Newcomers to Cavs-Warriors rivalry embrace Finals

02 June, 2017, 07:11 | Author: Felix Jensen

The Finals, finally, begin tonight.

The Cavaliers ripped their Eastern Conference rivals apart, but Golden State Warriors is a much stronger beast. Golden State is 12-0 and has won those 12 playoff games by an average of more than 16 points. Cleveland is 12-1. There are many who are convinced such top-heaviness is awful for the league.

May 3, 2017: James scored 39 points in a 125-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors, passing Kareem Adbul-Jabbar (5,762) to become the all-time scoring leader in the playoffs. His only other finals appearance came against the Miami Heat in 2012. And for the next two weeks, or however long it takes to decide which superteam is super-er, the caterwauling is bound to turn to purring, frequently interrupted by howls of joy.

"But we are both better". So I don't really think about it much. "It's definitely going to be good for the people to watch". And with these star-studded teams, this may not be over even after this NBA Finals "tiebreaker". There haven't been that many in a Finals since 1983. There was Golden State winning its first title since 1975 when the Warriors bested a short-handed Cavaliers squad missing Irving and Kevin Love on Cleveland's home court in 2015.

The small forward, who leads the defending champion Cavaliers into the opening game of the NBA Finals Thursday night, was not at home.

That comment sent the "ooooo-meter" into the red. The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game.

Irving winning that matchup against the MVP rallied the Cavs, fueled a comeback from a 3-1 deficit as Cleveland captured its first major team sports title in 52 years. Draymond Green may not be the best player on the Golden State Warriors but he appears to be the vocal leader of the team.

A lackluster postseason could be salvaged by a close, compelling series, which was the result of an National Basketball Association 2K17 simulation that ended with Durant leading the Warriors to a Game 7 rout.

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WHAT HOME-COURT ADVANTAGE? The Cavaliers' nine-game postseason road winning streak, three shy of the 2001-02 Lakers' league record, started with victories previous year in Games 5 and 7 in Oakland. But because of his past that had nothing to do with Golden State.

Brown twice has been coach of the Cavaliers, posting an overall record of 305-187 in six seasons. And he was sacked by the Cavs both times.

McGee has emerged as a significant contributor off the bench during the playoffs for the Warriors. Don't let it overtake what's at stake, but you can feel a little redemption if you want. "I got a promotion when I got to the 30s". No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but I'm realistic.

"We are both playing at a high level and when you look back on it at the end of the day you'll look back and say that was two great teams who competed for championships".

Being philosophical comes naturally for a man like Steve Kerr. "I thought he did a good job of that". The Cavs haven't been far behind, losing only in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final to Boston. "He puts the team on his back like no one else", remarks, he does not win all by himself. The Wine & Gold have won nine straight Playoff road contests - second-longest streak in National Basketball Association history - dating back to Game 5 of the 2016 Finals, when the Cavaliers did the unthinkable, handing Golden State three straight losses, including two back here at Oracle Arena. Three All-NBA players, four All-Stars, two former MVPs, the likely Defensive Player of the Year and the best team defense left standing by a mile?

"It's pretty intense", Warriors center Zaza Pachulia said. They sweep their way to the Finals and beat most teams in the regular season by 10+ points. [Kerr] gets to his point. The others were on Bill Russell's Boston Celtics teams: Russell (10 in a row from 1957-1966), Sam Jones (9), Tom Heinsohn (9), KC Jones (8), Frank Ramsey (8) and Bob Cousy (7). He talks to Mike Brown constantly - on the phone when not in person.

"You can't expect us to just say 'oh we're a great team on paper together and it's just going to happen.' You know, we got to go out there and try and take it".

And so it will be for everyone involved in this hardcourt drama.

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