Cavs and Dubs meet again

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Andrew Gentile, Staff Writer

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Thursday, May 31 marks the beginning of a long series of NBA finals that have featured Lebron James’ Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.

The beginning of their four straight finals clashes began in June of 2015 and saw the Warriors led by All-Star guard Stephen Curry and All-NBA defensive team member Draymond Green, take their coveted NBA finals Trophy back to Oracle Arena.

Since the Warriors won in 2015 they’ve met two more times since, seeing Lebron and company take it in 7 games during their 2016 campaign alongside All-star guard Kyrie Irving and Kevin love, coming back from being down 3 games to 1, which had never been seen before.

Despite King James return to the top, the following year the Warriors would dethrone him in rather quick fashion after their pre-season acquisition of former MVP and  All-Star forward Kevin Durant, winning the finals series 4-1.

This year will be the fourth time that Lebron will have to stand against the NBA’s most powerful superteam, featuring Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.

But this year will be different, Lebron won’t have Kyrie Irving to bring the ball up, ensuring all pressure will be on the King. James will also be without All-Star forward Kevin Love for at least game one, who suffered a concussion in game 6 against the Boston Celtics.

The regular season ended in mediocre fashion for the Cavs ending 50-32 and entering the playoffs in the 4th seed in the east. The Cavaliers finished their season 5th in points per game averaging 110 per game behind Lebrons average 27 points, but struggled defensively averaging 109 opponent points per game.

They’ll need to find a way to stop the offensive power of the warriors who saw three players averaging 20 or more points per game (Thompson, Durant, and Curry).

Going into the series the Cavs are the biggest underdogs in NBA history, the only question there is really left to ask when talking about the NBA finals isn’t who will win, it’s in how many games will the Warriors win.

The everlasting toughness of the King just won’t be enough to slow the Warriors. That being said, there’s really no foreseeable future in which the King, can once again triumph against the best team in the NBA.


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