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Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry dribbles during an NBA basketball practice Wednesday in Oakland The Golden State Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland

Other teams were jumping into the picture, from time to time, like San Antonio Spurs or Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference. The Warriors are led by guard Stephen Curry, who averaged 25.3 ppg. I guess the nation is excited.

This NBA Finals is in uncharted territory.

Ahead of Game 7 past year, James told cleveland.com he wanted to win for northeast OH because of the bond people share over sports. Who got to go get their clock cleaned? With the 2017 Finals about to begin, BC's NBA Finals Preview will attempt to answer these questions. Not this year. This year, the playoffs were a buildup to Cavs-Warriors.

If any of this turns out to be wrong, we'll try it again next year with the same two teams.

So finally, some drama.

"What happened in the past in my mind doesn't really count now unless we go out and finish the deal", Thompson said. I think the real hype is on Golden State because some people have given Curry this persona that he somehow, someway needs to seek revenge, or redeem himself. But, yeah, I don't want to feel what I felt a year ago.

"You can look at Golden State and how they're playing, it's pretty dominant", Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said on Tuesday. Thus far, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors have matched up in the 2015 and 2016 National Basketball Association finals, each winning one apiece. The Warriors were up 3-1 in 2016 before Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5. Last year, the Warriors had the Cavs against the ropes before Cleveland won three straight to win the championship.

Wednesday, June 7: Golden State at Cleveland, 9 p.m.

"What Ty does to figure that one out will probably tell the tale of how the thing goes", Calipari said. The Warriors are deeper and more talented, now boasting Kevin Durant in their Big Four. Perhaps you heard. It was in all the papers.

The Cavs' defence has been one of the worst defences in the league this season, whereas the Warriors have been one of the best offensive teams in the league, let alone over the past couple of seasons.

The Warriors took a little time getting accustomed to each other, worked through some injuries and posted another 67-win season.

Warriors are the first team in National Basketball Association history to start the postseason 12-0. They destroyed the Cavs in their last meeting in January. And, I know what you're saying, "Well, that was a year ago". Game seven, which was decided in the last minute of play, averaged 31 million viewers, making it the third most-watched game in National Basketball Association history.

LeBron led teams are 17-22-1 against the spread in the Finals, cashing just 43.6 percent of the time.

Add to that mix veterans like Deron Williams, Channing Frye, Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith and the Cavs are one of the few teams in the league that have the firepower to stay with the Warriors.

Caught on camera by TMZ.com when Riley was in Malibu, Calif., on Saturday, Riley was asked if he was rooting for James against the Golden State Warriors. They shoot with incredible accuracy.

"They stepped it up a level in the playoffs defensively", Durant said of the Cavaliers.

However, the 26-year-old who was undrafted out of Belmont is a part of what might just be the best team ever. The Warriors say they aren't anxious. In the past? Maybe. His scoring average (7.5 points per game) is better than any he has had in a regular season. Golden State wants to play small, with Green at center.

The Warriors were a fantastic team. Along the way, James gelled well with co-All Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, adding another dynamic to the Cavaliers offense. The second came in Game 1 of the Finals when Irving's left knee collided with Klay Thompson and fractured.

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