Why the Cleveland Cavaliers will win the NBA Finals

Virginia Santiago
May 30, 2018

The odds are longer than a Stephen Curry 3-pointer, Kevin Durant's wingspan or Draymond Green's catalog of technical fouls.

As favourites to win back-to-back titles, the defending champions were expected to make it back to the finals but the same can't be said of the Cavs.

Hamilton coached James Jones when the two were at the University of Miami, and he coached Okaro White when he played at FSU.

There's only one person in National Basketball Association history who can say they've beaten the Boston Celtics twice in a game seven.

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With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not miss.

The Warriors will begin the defense of their 2017 championship on Thursday when they host Cleveland in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Love left Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals after colliding with Jayson Tatum and didn't play in Cleveland's Game 7 win over the Boston Celtics. They were -220 in 2015 (when they won in six games), -220 again in 2016 (when they lost in seven), and -300 past year (when they won in five). Why do we insult and belittle either LeBron's or Jordan's accomplishments just because we consider their opposite the greatest of all-time? That person is Lebron James and that should be good enough for the Los Angeles Lakers to pursue him in free agency.

After the Cavaliers stunned the Boston Celtics in Game 7 on Sunday night, the Warriors did the same to the Houston Rockets one night later, rallying from an 11-point halftime deficit to claim the 101-92 win and set up another chapter in the NBA's best rivalry.

Golden State rallied in both Game 6 and Game 7, as Paul looked on helplessly. Maybe more than the style of play is who is executing it and the Rockets just didn't have the shooters the Warriors do. He was injured in the final moments of Game 5. James excelled as usual, and his supporting cast, including J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson, George Hill, gave just enough help to win.

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For what it's worth, Las Vegas lists the Cavs as +650 underdogs for the series, making them the biggest Finals underdogs since the then-New Jersey Nets in 2002 as well as the biggest of any LeBron James-led Finals team (per ESPN).

Since the Warriors signed Durant before last season, they have dominated the Cavaliers (and pretty much every other team in the league).

Cleveland was only 50-32 this season. But he was eliminated in the playoffs by James before he was with the Warriors, and that grudge could still be there to this day.

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