Warriors, Cavaliers begin Round 3

Solenn Plantier
Juin 2, 2017

The Cavaliers and the Warriors are both in the midst of the most incredible runs in National Basketball Association postseason history, and both have been on an absolute warpath towards each other since their last Finals matchup ended. Focusing specifically on Game 1 of the NBA Finals over the past 26 years, the Under has been a profitable 9-15-1 O/U since 1991.

Last year, the Cavaliers battled back from a 3 - 1 series deficit to defeat the Warriors on their home court at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Golden State's core is healthy, Curry and Durant are playing out of their minds, and the Warriors have so many different ways to cut up the Cavalier defense and expose the likes of Irving and Love.

It all adds up to a clash of the titans and another NBA Finals series for the ages. A video game simulation has them going the distance. You'll get people who love the Warriors; you'll now get people who hate and loathe Golden State.

ESPN is reporting that Kevin Durant, who may well be the most valuable player in the National Basketball Association given his age and ability, is thinking about taking a pay cut this offseason in order to allow the Warriors to keep their core together for the next few seasons.

Green took a one-game suspension in last year's NBA Finals after punching James in the groin when the Cleveland star stepped over him.

After noting that the vandalism had intruded on "one of the greatest sporting events that we have", James said that if the incident keeps the conversation about racism alive, James said, "then I'm OK with it". The UNDER is 4-2-2 in the last eight games between these two teams.

After playoffs that have been largely defined by mundanity, the very least the Warriors and Cavs could do for us is give us seven decent games.

"Since I've been in this league, it's hard to get to the playoffs, let alone march all the way to the finals", guard Iman Shumpert said.

Green added, "That's how focused he is on being great". And while many may be growing exhausted of seeing the same players on the game's biggest stage, there are still plenty of storylines to keep us all tuned in. Cleveland nearly certainly needs the Kevin Love of the last round to have a chance at the upset. In the 2016 NBA Finals, Golden State had a 3-1 lead over Cleveland but became the first team in NBA history to blow that lead when the Cavs came back to win their first championship. The Warriors failed as betting favorites in all three of those games including losses at home in both Game 5 and Game 7. "And for us to get back on top - I would say it'll be a good feelin' to redeem ourselves from a year ago", Curry told ABC News' T.J. Holmes in an interview that aired on "Good Morning America". In the first round of the 2016 playoffs against the Houston Rockets, Curry suffered a sprained MCL, and he didn't look like himself in the NBA Finals.

But for Curry, he said that his game is really all that matters.

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