It will not be a Merry Christmas for either NBA Champions Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors as they are set on a collision course on Christmas Day.
It will be a totally new environment as LeBron James together with his crew is set to test Stephen Curry with Kevin Durant this time as a teammate.
ESPN’s Marc Stein broke out the story first citing sources stating that the NBA hopes to capitalize on high ratings on Christmas Day with the Cavaliers-Warriors game. It was stated that last year it was the Warriors who had a scheduled match at home during Christmas and this will be an incentive for the Cavaliers this year.
For the second straight year, it'll be Cavs vs Warriors on Christmas Day! This time in Cleveland where the title is!
— LeBron's Witnesses (@kinglbj_23) August 9, 2016
Aside the much-awaited rematch of last season’s finals, NBA fans are very much eager to see the anticipated match that will see Durant heading to Oklahoma to face Russell Westbrook and the Thunder.
Durant will first meet Westbrook and the gang on Nov. 3 with the Warriors hosting the Thunder and will surely be one for the ratings as well.
After that, Durant will visit Oklahoma to face the Thunder on Feb. 11 next year. It will surely be a hostile crowd that awaits Durant, who played his first nine years with the team since he was drafted back in 2007 by then Seattle Supersonics.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 8, 2016
For Durant, it is all business as he has to play his part with the Warriors’ system under head coach Steve Kerr. The Warriors are hoping to avenge their last season’s finals loss while James together with the Cavaliers is gunning for a repeat performance.
The Cavaliers managed to pull off a stunning 3-1 finals comeback to pull a complete upset beating the Warriors in the series that gave Cleveland its first franchise NBA title in 46 years.
The match will be important for James and the rest of the Cavaliers will be out to prove that their championship victory was no fluke.
The Warriors are coming in strong next season as they managed to snag Durant from the Thunder. He teams up with Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. They are the team to watch for this season and as early as now are considered favorites to win the title.
But on Christmas Day, the Cavaliers will host the powerhouse Warriors squad hoping to give them another rude awakening like they did in the previous championship series.
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