The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will meet in the NBA Finals for the third straight season beginning this Friday, June 1, but this time the victor will be able to boast years down the road as to how they won the rubber match between these two great teams.
"This is what everybody has been waiting for, this is what we have been talking about and writing about and now it's coming to fruition", Bob Dorfman, creative director of Baker Street Advertising in San Francisco, told Reuters. They probably won't succeed in shutting down James but you would still trust them more to make enough timely stops over the course of the series than the Cavs. He spent 13 seasons from 1983 to 1996 in the National Basketball Association, including the first eight with the Atlanta Hawks, and reached the conference finals with the New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs.
Most fans would have to agree with Vegas on this one, what with the Dubs having added superstar Kevin Durant in the offseason-not to mention their flawless 12-0 run through their first three playoff series.
And unlike the Warriors squad that blew a 3-1 Finals lead a year ago after a record-setting 73-9 regular season, this version of the team is even more risky after adding former league MVP and four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant.
"You look at those guys [James Harden and Russell Westbrook], numbers-wise, they had separated themselves just on sheer numbers and stats and the wow factor of what they're doing, and they deserve that attention because they all had awesome seasons", Curry said.More news: Wisconsin transportation budget picture improves
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The series will feature a number of compelling individual matchups, most notably James versus Durant at small forward, Kyrie Irving versus Curry at point guard and Kevin Love versus Draymond Green at power forward.
Unsurprisingly, the most expensive ticket for this year's NBA Finals is for Game 7 in Oakland, assuming such a game needs to be played (as soon as one team wins four games, the series is over). "They're the champs. We're trying to take what they took from us previous year".
The Cavaliers, powered by the game's best player in LeBron James, are 12-1, with their only playoff hiccup coming in a Game Three loss of the Eastern Conference final.
"Both teams are better than last year's teams. Having said that, he has the ability to do it, guys are doing it, and there's nothing you can do about it". "So this is a bigger deal than just another championship".