It’s one of the most anticipated games in the history of the sport, the 2016 NBA Finals. It’s the much-awaited game of the season, the judgement day for the two warring kingdoms: the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It all seemed over when the Golden State Warriors took a commanding 3-1 series lead, but LeBron James has led an inspired effort to bring back the Cavaliers from the brink of collapse, and make it just one win away from the prestigious NBA Championship.
The Game 7 is no ordinary NBA Finals game, it goes much deeper than just the matchup between the two best teams in the NBA today. If the Cavaliers win today, it would not just win the NBA title, it would also make NBA history. No team in the history of NBA has ever recovered from that kind of huge deficit to come back from death and win a Finals series.
The 2016 NBA Finals was rich in storylines when it opened more than two weeks ago and today’s Game 7 sets up one of the single richest NBA game in the history of sports entertainment.
LeBron James and the Cavaliers have returned to court with the hopes of breaking the ‘Cleveland curse’, a 52-year long championship drought for the City of Cleveland. In addition to breaking the “Cleveland curse”, the Cavaliers are hoping to settle the score after losing last year’s NBA Finals to the Warriors.
The four-time NBA MVP looks to be at the top of his game, which averaged 30.2 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 8.5 assists per game during this series and has the shot to win his third NBA title. But Game 7 is no ordinary game for James, it a dos or dies game for Cleveland, a climax time.
James would face an uphill battle in the last game of the series, the Golden State Warriors earned the right to host Game 7 of the NBA Finals on their home court at Oracle Arena. This mean that the Warriors has this what they called “a home court advantage”.
The Warriors went 73-9 in the regular season, and despite some roadblocks and challenges throughout the postseason, they’re in the position to win their second-straight NBA championship.
But the Warriors has one big problem in this last game of the series, the Warriors will play the Cavaliers without their starting Australian centre, Andrew Bogut, who just suffered serious bone bruising to his left knee.
For King James and the Cavaliers to come away as victors in the series, they’ll need a more inspired play from James, along with Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson.
For Warriors, they need to rely on their ‘Strength in Numbers’ mantra, Curry alone won’t make “a killing” in the court, this is the last game of the season and it’s all about the NBA championship.
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