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Game 2 — Sun. June 4 Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State, 8 p.m. ET
Game 3 — Wed. June 7 Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers, 9 p.m. ET
Game 4 — Fri. June 9 Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers, 9 p.m. ET
Game 5 — Mon. June 12 Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors, 9 p.m. ET
Game 6 — Thurs. June 15 Golden State Warriors at Cleveland, 9 p.m. ET
Game 7 — Sun. June 18 Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State, 8 p.m. ET
Hashtags: #NBA #NBAFinals #DubNation #DefendTheLand
Cleveland vs. Golden State is for more than just a battle for the Larry O’Brien trophy. It’s a showdown of the two most popular players in the game, LeBron James and Stephen Curry. It’s a battle of styles, the more old-school isolation-heavy ball of Cleveland vs. the three-point shot and up-tempo game of the Warriors. It’s a battle about legacy. It’s a matchup of the two best teams in the NBA, two teams who dominated their conference playoffs to get here.
This is the real party right here, right now. The actual NBA postseason is FINALLY HERE!
It’s the Cleveland Cavaliers versus the Golden State Warriors, and now it’s the rubber match of the series. G.S. took the first one in 2015, the Cavs won last year, and now we’ll watch an epic NBA Finals series that should certainly redeem what was a dreadfully tedious and utterly pointless NBA playoffs.
The victor gets to be the indisputable Godzilla of the basketball world. If he adds another 1,000 points, who’s going to be able to come in and go to 10 NBA Finals in this modern day? For all of the talk of how the Cavaliers were “vulnerable” during the regular season, the postseason has proven that everything to this point has been nothing more than a preliminary heat.
But Thursday nights blowout, game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, was everything I wanted to see from the Cleveland Cavaliers. James, who finished with 34 points, was joined in double figures by Kevin Love, who scored 17 points with 17 rebounds and five assists.
Cleveland (like Golden State) has shot a sterling 50.2 on all field goals, including a preposterous 43.2 percent from 3-point distance. “Just to be a part of this is incredible, so really just embracing that”
ODDS: the Warriors are favored and also lead the way regarding NBA Finals MVP candidates, go here for much more on that.
Cleveland Cavaliers Preview-
Reggie Miller on how Cleveland builds momentum through their transition game: “You can’t give up easy baskets and run outs against the Cleveland Cavaliers because it fuels their pace.”
Heart-warming aside: The official Cleveland Cavaliers hashtag is “defend the land,” and here’s a tale of a man who bravely did so. What the Cavs and Crown Royal did to thank him is a must-read.
Player to Watch: Lebron James
James surpassed Michael Jordan to become the all-time leading scorer in NBA Playoffs history last night. However PLEASE DO NOT do the MJ vs Lebron hot takes. That shopworn narrative has been long run into the ground.
Golden State Warriors Preview-
Golden State, essentially a super-team of galacticos, will enter the Finals on nine full days of rest. Kevin Durant has played just 33 minutes per game during the postseason—seven fewer minutes per game than in any of his previous five postseason trips.
Player to Watch: Kevin Durant
Nearly impossible to pick just one, the splash brothers, Draymond Green, but we’re going with the Durantula simply because he’s so well rested.
Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers in 7
Lebron James can create so many mismatches with his driving ability because a lot of the time a power forward or a center has to guard him. He’s too quick for most of the guys that Golden State have at those positions to try and neutralize him. Thus, we’re picking upset.
Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, partnered with FOX Sports Engage Network. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes to WGN CLTV and KOZN.