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

The Cavaliers were the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit en route to winning the NBA Championship.

For the record, Golden State and Cleveland are 1-1 in the two times they had clashed in the regular season. We knew the players, the coaches and the teams, and the more we watched them, the more we took sides.

And unlike the Warriors squad that blew a 3-1 Finals lead a year ago after a record-setting 73-9 regular season, this version of the team is even more unsafe after adding former league MVP and four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant.

However, it's tough to find a fit for the Cavs with each team's regular starting lineup on the floor. "That's something that we've learned". So Cavs fans looking for any extra reason to feel confident that LeBron and company will once again hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy this year should rejoice that Smith went on record with his pick for the series and thinks the Warriors will win.

In this Sunday, May 14, 2017, photo, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant warms up before Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals between the Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs in Oakland, Calif.

"They've stepped it up a level in the playoffs defensively", Durant said of the Cavaliers. "But we're not satsified". The 2016 season ended on the night of June 19, and ever since then the Warriors and Cavaliers have been betting favorites to get back here.

Golden State has won its playoff games by an average of 16.3 points, Cleveland by 13.6.

"I will own a team someday", said LeBron. The Bulls began their finals run by beating the Los Angeles (Lakers).

Pachulia passed up a chance at bigger money to have a chance for a title when he signed with Golden State last summer for $2.9 million. Warriors vs. Cavaliers Part III. In addition, it's worth noting in the Christmas Day showdown the Warriors were favored by 3.5 points in Cleveland.

This series has as much star power as you could want, and they're going to do what we all expect. He added three-point scoring accuracy (47% in the playoffs) besides being an excellent passer in transition. Durant is terrific but not quite as fabulous as James.

That legacy could use another title. Might that push for history have worn them down a bit come the postseason? Plus, Draymond Green, 27, has been on fire and has been on his best behavior. The amount of star power on the court at one time is nearly unheard of: The combined starting lineups feature a possible seven future Hall of Famers.

Despite both teams being the clear-cut best in their respective conferences, many have argued that the Finals trilogy isn't good for basketball.

"I think we have to also look at it now that he's not the best player on either team".

That's why a historic 12-0 playoff start won't mean much if it doesn't culminate in a crown. If you disagree with this, then you are probably a scumbag Warriors fan, in which case you can get the hell out of here!