Why a 'boring' Cavs-Warriors rematch isn't a disaster for the National Basketball Association

Sherman Parsons
May 30, 2018

But after the final buzzer sounded and the Warriors had eliminated the Rockets in Game 7, D'Antoni approached superstar Kevin Durant.

For the fourth straight year, the NBA Finals will feature the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

ESPN averaged 13.3 million viewers for Cleveland's Game 7 victory over Boston on Sunday, its second-best number ever behind only Miami's clinching victory over Boston in 2012. The Warriors trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half of Game 7, before mounting a comeback.

Although a Rockets-Cavaliers matchup may have been more interesting, it's likely that at least 20 million fans will watch Thursday evening to see if LeBron can carry his team against the Warriors' squad of future Hall of Famers. "They have the best player in the world". The Cavaliers, meanwhile, limped through the season after trading Kyrie Irving, then needed seven games to beat both the Pacers and the severely undermanned Celtics in the playoffs. He's going up against a great team with FOUR superb players. First, Jason Lloyd of The Athletic and later Mark Medina of The Mercury News joins to break down the NBA Finals. According to NBA.com, the Rockets shot just 1-for-16 on three-pointers considered "open" or when a defender is four to six feet away from the shooter.

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In order to do that, they'll have to keep many of their core roster together to make another run.

Las Vegas bookmakers don't like the chances of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers as they get set to take on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season. They can win without him, but it certainly makes it tougher. Paul, a nine time all-star, owns career numbers of 18.7 ppg and 9.8 assists. He woke up in the second half of Game 7 along with the rest of his teammates, though, and will get a shot at a second consecutive National Basketball Association title. Jake Madison (@NolaJake) and John Karalis (@RedsArmy_John) preview the series and try and figure out a way the Cavs can win.Learn more about your ad choices.

But having come so far this year, the Rockets are determined to bounce back next season and go one better.

LeBron James and Steph Curry will go head-to-head once again for the prestigious title, with the Cavs seeking revenge after the Warriors' triumph in 2017.

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