Golden State vs Cleveland: The Trilogy


For the third time in as many years, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers will face each other in the NBA Finals. With both teams claiming one victory, the third time around might be the best series yet. Both teams have shown the world what they are capable of by steamrolling their way through their respective conferences. Golden State owns a flawless 12-0 record as they enter the Finals having swept each of their last 3 opponents. If it weren’t for the Boston Celtics completing the biggest upset in NBA Playoffs history in their game 3 win over Cleveland, the Cavaliers would also have a flawless record, but instead they’ll have to settle for a record of 12-1 as they prepare to defend their title.

Both teams have dominated their respective conferences tremendously. The Warriors are rolling with Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant playing extremely efficient and torching any defender that is put in front of them. (Curry is averaging 28.6 PPG on a 50/43/91 shooting clip throughout the playoffs, Kevin is  averaging 25.6 PPG while shooting 56/41/87). The Cavaliers are being led by the historic play of LeBron James who has been on a tear throughout the playoffs posting a stat line of 32.3 PPG, 7 AST, 8 RPG. Cleveland has also been receiving stellar performances from Kyrie Irving (42 points in Game 4 against Boston) and Kevin Love (7 made 3s in the 3rd quarter of Game 3 against Boston). With enough star power on both teams to create marquee match-ups throughout the course of the finals, this installment of Golden State vs Cleveland should be the best yet.

All stats are accurate as of 5/26/17. Stats provided by Basketball Reference.