Why the Cleveland Cavaliers will win the NBA Finals

Why the Cleveland Cavaliers will win the NBA Finals

It's obviously not surprising that a whole lot of people tuned in to watch the Warriors and Rockets, two extremely good teams squaring off with an NBA Finals berth on the line.

Golden State Warriors showed their class to defeated a spirited Houston Rockets side 101-92 to set up a Final against the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second consecutive season.

With the team still struggling to find itself after the trades, James had to carry the team, and incredibly, he's taken them all the way to the finals. His struggles delighted his critics. If All-Star Kevin Love is cleared from his concussion in time to play, Cleveland can surround James with risky perimeter shooters such as himself, Kyle Korver, George Hill and JR Smith, forcing the Warriors to play James 1-on-1 - and possibly without one of their top defenders in Andre Iguodala if he can't return from his leg injury.

"We're all going to try to paint a picture of there's a chance that Cleveland could win", Van Gundy said.

But the 2018 Finals are shaping up much like last season's championship series, which lasted five games. In the middle of the season, Cleveland essentially blew up their lineup, dumping Isaiah Thomas - the player they obtained for Irving - in a series of trades meant to make the team younger and more agile for a playoff run. It might require four games of around 34 points, nine rebounds and nine assists - about what James is averaging in 18 games this postseason. James excelled as usual, and his supporting cast, including J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson, George Hill, gave just enough help to win.

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His personal-best of 697 points was set in the Miami Heat's 23-game run to the National Basketball Association championship in 2012. Ironically, the Sixers won that game.

And over these four years since James returned to northeast OH, the Warriors are 17-9 against the Cavaliers.

Van Gundy, pride of Alhambra High School in Martinez, and Jackson, who preceded Steve Kerr as coach of the Warriors, are leaning toward a Warriors victory in four games - only because three games is mathematically impossible.

Stephen Curry was, as a surprise to no one, the best player on the floor.

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