilliant Game 7, and now here it comes. All of these things are little sub-notes in the gameplan that could change a singular game, allowing a team to steal a win they otherwise wouldn't. That the teams have split the last two Finals is largely due to the efforts of Curry and Irving.

Teams that prevail in Game 1 of the Finals have won the series 49 out of 70 times. They're rested. They're healthy.

In fact, the least expensive 2017 NBA Finals game, so far, appears to be Game 3 in Cleveland, the first home matchup for the Cavaliers.

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