LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are the first team to advance to the 2016 NBA Finals with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors still set to battle in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday.
Days after the Cavs beat the Toronto Raptors in Game 6, there are speculations that state that LeBron James and company prefer that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s side win over Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Most NBA fans want to see a LeBron James vs. Stephen Curry, Cavaliers vs. Warriors rematch in the NBA Finals after Golden State beat a depleted Cleveland team in last season’s championship series. The Warriors beat the Cavaliers in six games but LeBron’s side missed Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, who played in just one game, due to injuries.
However, many NBA analysts observe that the Warriors are the more dangerous team against the Cavaliers if they meet in the NBA Finals. The Warriors own homecourt advantage over the Cavaliers while the Thunder will be the “road team” in the finals because of a worse record than LeBron’s team in the regular season.
The Cavaliers are also 0-2 in the regular season against the Warriors. In two meetings this year, the Warriors beat the Cavaliers, 89-83 at Golden State on Christmas Day and the Warriors beat the Cavaliers in an embarrassing 132-98 blowout at Cleveland on Jan. 18.
LeBron James, while with the Miami Heat, beat Durant’s OKC in the 2012 NBA Finals. The Cavaliers also beat the Thunder twice this year, 104-100 at Cleveland on Dec. 17 and 115-92 blowout at OKC on Feb. 21.
LeBron James and the Cavaliers are motivated to meet the Warriors again in the NBA Finals because of the “revenge factor” after getting beat last year. However, they appear to be a bad match-up against the defending champions based on their recent meetings.
But the Cavaliers are also playing very well in the postseason losing just two games so far in the 2016 NBA Playoffs. LeBron James being scared of Stephen Curry and the Warriors could all be just speculations but the stats and recent match-up say that the Thunder are the easier opponents for Cleveland in the 2016 NBA Finals.
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