The past week in the NBA has featured two finals that fans of the sport will not forget in a hurry.
In the Eastern Conference final, Boston Celtics faced off against the Cleveland Cavaliers for a place in the NBA Playoffs Final. By the end of Game 4, the best-of-seven series was tied at 2-2. After Game 6, both teams had won equal amount of games, needing the ‘win or go home’ Game 7 to decide the winner of the series.
At the end of the day, and for the umpteenth time, Lebron James came through for the Cavs and helped them to qualify for a fourth straight playoff final where they will face Golden State Warriors.
The journey to the final was pretty much the same for Steph Curry and co.
At first they had to learn to play without their magician, relying heavily on Kevin Durant and Dreymond Green. With Steph’s recovery from injury, combining with Klay Thompson, GSW ran riot in Game 7, blowing away Houston Rockets to earn a place in the final.
This is the fourth time in a row that these two franchises will be squaring off against each other in the NBA Playoffs Finals. Some have called it boring but it’s only a testament to the fact that both teams are the best in the NBA.
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Because this is the fourth time in a row both teams will be playing each other in the final, there’s plenty of history between them. And to understand which way this game is going to go, let’s take a look at how things have shaped up whenever these two sides have come up against each other in recent times.
In last year’s final, Golden State Warriors whitewashed Cavaliers, winning the series 4-1 and scoring at least over 110 points in every of those five games played in that series.
In the year before that (2015/2016), it was the shining moment for the Cavs as they came back from 3-1 down to win the series.
In the 2014/2015 season, it was all about the dominance of the Warriors.
In the 14/15 final, Golden State Warriors won Game. In the 15/16 NBA Playoffs final, Golden State Warriors again won the first game of the best-of-seven series. In the last NBA Playoffs final, it was the Golden State Warriors who took Game 1 of the series.
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A lot has been said about the Warriors. But there’s one man who will want to stop Steve Kerr’s men. And that one man is Lebron James. He has carried the Cavs on his shoulder thus far and will be looking to complete his mission.
But can he start with a win in Game 1? What do you think?
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