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The End of the Road for the Cavs?

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The rampaging Golden State Warriors go for the jugular on Saturday June 10 (Manila time, 9:00 a.m.) when they take on the about-to-be-deposed National Basketball Association titlist Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Four of the best-of-seven 2007 Finals at the Quicken Loans Arena seeking a 4-0 series sweep and attain playoff perfection for the first time ever in the 71-year existence of the league at 16-0.

If ever, the Bay Area squad will take the NBA crown for the second time in three years and turn in the trick on the Wine City outfit?s home floor. In 2015, Golden State whipped Cleveland, 4-2, in the Finals for its first Larry O?Brien championship hardware in 40 years. The Warriors grabbed the title in Game 6 also at the Quicken Loans Arena.

This year's NBA Finals marks only the third time since 1996 that one team has gained a 3-0 lead in a championship series.

During the stretch, Chicago (led by Michael Jordan) also went 3-0 against Seattle (led by Shawn Kemp) in the 1996 Finals and San Antonio was up, 3-0, versus Cleveland in the 2007 Finals.

The Spurs eventually swept the Cavs in four games.

However, the Bulls, who had posted the all-time best record in NBA regular-season history at the time at 72-10 (before Golden State shattered the mark in 2015-16 with a 73-9 mark), allowed the SuperSonics (now the Oklahoma City Thunder) to steal Games 4 and 5 under the old 2-3-2 (home-road) Finals format before the Bulls finished them off in Game 6 on their home floor.

The most recent time that a 4-0 sweep was registered in an NBA Finals occurred exactly a decade ago.

In 2007, Tim Duncan and Finals MVP Tony Parker powered the San Antonio Spurs to a 4-0 Finals sweep of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

At the time, James was in his first tour duty with the Cavs and was a fourth-year pro out of high school.
Who was the Cavs' head coach at the time?

Mike Brown, now an assistant coach with Golden State who held the reins in lieu of a sick Steve Kerr in 11 straight playoff victories (11-0), including the Finals series -opening win over reigning champion Cleveland.

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How the hell did 6-3 Stephen Curry grab a team-high 13 rebounds (eight of them on the defensive end) for Golden State in NBA Finals Game 3 to tie Cleveland's 6-10 Kevin Love (13) for game-high honors?

Who says small men don't jump?
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