The Finals: It's now NBA All-Star War

The Finals: It's now NBA All-Star War”

While Cleveland is a little healthier, Golden State picked up one of the best players in the world during the off season by signing Kevin Durant.

Golden State has looked stronger than ever this postseason, having recorded consecutive four-game sweeps over the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs, becoming the first team in National Basketball Association history to reach the Finals with a 12-0 record. The Cavaliers have more depth.

The biggest difference between the 2017 Finals and the last two Finals is Golden State's addition of Kevin Durant.

RESERVES: Andre Iguodala, Shawn Livingston, JaVale McGee, Ian Clark, David West, and Patrick McCaw vs. Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, Kyle Korver, Deron Williams and Richard Jefferson.

Also special are the forces arrayed in this series, one that the National Basketball Association hopes will make up for what has been an otherwise disappointing postseason - thanks, in large part, to the way the Warriors and Cavaliers have dismantled their opponents to get here. Oh yes, the seemingly infamous Durant. Each team is still stacked with numerous same great players from the last two seasons, but the Warriors have one big change from the last time these two teams met in the Finals: Kevin Durant. He's not an elite defender, but he's a formidable matchup against LeBron.

· 61 - The series between the Cavaliers and Warriors will be the first time in 61 years that teams in any major North American professional sport league will meet for the third straight time with a championship on the line.

LeBron will show up.

This year's playoffs have been fantastic to watch, despite the complaints by many fans.

· 30 - Two-time Kia NBA MVP Stephen Curry's No. 30 again leads the list of most popular NBA jerseys.

Coming into this season, Cavs' big three are shooting a whooping 47 per cent from the field while Warriors' big three are shooting 48 per cent in terms of their field goals. It's hard to tell if that's because of Durant, or if the novelty of the Warriors just wore off. Expect the two-time MVP to return to form and produce the best Finals of his career.

Love's dominant play last series is what the Cavs have been hoping he would do when they brought him to Cleveland prior to the 2014 season.

"We're a better Cavaliers team, and they're a better Warriors team", he said.

The scene shifts to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 on June 7 and June 9. Otherwise, he he did more to galvanize the country than divide it because everyone - white, black, brown, yellow, purple - loves them some LeBron James.

The numbers crunchers say Golden State is the best team since Michael Jordan's 72-win Bulls of 1996. He is one of the best shooters I have ever seen. Earlier in the season, on February 10, he recorded the first triple-double in National Basketball Association history without scoring double-digit points. But consider his ability to block shots.

Kerr took the leave between Games 2 and 3 of the opening round against the? Iman Shumpert will have to play well above his 6-foot-5 frame to handle Durant.

This NBA Championship will not be a four or five-game series. James has called Golden State a "juggernaut" but the Warriors aren't buying all that talk.

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