It’s the biggest feud in the NBA and it’s made for some great highlights. The Cleveland Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors for the third consecutive NBA Finals. Before Game 1’s tip off, look at this rivalry’s best moments – from Kyrie Irving’s Game 7 shot to all the trash talk.
The 3-1 comeback started with 82-points. The Cleveland Cavaliers will step into the Oracle Arena on June 1 to meet the Golden State Warriors for the first game of the 2017 NBA Finals. While they’ll be focused on defending their NBA championship, they enter the Finals as underdogs. Yikes. If they need any motivation to win, all they have to do is remember Game 5 of the 2016 Finals. With the Cavs down 3-1 and on the verge of elimination, LeBron James, 32, and Kyrie Irving, 25, teamed up to rack up 41 points each, according to USA Today. The 82-point effort from these two kicked off the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history.
Kyrie brings the Championship to Cleveland. Though LeBron was named the finals MVP, it was Kyrie who drove the dagger into the hearts of Dubs fans everywhere. In the climatic Game 7 of the 2016 Finals, the score was tied at 89 with less than a minute to go. Kyrie, after a slight hesitation, launched a three-point shot over the head of Steph Curry, 29. Cleveland would keep Golden State from scoring and ultimately, the Cavs would claim Cleveland’s first major sports championship in over 50 years.
"All I was thinking at the end of the game was mamba mentality." – Kyrie pic.twitter.com/ooQFNc9X2w
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) June 20, 2016
Steph Curry makes a deadly crossover. A year before Kyrie’s shot secured the title for Cleveland, Steph did something similar for Golden State. Steph woke up in Game 5 of the 2015 Finals, going for 37 points with 13-of-23 shooting. The series was tied 2-2 before the match started, but after Steph pulled off a sick crossover on Matthew Dellavedova, 26, to sink a 3-pointer. While there was one more game to win after the 104-91 Game 5 victory, the series was practically over after Steph’s shot went into the net.
Klay Thompson uses his words while Draymond Green uses his fists. All’s fair in love and basketball, right? Well, the Warriors found out the hard way that if they bring the fight to the Cavs, they better be prepared for a war. Draymond Green, 27, talked some trash to LeBron during Game 4 of the 2016 Finals, and after hearing that King James didn’t like it, Klay Thompson, 27, said it was “a man’s league” and LeBron should suck it up. LeBron, as mentioned before, score 41 points in the next game, per Fox Sports.
Speaking of Game 4, that was when Golden State practically handed Cleveland the championship, courtesy of Draymond’s fists. After he and LeBron got tangled up in an on-court collision, King James tried to step over Draymond. Green responded by swinging his hand at LeBron’s groin. Draymond was given his fourth flagrant foul, triggering an automatic one-game suspension. He sat out Game 5, allowing the Cavs to rally.
Draymon Green in nasıl ORROSPU ÇOCUĞU olduğuna bir de bu videodan bakalım https://t.co/TIGX7KgqzS
— #Yirmiüç (@KeremmmmCan) May 29, 2017
Curry gets his 6th foul, throws mouthpiece at a fan, snaps at the ref & then apologizes to the fan pic.twitter.com/uhSTYC5twV
— NBA RETWEET (@RTNBA) June 17, 2016
Steph Curry loses his cool – and his mouthpiece. When it looked like Cleveland was going to fight its way back from a 3-1 deficit in 2016, no one was more frustrated than Steph Curry. During Game 6, Steph racked up his sixth four late in the fourth quarter. He angrily whipped out his mouthpiece and threw it into the stands, hitting the son of one of the Cavs’ minority owners. Curry was handed a technical foul and ejected for the first time in his career. If Steph wants to claim the 2017 NBA championship, he better keep his feelings – and mouth guards – in check.
What was your favorite moment between these two teams, HollywoodLifers? Who do you want to win the 2017 NBA Finals?