Capsule preview of the Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals matchup

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In the five-game Boston series, Love shot 53.5 percent from three-point range and averaged almost 13 rebounds a game. Nevertheless, the Warriors stormed through the Western Conference playoffs on a 12-0 tear - winning in the playoffs by an average of 16.3 points, on track as the best mark ever.

Turnover differential in Game 1.

"You can look at Golden State and how they're playing, it's pretty dominant", Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said on Tuesday. The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland. He was sacked by the Lakers in November 2012, five games into the 2012-13 regular season. In the climatic Game 7 of the 2016 Finals, the score was tied at 89 with less than a minute to go. The two best teams in the National Basketball Association back to duke it out for the third year in a row.

This is the most obvious answer, but it's such a big deal that it'd be ridiculous not to include it. Durant is a former league MVP and probably the second-best player, joining what already was perhaps the most talented team in the league.

While LeBron James is the best basketball player on the planet, Cleveland's older roster can not make enough 3 pointers or play good enough team defense to beat the Warriors 4 times in 7 games. Golden State hadn't won in 40 years. As for me, my original thought was Warriors in five, but then I remembered LeBron James took the Cavs to a game six by himself two years ago, which if nothing else, is certainly worth an extra game in the series.

Pachulia passed up a chance at bigger money to have a chance for a title when he signed with Golden State last summer for $2.9 million. Cleveland's rugged glass-eater could be a hard matchup for the Warriors.

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One of the few things that hasn't gone right for Golden State this postseason has been Klay Thompson's shooting.

61 - The number of years since the last North American major sports league had teams meet three times in a row in the final, that coming with Detroit and Montreal in the NHL Stanley Cup Final from 1954-56. "Last year, right from Game 1 against Houston (in the first round of playoffs), he was injured and fighting an uphill battle".

Familiarity breeds contempt, but it in a National Basketball Association series, it can also force innovation. Kevin Love grabbed 21 rebounds and scored 15 points, while Tristan Thompson was held scoreless and to four boards.

Everything he can do to help Golden State get prepared, Kerr is doing " until he feels he might be fine to return to the bench. Aside from Game 1 against the Spurs, the Warriors began the fourth quarter of their first playoff game this season tied with the Portland Trail Blazers. "And I even tried to tell him, 'Steve, you should do it ... and if you don't feel like you're OK, half through the game, just go back in the back". The Warriors come in averaging in 118 points per game, while the Cavs have averaged 115 points per game through the playoffs.

However, no two franchises have met in three consecutive Finals until now. But the reigning champs have also ripped through this postseason with a 12-1 record going into the Finals. Last season they played with a seven-player lineup in numerous Finals games.

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