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Cavs and Warriors to meet Thursday in NBA Finals

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will be the first teams ever to meet in three consecutive NBA Finals this Thursday.

The Warriors become the first team to ever go into the NBA Finals undefeated since the format changed in 2003.

After San Antonio Spurs Kawhi Leonard was injured by the Golden State Warriors ZaZa Pachulia, the Spurs lost their composure and were swept by the Warriors. By beating the Spurs,           “Starting off 12-0 is great, but it doesn’t mean anything going into the next series,” said Stephen Curry of the Warriors according to ESPN.co

The Cleveland Cavaliers, who finished second in the Eastern Conference, had a record of 12-1 in the playoffs to enter the finals. The Cavaliers loss came to the Boston Celtics, who finished first in the Eastern Conference, in Game 3 of their best-of-seven series.

Not only did the Warriors have a historic playoffs record this year but LeBron James also made history by becoming the all-time playoff scoring leader, passing Michael Jordan, and Curry passed Kobe Bryant on the NBA’s all-time playoff 3-pointers list. With seven straight playoff appearances and a chance of a fourth ring, James is being called his own dynasty.

Although players like James of the Cavaliers don’t think there’s a rivalry between these two teams, fans are referring to the upcoming Final a trilogy. This is because the first time these two teams met in the finals was in the 2014-15 finals. The Cavaliers were missing two of their star players due to injuries and the series ended 4-2 and the Warriors won the first title in 40 years, becoming the second team to win a championship without any prior finals experience from a player. The MVP of the 2015 NBA Finals was Andre Iguodala.

The next year, the 2015-16 regular season ended with the Warriors finishing with a historic 73-9 record and Stephen Curry winning NBA MVP. After the regular season in the 2015-16 Finals, the Cavaliers and Warriors met for a second time in the Finals. The outcome was an intense seven-game series and another historic moment when the Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 deficit to win the finals with the Finals MVP being LeBron James.

“I don’t have a rivalry with Steph Curry. There’s no way you can say,’ let’s talk about rivalries,’ and you say,’(Larry) Bird and Magic. Carolina, Duke. Ohio State, Michigan,’ and then say ‘Lebron and Steph.’ It’s disrespectful to those other three that I just named that you would even try to put us in the class with that. We haven’t had enough battles, and who’s to say that we won’t have future battles. We’ll see, but to put us in that category with (them), it’s impossible. You can’t do it,” said James during a 2017 All Star Weekend press conference.

Since last year, both teams have had some big additions. The Warriors they signed Kevin Durant, a former MVP,and  during the season the Cavaliers traded for Kyle Korver, who is a former Sixer and led the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage last season.

Fans and players anticipating the start of the finals on thursday night when the Warriors play the Cavs in San Francisco. The second game of the series will also be played in San Francisco and the third and fourth games of the series will be played in Cleveland. If the finals advance past Game 4, Game 5 will be played in San Francisco, Game 6 will be played in Cleveland, and Game 7 will be played in back in San Francisco.

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