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NBA Finals Preview

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

For the fourth consecutive season, it will be the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Many people are sick and tired of this and I don't blame them one bit. This is what the NBA wanted and they got it. For the first time ever in any professional sport, the championship round will be the same match up for four straight years.

The Golden State Warriors are 2-1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. They both have had different paths to get here. The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Indiana Pacers in seven games, they swept the Toronto Raptors, and they defeated the Boston Celtics in seven games.

The Golden State Warriors defeated the San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans in five games and the Houston Rockets in seven games.

Who will be the possible x-factors in this series? Cleveland: George Hill, Cedi Osman, and Jeff Green. Golden State: Nick Young, Kevon Looney, and Jordan Bell.

Who are the possible Finals MVP candidates? Cleveland: Lebron James. Golden State: Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.

The match up itself: (4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs (2) Golden State Warriors: Lebron James has led his team to another improbable run to the NBA Finals. He has been there nine times in his career and this now marks his eighth year in a row being there. He is just 3-5 in the finals in his career. Lebron is looking to defy all the odds and lead his team to another championship. He can't do it by himself against one of the most elite teams of all time, despite taking his game to another level in his 15th NBA season. The Cleveland Cavaliers are heavy underdogs heading into this series. With the supporting cast they have had, they should be swept away in these finals, but you never know. Kevin Love (concussion like symptoms) and Andre Iguodala (leg injury) could miss some time in these NBA Finals. The Warriors showed some cracks in the conference finals against the Houston Rockets, but shooters like Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Steph Curry stepped up when they needed to the most. Durant is going to look to make a statement again in the NBA Finals for the second consecutive season. He won Finals MVP in 2017. Golden State's bench hasn't exactly been lighting it up, but it shouldn't be too much of a concern because Cleveland's bench hasn't exactly been lighting it up either. The Golden State Warriors have a monster coaching edge in this series. Steve Kerr is a lot better than Tyronn Lue. The pick: Warriors in 4.

This article was originally published on @gk18