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The Cavaliers and Warriors begin their NBA Finals rematch on Thursday from Oracle Arena at 9:00 PM ET. Tune into the game on ABC, WTAM 1100 or 87.7 FM La Mega. FOX Sports Ohio will carry both pre and postgame coverage, with the pregame show starting at 7:30 PM ET.
Cleveland is an NBA-best 12-2 (.857) this postseason, which includes a 5-2 (.714) record on the road.
Through the first three rounds, the Cavs have outscored opponents by a combined 177 points (1,497-1,320), which is tied with the 1985 Lakers for the 2nd-
biggest margin entering the NBA Finals. The biggest through three rounds is +180 by the 1987 Lakers. (Elias Sports Bureau)
In what expects to be a high scoring matchup, among the 16 playoff teams, Cleveland ranks 2nd at 106.9 points per game and is undefeated at 12-0 when scoring 100 points or more this postseason.
Not only are the Wine and Gold hitting on all cylinders offensively, but they are also putting in the dirty work defensively and on the glass.
Defensively, the Wine and Gold have allowed 94.3 points per game, which include holding foes to under 100 points in 11 of their 14 games this postseason.
The Cavs are outrebounding opponents, 43.0 to 37.1 (+5.9), the 2nd-biggest differential among all 16 postseason teams.
After a historic regular season which saw them record an NBA record 73 wins, the Golden State Warriors have had to battle their way through the Western Conference.
The Warriors have posted a 12-5 record during the 2016 Playoffs and had to come back from a 3-1 deficit to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the West Finals to advance to their second straight NBA Finals.
LeBron James is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has started at the small forward and power forward positions. James has won two NBA championships (2012, 2013), four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013), two NBA Finals MVP Awards (2012, 2013), two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012), an NBA scoring title (2008), and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award (2004). He has also been selected to 12 NBA All-Star teams, 12 All-NBA teams, and six All-Defensive teams, and is the Cavaliers’ all-time leading scorer.
James played high school basketball at St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, where he was highly promoted in the national media as a future NBA superstar. After graduating, he was selected with the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Cavaliers. James led Cleveland to the franchise’s first Finals appearance in 2007, losing to the San Antonio Spurs. In 2010, he left the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in a highly publicized ESPN special titled The Decision. James played four seasons for the Heat, reaching the Finals all four years and winning back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, he led Miami on a 27-game winning streak, the third longest in league history. Following his final season with the Heat, James opted out of his contract and re-joined the Cavaliers. Behind his leadership, Cleveland advanced to the Finals before losing to the Golden State Warriors.
Off the court, James has accumulated considerable wealth and fame from numerous endorsement deals. His public life has been the subject of much scrutiny, and he has been ranked as one of America’s most influential and popular athletes. He has been featured in books, documentaries, and television commercials, has hosted the ESPY Awards and Saturday Night Live, and starred in the 2015 film Trainwreck.
Wardell Stephen “Steph” Curry II is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Many players and analysts have called him the greatest shooter in NBA history. In 2014–15, Curry won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award and led the Warriors to their first championship since 1975. The following season, he became the first player in NBA history to be elected MVP by a unanimous vote and to lead the league in scoring while shooting above 50–40–90. That same year, the Warriors broke the record for the most wins in an NBA season.
Curry is the son of former NBA player Dell and older brother of current NBA player Seth. He played college basketball for Davidson. There, he was twice named Southern Conference Player of the Year and set the all-time scoring record for both Davidson and the Southern Conference. During his sophomore year, he also set the single-season NCAA record for three-pointers made.
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