NBA FINALS PREVIEW

Basketball

ByTheMinNBA

Good Evening All - It's the climax of the basketball season Stateside as the NBA Finals tip off tonight. It's gong to be a top class affair so lets start things slowly with an awful, barely basketball related song to whet the appetite.

It's a dream final as the two best teams in the NBA go head to head for the second year running. It's the man who has been the face of basketball against the man who is poised to take over that mantle. It's LeBron James v Stephen Curry. It's Cleveland Cavaliers v Golden State Warriors

Last season saw Golden State Warriors collect their first NBA title in 40 years in a classic 4-2 series win over the Cavaliers. The first two games both went to Overtime, the two teams splitting them to go into game 3 at 1-1. The Cavaliers won that before the Warriors turned on the style to win 3 games on the bounce to take the crown.

Steph Curry was the star but it was the introduction of Andre Iguodala that changed the course of the series. The Warriors swingman shutdown LeBron James and his defensive performance saw him named the MVP of the Finals series.

As with most American Sports the Play-Offs signal the end of another long regular season which in the NBA is 82 games long. Both sides topped their respective conferences, Cleveland winning in the East and Golden State conquering the West in record breaking fashion.

Cleveland ended the regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference despite some mid season traumas. The star studded line up is dominated by the presence of LeBron James and it is though that he maneuvered for Coach David Blatt to be fired in January, to be replaced by a former teammate in Tyronn Lue.

Golden State have been in record breaking form since the get go. Their regular season record of 73-9 is the best in NBA history, beating the previous best set by Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls team of 1995/6.

The team started 24-0. Not only an NBA record but the best ever start by any team in US Sporting history. They won 54 straight games at home, finally succumbing to defeat against the Boston Celtics in April. #Fortress

Steph Curry became the first man in history to be unanimously voted as MVP, taking all 131 votes from the Sportswriters and experts who make the decision. Steve Kerr was named as coach of the year as well. It begs the question - Are the Warriors unstoppable?

The start of the play-offs made it look that way. They overcame the loss of Curry to a knee injury to beat the Houston Rockets 4-1 before Curry returned with 40 points in an Overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Golden State taking that series 4-1 as well.