Capsule preview of the Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals matchup

Capsule preview of the Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals matchup

If you had doubts about star power being the difference in the playoffs you can forget it. Both teams won their home game. (That ratio also holds true going back to last year's Finals, Golden State going 3-0 when scoring 103 or more, 0-4 otherwise.) And the last time that the Warriors shot better than 50 per cent and lost was in November - that is, November 2014.

Smith doesn't get much attention on a Cavs' team led by LeBron James and featuring Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James answers questions before an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif.

And just as James struggled in building chemistry in Miami with "Big Three" teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Durant and his new Golden State teammates had to make adjustments to maximize the contributions of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green as well. Durant still has to earn his first ring, of course, but this is one incredibly talented group.

P.S. Scottie, his three-point shooting is pretty dominant. Few teams in history have ever come close to that.

But even after winning the championship last season, Cleveland is an even bigger underdog this time around.

The Cavs are also more well-rounded than they were in the previous two trips to the finals.

The NBA Finals are here.

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Crowder and the Celtics are looking forward to going home and redeeming themselves after the blowout losses in Games 1 and 2. This NBA Finals rubber match between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers has been building up for a while.

The NBA website (NBA.Com) notes “no team has made more 3-pointers than Cleveland with a play-off average of 14.6 pts. a game.

And, in a series that is expected to go six or seven games, that game could be the difference. He has won the MVP three times in his career, including a year ago. I felt as if the Lakers were a testament to all that was right in the world, the Celtics an example of all that was wrong. Iguodala has shot the ball poorly in the postseason but the 2015 NBA Finals MVP will be on the floor plenty anyway because of his other contributions.

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Had the San Antonio Spurs been healthy, they would have won at least one game, and maybe two from Golden State.

That's actually in the same ballpark as last year's NBA Finals' Game 7, when the get-in price for tickets ranged from about $850 to $1,000 just before the deciding game was to be played. Oklahoma City was tops in the West in FG shooting defense, while the Pacers were best in the National Basketball Association.

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