NBA Finals Preview: How Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors match up

Ross Houston
June 2, 2017

"Golden State hadn't won it in 40 years".

The first three rounds of the 2017 NBA Playoffs have been one-sided and ultimately boring, but with the Dubs going a ideal 12-0 and the Cavs boasting a near-perfect 12-1 mark, NBA fans should strap in for an epic slugfest between two bonafide juggernauts in the championship round. LeBron's portfolio will make him the hands-down, no-doubt, don't-talk-Michael-Jordan-anymore greatest of all time, because Michael never beat a team like Golden State.

Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and Warriors is on June 1, Thursday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California with the tip-off at 9 p.m. Golden State has gone 12-0 in the postseason, an National Basketball Association record, while Cleveland is 12-1.

The news conference was supposed to be about the start of the National Basketball Association finals Thursday - but the first question to LeBron James wasn't about dealing with the Warriors' Draymond Green.

The Warriors are the only team in NBA history to go 12-0 before the NBA Finals.

With one win in the finals each, the Cavs and Dubs are looking to secure their place in history as the most dominant team of the current era. "I'm excited this worked out that I could be here". The Cavaliers won a year ago, after a one-game suspension of Draymond Green unsettled the Warriors, who ultimately bricked a 3-1 lead.

"It's pretty intense", Warriors center Zaza Pachulia said. "I can't speak for him, but it's just my thoughts, and we look forward to the challenge". Sometimes he may address the team, then I'll go. But the Cavaliers are not Golden State.

RESERVES: Andre Iguodala, Shawn Livingston, JaVale McGee, Ian Clark, David West, and Patrick McCaw vs. Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, Kyle Korver, Deron Williams and Richard Jefferson. "So it will be exciting", said Cavs guard Kyrie Irving. But it was all worth it because of the quest for a championship. I might even stay away from the totals, too and depending upon what happened in the first game, I'd be more inclined to lay my money down throughout the season.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says containing the NBA's top-scoring team is vital.

If Green doesn't get suspended, Golden State wins that series in 5 games.

Cavaliers star LeBron James, who sparked the fightback last year to bring his beloved Cleveland its first major sports crown in 52 years, knows the Warriors have extra motivation.

"Our fans, they ride or die, no matter what's been going on", James said. "This is really the grudge match". If I don't play up to my standards, then that's what - that's when I get upset.

"It was a failure in '07 when we lost to the Spurs when I was in Cleveland", James said. Now he's ready to help avenge last year's disappointment.

"I don't know what's in people's minds, how they label me, how they perceive me". Whatever gets you going.

Some have waited longer than others.

Kevin Love sat out the 2015 finals with a shoulder injury and was more of a blue-collar, dirty work player in last year's conquest. West (95 games), Barnes (90) and Deron Williams (85) aren't far behind. But you've got to enjoy everything, man. "It's definitely exciting. I feel blessed to be in this position to compete for a championship".

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