Finals pick up where they left off with Cavs-Warriors III

Finals pick up where they left off with Cavs-Warriors III

Look for Cleveland to take an early series lead and never look back. Golden State has only turned those 12 giveaways into 10 points, however.

Rewind to 2015, and injuries dramatically affected the NBA Finals.

And unlike the Warriors squad that blew a 3-1 Finals lead past year after a record-setting 73-9 regular season, this version of the team is even more unsafe after adding former league MVP and four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant.

Durant's presence also benefited Curry, who hit six 3-pointers on the way to a 28-point night.

LeBron James is really good at basketball. He shot 11 for 22, 6 of 11 on 3s.

As unsafe a scorer as he is from outside or driving to the hoop, James also threatens by being able to find teammates such as Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love with passes when defenders focus too much on him. Injuries could develop during the rubber match, but both Cleveland and Golden State are entering the tiebreaking series with nearly everyone available.

With head coach Steve Kerr having taken a leave to deal with pain management issues tied to spinal surgery, Brown has filled in as game coach for the Warriors since Game 3 of their opening-round sweep of Portland.

The Cavaliers rallied within 80-68 with 3:06 remaining in the period, but Golden State wasn't finished with its 3-point-shooting barrage. They felt the way the Cavs did the previous year. Stephen Curry is averaging 28.5 points and 5.9 assists while Kevin Durant is averaging 26.4 points and 7.8 rebounds.

Every NBA fan in the world is eager to watch the rematch between the Golden State Warriors, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeBron James had 13 points and five rebounds in the quarter for Cleveland, playing all 12 minutes. "Draymond Green is not the rim protector Bogut was". About half of the players on both the Cavs and Warriors rosters have been brought in since the start of 2016. Keep in mind, Golden State had the benefit of a nine-day layover between the Western Conference Finals to the NBA Finals.

There were a handful of times Cleveland was more focused on Curry and the 3-point shooters, but Durant made them pay with six first-half dunks.

The Warriors shot 42.5 percent and committed only four turnovers. The Golden State Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in. Curry made 14 of 24 shots with the sleeve and scored 36 points. Now he comes into this series off a sizzling conference finals, shooting 62 percent against Boston. Lue tries to build on the terrific start to his coaching career by becoming just the second National Basketball Association coach to win titles in his first two seasons. "It doesn't hurt or anything like that". Ultimately, I think that wins out. It's just trying to control that. The third-most talented teams were the Warriors and Cavaliers from last year's playoffs.

At his annual state-of-the-league address at the Finals, Silver spoke on a number of topics before Game 1 - including what's perceived as a lack of parity.

The former NBA MVP, perennial All-Star and likely future Basketball Hall of Famer (and he's not even 30 yet) joined the Warriors about 11 months ago, and now he's on the cusp of his first championship. Even if you aren't buying into the McGee hype, it's still the most star power we have seen in a long time.

Before the third meeting between these two clubs, another LeBron James-led squad, the 2014 Miami Heat (55.4 eFG%), combined with the San Antonio Spurs (53.7 eFG%) to give us the best shooting teams ever in the Finals.

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