Curry vs James, Steph vs Lebron, Cleveland vs California, the stage is set for a star studded NBA Finals with current MVP, Stephen Curry leading his Warriors into his first finals and the Warriors first in decades, while Lebron the former 4 time MVP and current best player in the league is in his 5th straight finals. This is Lebron’s 6th NBA Finals appearance, and his 2nd with Cleveland. Lebron also led the Cavs to the finals in 2007. James played in the last 4 finals with the Miami Heat going 2-2.
James, who left his home of Ohio to move to South Beach to play for the Heat in 2010. James returned to his home state this year, and he also brought along with him some Heat teammates. James is now saying those teammates and him make up the big 3 not Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, and himself.
James Jones and Mike Miller with LeBron James doesn’t sound like a big 3, but they do have a successful history together. Jones is also playing in his 5th straight finals, and Mike Miller is in his 3rd finals.
James has to find some sort of confidence in his teammates now with KYRIE IRVING not 100%, and Kevin Love out for the rest of the season.
The big talk of this series will be Lebron vs Curry. The two might not even match up head to head. Curry is in his 6th NBA season, and Lebron has been in the league twice as long with this being his 12th year in the league.
Again they probably won’t match up head to head, but Lebron might be forced to try to defend this year’s MVP since the Cavs are low on manpower. Here is a look at their career numbers:
Points Per Game: James- 27.3, Curry- 20.9
Rebounds Per Game: James- 7.1, Curry- 4.1
Assists Per Game: James- 6.9, Curry- 6.9
Field Goal Percentage: James- .496, Curry- .471
3-Point Percentage: James- .342, Curry- .440
Free Throw Percentage: James- .745, Curry- .900
An odd but interesting fact about the two is they were both born in Akron, Ohio. Curry’s father, Del Curry was playing for the Cavs when his son was born.
Curry is also the Vegas favorite to win the Finals MVP award over Lebron.
The first game isn’t until next Thursday, and that means a long rest for both teams. The Cavaliers will go eight days without a game by virtue of completing their sweep of the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night. The San Antonio Spurs had an even longer layoff in 2013, when they went nine days without a game after winning the West.
That rest will be needed for both teams, but the Cavs need it more with KYRIE IRVING being the x-factor. Irving has been hurt most of the postseason as the Cavs rolled through the east, but they will need their point guard as healthy as he can be if they hope to beat the Warriors.
So who will win? It’s hard to bet against Lebron, and he gave the press a quote to remember, “I can’t guarantee a win, but I can guarantee we will play our asses off!”
That’s enough for me, but I think this could be a 6 or 7 game series.
Here is a list of game dates and times.
Golden State vs. Cleveland
Game 1: – Thu. June 4, Cleveland at Golden State, 9 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 2: Sun. June 7, Cleveland at Golden State, 8 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 3: Tue. June 9, Golden State at Cleveland, 9 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 4: Thu. June 11, Golden State at Cleveland, 9 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 5 *: Sun, June 14, Cleveland at Golden State, 8 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 6 *: Tue, June 16, Golden State at Cleveland, 9 p.m. ETM, ABC
Game 7 *: Fri, June 19, Cleveland at Golden State, 9 p.m. ET, ABC
* = if necessary
All times are Eastern
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