Sunday, 25 June, 2017

Why the Warriors will win the NBA Finals

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Nathaniel Diaz | 09 June, 2017, 09:34

Andre Iguodala earned MVP honors of the 2015 Finals mostly for his defense on James, who was harassed into 39.8 percent shooting in the series. As the 2017 road to the Finals has demonstrated, James appears to be getting better with age.

"Obviously it's a new season, especially this last series of the season, and we gotta bring it", Durant said of the best-of-seven clash.

- Extracurriculars. It has been a relatively quiet 2017 postseason in terms of flagrant fouls, technicals and ejections. But now it's high-tension time, so it is worth noting: Durant, Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston were all ejected from playoff games last season; Draymond Green drew a league-high five technical fouls and 10 other participants in this year's Finals got nailed with at least one in the 2016 postseason; and Green's momentum-turning flagrant foul wasn't the only one detected among current Warriors and Cavaliers last spring - Durant, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith crossed that line as well.

Add the Warriors hyper focus after blowing a 3-1 lead in the Finals a season ago, and a top 5 player in Kevin Durant, it's easy to see why Vegas oddsmakers have Golden State as a -260 favorite. Golden State went on to win the game by 12 points. They have, and quite possibly will, offset each other. Which matchup will you be watching most closely? The Cavs completed last year's comeback in the finals by winning both Game 5 and Game 7 at Oracle Arena, where the Warriors hadn't lost two straight games all season. If he can control the paint and create second chances for the Cavs offense while limiting Golden State on its possessions, the Cavaliers will have a chance to hang close in most games.

SMALL FORWARD: Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James. Under Armour. And then there's Big Baller.

"I can't go out there and do everything on my own or I can't go out there and just let my teammates do all the work for me", Durant said Wednesday, a day before the series opener. The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in O. Frankly, it's not as strong as the one for the Warriors.

Prediction: Warriors in 7.

Because we're going to do the same stuff. Both Curry and James were born there.

The NBA instituted what is commonly known as the "Stepien Rule", forbidding teams from trading their first-round draft picks in successive years, due to Ted Stepien's propensity for trading away high draft picks during a disastrous three-year tenure as owner of the Cavaliers in the early 1980s. The Cleveland Clinic and Kaiser. After all, this is the most highly anticipated best-of-three rubber match since the Thrilla in Manila. "I'm sure come tip-off tomorrow, when I'm looking at those guys in that uniform, it will feel even more that way, but right now just kind of taking everything in stride". The promotions director at Taco Bell.

Golden State, led by two-times reigning league MVP Stephen Curry, are in remarkable form after becoming the first team in league history to enter the Finals undefeated (12-0) since the National Basketball Association went to the current playoff format in 2003.

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