Why the Cleveland Cavaliers have the edge in the NBA Finals

Why the Cleveland Cavaliers have the edge in the NBA Finals”

Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) stands on the court prior to the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game five of the Western conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena.

The Cavs would make the Warriors blush with their three-point rate in the playoffs: 40.8 percent of their field goal attempts are from behind the arc, to the Warriors' 35.2 percent entering Game 7 of the West finals.

However, Nike is well represented by LeBron James, who is making his sixth straight appearance in the National Basketball Association finals. Put him on Curry, and you get torched.

Stopping the Warriors is impossible. Considering it's been more than four months since they've met, it's hard to extrapolate too much from these two games. Better offense beats great defense any day. "I think that's the next step for us all - thinking of how we can all be better". We know each other very, very well. "I don't know", the league's most coveted unrestricted free agent said.

"But when you sit down and look back at what happened throughout the season, you can be proud of not just the players, but everybody in the organization from the top to the bottom".

Warriors won last season's showdown in 6-games, quite a rally, recording a comeback after trailing 2-games to one.

Cleveland's Kyrie Irving missed all but 43:37 of the Finals past year. Pat Riley will try to sell him on the Heat's championship culture, one way he lured James from Cleveland in 2010.

"It didn't matter", James said.

They had shown glimpses but they just weren't clicking, and found themselves 3-1 down in the best of seven series.

This season's championship showcase might be a rematch but it is totally different from the previous one. Matthew Dellavedova tenaciously hounded Curry in last year's finals until he exhausted himself and wound up hospitalized. Although, in James' case, the King. Despite all that, the Cavaliers managed to take the 67-15 Golden State Warriors to a six game series. "And it's exactly the matchup that I, frankly, was dreaming of this year", Lacob told CSN Bay Area following the Warriors' Game 7 win over the Thunder on Monday night.

Moreover, Golden State's beloved "Strength In Numbers" catchphrase coined by Coach of the Year Kerr was needed in every way. "It's one of two things: either you can switch and have a big (man) on Curry and have him take the shots over your big or you can double-team Steph and throw it back to Draymond (Green), who's probably the best playmaker at that position in the league and now you have a four-on-three or a three-on-two. They're great competitors, incredible workers, tremendous people and they've got a lot of grit".


The fact LeBron James and the Cavs were missing the injured Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love initiated some conversation about whether the Finals fight was fair.

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