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Cavs-Warriors Will Be A Shootout

Rating: 3 votes, 4.00 average.
After going through the grind of the regular season and the roller coaster of the postseason, it comes down to the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors duking it out for the NBA Championship.

Both teams went through relatively the same path to get to the Finals. Golden State rode the Splash Bros past New Orleans, Memphis, and Houston. Lebron James hauled Cleveland past Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta.

Golden State was the best team in the NBA this season, and return to the Finals for the first time in 35 years. Cleveland was here 10 years ago, something James probably would rather forget. He would also likely want to forget that his Cavaliers struggled through the first third of the season.

Forward-center David Lee and power forward Marreese Speights are basically walking wounded for the Warriors. Power forward Kevin Love and pointguard Kyrie Irving played hurt themselves throughout most of the playoffs, with Love out for the season after Kelly Olynyk yanked his arm out of its socket.

James will count on Iman Shumpert, JR Smith, Timofey Mozgov, Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova, and James Jones. Mike Miller will lead the shock troops.

MVP Steph Curry and Klay Thompson will count on Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, Andre Igoudala, Festus Ezeli, Shaun Livingston, and maybe Lee. Leandro Barbosa is not himself a shock trooper, but will lead that bunch.

Either way it does not look like any side has a distinct advantage roster-wise.

James is coming off arguably his best personal playoffs performance, practically beating the East-leading Hawks on his own by averaging nearly a triple-double over their four-game romp in the East Finals. He showed exactly why he is the best player on the planet right now. He blew by any conventional big forward, and completely overpowered any small forward sent after him throughout the playoffs.

Curry has established a new record for being the best out and out gunner in the league, making some 70 three-pointers throughout these playoffs. Thompson and everyone else has benefited immensely from his ability to simply score at will. At will. Remember that. It is not a joke. It is not an exaggeration. It is the truth.

This will be a shootout.

Warriors in 4 or 5.

Cavaliers in 6 or 7.


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