Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors proved just why they deserve to be back in the NBA Finals Monday night.
And how they came back against the Oklahoma City Thunder should cause a couple of sleepless nights for the Cleveland Cavaliers leading up to Thursday night’s opener in Oakland.
The Dubs, whose backs were against the wall to a team that took out the 67-win Spurs, looked quite defeated after losing game four and going down 3-1. But, there was still magic left in the greatest regular season team ever and the rain of three-pointers from Splash Brothers Stephen Curry (a NBA record 32 in a seven-game series) and Klay Thompson (a playoff record 11 in game six) was too much for beleaguered OKC.
Which brings us to an epic re-match between the 2015 finalists. The Warriors and MVP Curry fought back from a 2-1 deficit in last year’s championship to ruin LeBron James’ dream of bringing a title to his beloved Cleveland.
The match-ups, individual and team, in this series are certainly intriguing. Here are 10 things that could affect the outcome.
Based on the route both finalists had to take to get back to the final, we have to say the Cavaliers had the easiest time of it. Cleveland finished the regular season on top of the Eastern Conference standings at 57-25, which wasn’t too shabby. The Detroit Pistons, who finished eighth at 44-38, offered up little in the way of resistance in round one, getting swept 4-0. In the second round, the fourth place Atlanta Hawks were even easier pickings, losing by an average of 12.5 points per game in another brooming. Toronto, despite a two-game rally to tie the series after blowout losses to open the set, was not the Cavaliers equal in any way. Cleveland closed “We The North” with thunderous 116-78 and 113-87 wins. Golden State, on the other hand, didn’t have a lot of trouble disposing of Houston 4-1, but the Trail Blazers gave them everything they had, bowing 4-1 but keeping the last two games close. And the Western Conference finals against the Thunder were a testament to just how tough that conference is.