It is all settle down. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will have another chance to defeat the Golden State Warriors and avenge themselves after falling short last year’s 4-2 series.
Even though these are the same teams facing each other in the Finals, this year’s championship round has an entirely different taste, as both teams have evolved and arrived in diverse conditions. This year, the Cavs are better prepared than last season, as Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are now in perfect shape. On the other hand, it will be LeBron’s six straight Finals appearance and demons such as pressure or disbelief could be out on the hunt.
For the defending champions is another story. They broke almost all records set during the season, which includes reaching the 73rd game in April. However, they almost ruin their barely flawless season during the playoffs. They struggle against the Oklahoma City Thunder but were able to comeback after being down 3 games to 1 and win the Western Conference Finals.
Now the Warriors are the 10th NBA team to come back from down 3-1 in the playoffs. With a confident and motivated, Stephen Curry, the Warriors will try to win their second consecutive NBA Championship. Curry finished the Game 7 with 36 points, eight assists, five rebounds, and the game ball.
The Warriors were able to defeat the Thunder from the 3-point-line. It was the big difference on Monday night. The Thunder was playing better than the Warriors, but their three shooting was inaccurate. This could be an interesting element during the Finals. Last year, Golden State put up an NBA Finals record 67, and the Cavs made 49 threes in their six-game loss, but without Love and Irving. They are both playing in this year’s Finals. Maybe the answer of defeating the Warriors lies in giving them a taste of their own medicine.
The Finals Schedule
The Golden State Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday at Oracle Arena. Here is the complete schedule: (Eastern)
Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
- Game 1 — June 2 at Golden State, 9 p.m., ABC
- Game 2 — June 5 at Golden State, 8 p.m., ABC
- Game 3 — June 8 at Cleveland, 9 p.m., ABC
- Game 4 — June 10 at Cleveland, 9 p.m., ABC
- Game 5 (if necessary) — June 13 at Golden State, 9 p.m., ABC
- Game 6 (if necessary) — June 16 at Cleveland, 9 p.m., ABC
- Game 7 (if necessary) — June 19 at Golden State, 8 p.m., ABC