Warriors vs. Cavs: Full 2017 NBA Finals Preview & Prediction

Ross Houston
June 3, 2017

After a week without basketball, it is finally NBA Finals Eve. Kerr recently reviewed all seven games from 2016, when Golden State squandered a 3-1 lead and missed a repeat championship.

Count Warriors' star Kevin Durant among those who couldn't care less.

Golden State took the first series between these two teams in 2015, when they won in six games.

SMALL FORWARD: Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James. Golden State is coming off a run of 27-1 straight-up and 19-7-2 against the spread across its last 28 games.

And even though Cleveland has rolled through the playoffs, going 12-1, they've allowed opponents over 100 points in all but three of those games.

James called the Golden State All-Star might “beastly.” He was quick to add he likes their chances.

In just about 24 hours the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will face off in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year. Each team is still stacked with numerous same great players from the last two seasons, but the Warriors have one big change from the last time these two teams met in the Finals: Kevin Durant. "All things that happen bad aren't that bad, when you take a step back and look at them".

Golden State, which boasted the NBA's top scoring squad this season, is off to a record 12-0 playoff start with an average win margin of 16.3 points.

According to Pregame.com, Kerr's absence is worth less than half a point per game.

There will be no love lost between these teams, especially after Green, whose Game Five suspension in the 2016 Finals was considered by many to be the turning point, said last November he wanted to "destroy" and "annihilate" the Cavs in a championship rematch.

That is not a luxury the Cavs, who are powered by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, can afford if they hope to upset the Warriors.

But when all is said and done, I honestly believe the Warriors are the better team. I think that's why [we] were able to get and get a championship. We'll find out shortly before Game 1 tips off if that's good enough. Cleveland nearly certainly needs the Kevin Love of the last round to have a chance at the upset. Imagine Kevin Durant as a skinny, timid teen being told to shoot by his middle school point guard who saw so much potential all those years ago. "It's not like there's going to be a lot of wide-open shots out there". If it is half of what last year's seven-game classic is, then it will be plenty to satisfy the fans and provide a solid end to the National Basketball Association season.

"It's just been such a better progression for Steph this post-season", Kerr, the ailing Golden State coach, told reporters Monday.

"It's picking my spots, being assertive and just filling in the gaps when we know that 'Bron, being our leader, and Kyrie are going to be special", Love explained.

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