By: Adam Alexander
For the third straight year, it’s LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. This may be the biggest, “I told you so” Vegas has ever seen! If that fact, and the fact that pretty much EVERYONE knew this is what it would be, again, have you bored, Sportingnews.com put together some FACTS you may find interesting!
Here are 10 interesting facts on the series:
1. The Warriors enter the Finals with a perfect 12-0 record so far this postseason. They’re the first team to accomplish that feat since the NBA switched to its current playoff format in 2003. The 1988-89 and 2000-01 L.A. Lakers teams also entered the Finals undefeated, with 11-0 records. The Cavs are 12-1 in the postseason.
2. This is the fourth time the Cavaliers have reached the NBA Finals, but all have come in the past decade. They defeated the Warriors last season after losing their first two appearances, in 2007 against the San Antonio Spurs and in 2015 against the Warriors.
3. This is the first time the same two teams have faced off in three consecutive NBA Finals. If Cleveland wins, it’d be the 12th time in NBA history that a team has won consecutive NBA titles! It was the 2009-10 Lakers were the last to do it.
4. The Warriors have not lost a game with their ‘Big Four’ of Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green since February 28th. In that February 28th loss, Durant was injured 93 seconds into the first quarter.
5. The Warriors are 27-1 in their last 28 games.
6. The Cavs may be the reigning champs, but they’re also the underdogs. FiveThirtyEight.com has the Warriors’ odds of winning the title at 90%. Of course, the day before the Presidential Election, that same site had Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning almost that high.
7. Everyone may be watching LeBron and Durant, but the key match-up may be Kyrie Irving vs. Curry. Kyrie had the edge across the board in last year’s Finals.
8. Cleveland and Golden State have met 19 times since the start of the 2014-15 regular season, including their two NBA Finals match-ups. Golden State has won 11 of those 19 games, outscoring Cleveland by an average of 103.6 to 97.3 in those games. The teams split the two regular-season games this season, with the home team winning both times.
9. LeBron James and Steph Curry rank first and second in NBA Finals history in 3-pointers made. LeBron has 68 and Curry has 57.
10. Remember when everyone was saying Kevin Love was an awkward fit on the Cavs? He’s now on track to become first player to average 10 rebounds per game, shoot 45% from 3-point range, and make 20-plus threes in an NBA postseason.