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NBA Finals preview: Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers begin Round 3

02 Juin 2017

Golden State ran roughshod over Cleveland in the 2017 Finals opener, 113-91, for the Warriors' NBA-record 13th consecutive win to open the playoffs.

Curry's forgettable NBA Finals previous year ended with Kyrie Irving hitting the deciding 3-pointer in his face and Curry unable to shake Kevin Love as Cleveland took Game 7 to complete a masterful comeback and steal a championship on Golden State's home court. With the 2017 Finals about to begin, BC's NBA Finals Preview will attempt to answer these questions. "So we'll see. It worked pretty well in Game 4 of last series".

However, just before this year's Finals tipped off, the folks at TicketIQ - which aggregates roughly 90% of the tickets available on the secondary market - said there were still 20,000 tickets still floating around.

Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday, also in Oakland. As great as Curry has been this past three years, his form has not translated to either of the previous two Finals.

The 28-year-old, who averaged 25.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game this season, spent his first nine years of his National Basketball Association career with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Andre Igoudala was the first big addition in 2013. By refusing to pay more than $188 for playoff tickets. The Cavs haven't been far behind, losing only in Game Three of the Eastern Conference final to Boston. "That's it, really. The moment is bright right now and you've kind of got to live up to it".

But the short story is that I think you'll just see a lot of bodies thrown at him and the main difference between this year and last is having Matt Barnes and Kevin Durant to use instead of Harrison Barnes, who became a huge liability on the other end. If not, Brown, who replaced him midway through the first round, faces the team he led to the 2007 NBA Finals. But here's the thing; First of all the NBA Finals are big.

There are other factors at play here as well. Since McGee has been struggling with a reputation for absent-mindedness for most of his career, this is next-level trolling, especially because it could have come from anyone (even Felder). Golden State and Cleveland one again have reached the pinnacle of the National Basketball Association world and we get our rubber match as each team has picked up a championship in the last two seasons. Because the Golden State Warriors had a better regular-season record than the Cavs, the home-court advantage goes to the Western Conference champions in a 2-2-1-1-1 format.

Nobody much cares to hear about it now, but I correctly predicted that the Cleveland Cavaliers would win the 2016 NBA Finals.

Not precisely, mind you, since my guess was Cleveland in six games over Golden State and not seven, as it turned out to be. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, were a +220 long shot (bet $100 to win $220). "That gives us a chance in any game". But they flipped a switch in the playoffs, improving their defensive play in particular, to lose just a game - against the Celtics - in the lead-up to the Finals.

The Warriors' rhythmic motion offence, with every player offering screens or cuts allowing their All Stars to score at will, has befuddled the best of defences, and it will take a strong effort from the Cavaliers to contain them.

NBA Finals preview: Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers begin Round 3