2016 NBA Finals: Game 1 Preview

The Warriors gave us a scare, but we finally get the NBA Finals rematch from a year ago that so many of us wished for. Golden State and Cleveland’s road to the Finals has been a bit different of late. The Warriors were a game away from packing their bags when they trailed OKC 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals. LeBron and Co. took the Raptors in six games and won 12 of their 14 playoff games.

When the two squads tip off in less than an hour, plenty of storylines will follow. Is Curry on the verge of making history by becoming the fourth player to ever win MVP and a championship in consecutive years? Has Cleveland’s decision to mimic Golden State and play small ball made the Cavs the favorite? Will a healthy Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving make all the difference that finally gives Cleveland that title it has longed for for decades?

But above all, legacies are on the line. Careers can become tarnished. Does Curry continue to ride this tidal wave of success to two titles in as many years? LeBron will either go to 3-4 or 2-5 in NBA Finals series, the former a lot more appealing than the later. So what if LeBron is in his sixth straight Finals if he only wins two.

I’m taking Curry, Klay and Draymond in Game 1 and the series. Cleveland’s been off for some time, and the Warriors are firing on all cylinders at the right time. OKC will probably be their toughest opponent all playoffs. That’s just what I expect to unfold. I hope I’m wrong. Go Cavs.

– Todd Kress

The only two rings LeBron James has earned in his 13-year career happened while he played for Miami when he played alongside two stars in Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. LeBron prevailed as an NBA Champion in back to back fashion, defeating the Thunder in 2012 and San Antonio the following year. All in all, he made out well during his stint in Miami, making the Finals every year he was there.

Everything has changed now that he’s back in Cleveland. Stephen Curry has swept the stage in pro ball – and now the fucking planet is cheering behind him. Where did all the LeBron attention go? The Warriors own it. Steph owns it. And it’s kind of hard not to follow suit when you watch what Golden State is doing to these teams—OKC must be in shambles after what just happened. Tonight says a lot about this series. When it comes to Draymond Green and Steph Curry, expect the unexpected. One thing to look for though, will Klay Thompson continue slaying? He’s shooting 45% from the three during these playoffs. I’m obviously all Warriors tonight, by at least five.

– Daniel Solis Ramos

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