The Two Best Players In The NBA Battle For Their Place In History
Thursday night, the Warriors host the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals. The Warriors posted the NBA's best record of 67-15, while the Cavs tallied a fairly underwhelming 53-29 mark, in what was a weak Eastern Conference. Both teams breezed through the playoffs, combining for a 24-5 record, which is the best collective clip since the 1991 NBA Finals, when the Lakers took on the Bulls.
The series features 2015 MVP Stephen Curry, who has already set an NBA postseason record with 73 three-point shots made, versus 4-time MVP LeBron James, who is scoring 27.6 points per game during the playoffs. Remarkably, this is LeBron's and teammate James Jones' fifth straight finals. The pair are the first players to play in 5 straight final rounds since members of the 1960's Celtics dynasty. LeBron is making his sixth overall finals appearance, owning a 2-3 record to date.
This will be the Warriors first trip to the finals since 1975 and the Cavaliers first appearance since 2007. The Warriors have won 3 NBA championships, but are looking for their first since 1975. 2 of the franchise's titles occurred when the team was based in Philadelphia, with the '75 crown coming when the team had already moved to its now longtime Bay Area home. The Cavaliers are looking to win their first ever title and the city of Cleveland's first pro sports championship since 1964.
The teams split their 2 regular season matchups, during the 2014-15 campaign.