November 19 2017

NBA Finals Preview: Warriors vs. Cavs Part III

November 19 2017, 06:50 | Sammy Rose

Monte PoolePoole's 2017 NBA Finals prediction Only two games in Cleveland

Monte PoolePoole's 2017 NBA Finals prediction Only two games in Cleveland

The Warriors have a bright future and the potential for many more NBA Finals appearances, but Curry's legacy will be heavily influenced in 2017.

For the second time in as many years the Warriors find themselves competing against history. This is the benefit of a series rematch, a rubber match, all the different characters and plotlines coming together, more urgent than ever before. Golden State is a -240 series favorite at sportsbooks monitored by with Cleveland at +200.

"Any time someone beats you, you'd love to play them", Green said. Might that push for history have worn them down a bit come the postseason? The series was tied 2-2 before the match started, but after Steph pulled off a sick crossover on Matthew Dellavedova, 26, to sink a 3-pointer.

Irving has played great through the Cavs' walloping of the Eastern Conference, as has Kevin Love, who is having his best postseason campaign since joining Cleveland.

So here we are again.

The big difference this season when the Warriors meet the Cavaliers? Frankly, the NBA's regular season was nearly a waste of time.

Golden State blew out Cleveland in the one meeting between the two teams this year at Oracle Arena. While the Cleveland Cavaliers, nicknamed the Cavs, are the defending champions, the Warriors lifted the trophy in 2015. The Warriors have assisted on 70 percent of their shots this season, which is the highest rate in 13 years. When you sub out Harrison Barnes for Durant in your starting lineup, you should be better.

The 2017 NBA Finals will be a star-studded affair, and there is no question that the big names will have to perform if they want to lead their teams to an NBA title. They've won in the first quarter in nine of their 12 playoff games and have done so by double-digits in seven. And Cleveland can possibly trigger something like that if they can get an early lead in the series, also plausible since they have won all 7 of their road games in these playoffs, and nine in a row dating back to last year's finals.

He is averaging 32.5 points per game in these playoffs, eclipsed only by the 35.3 per-game average as a spry 24-year-old in 2009.

The Cavaliers added a 3-point specialist in Korver, along with backup point guard Deron Williams and swingman Derrick Williams to the mix in hopes of giving James more offensive options around him.

There's no one arguing that the Golden State Warriors aren't the most dominant team in the NBA's Western Conference right now, but Jeff Van Gundy doesn't think that's going to end any time soon. He averages 28.6 in the playoffs, not to mention a field goal percentage of 50.2. It's going to be tough, but we have to lock into what we have to do defensively and sometimes you can play great defense and it doesn't work. No team has finished a postseason unbeaten.

Such are the storylines in the National Basketball Association final that begins Thursday night in the insane loud Oracle Arena that one of the best players of his generation is in danger of falling into an "oh, yeah, him too" crevice in the lead-up to the series.

This NBA Finals may be the most anticipated Finals since the second Heat vs. Spurs matchup in 2014, but it was not always this way.

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