Why the Warriors will win the NBA Finals

It's just so rare for someone who was sacked in the middle of a contract to end up on a Finals-bound team, while the team he was sacked from also heads to the Finals.

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"Twenty turnovers in the Finals definitely is not going to get it done", said Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving. The Warriors swapped out Harrison Barnes for Kevin Durant last offseason though, and are the favorites entering the series.

The Golden State Warriors took down the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games in the 2015 NBA Finals. Kyrie Irving outplayed Curry in the finals and hit the biggest shot of the series down the stretch in Game 7.

What's different since Cleveland rallied from a 3-1 deficit to stun Golden State a year ago in seven games? The 2017 NBA Finals begin tomorrow on ABC. He was sacked by the Cavs in May 2010, two months before James elected to leave the team and take his talents to South Beach and the Heat. Meanwhile, LeBron James wants to cushion his position as basketball's most unstoppable force while also cementing his legacy.

Which brings us to this year's 2017 NBA Finals, in a matchup that has clearly become a rivalry. The players have a deep rooted loyalty for their franchise, which makes a win all the more important to each individual. "I can't lie", Durant said of his latest trip to the finals compared to his first. Honestly I don't think it'll matter too much to the team.

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"Since I've been in this league, it's hard to get to the playoffs, let alone march all the way to the finals", guard Iman Shumpert said. Or will LeBron James, maybe the best player of all-time (at least the most athletic) pull it off? His coach that year was Mike Brown, who has served as acting coach for the Warriors while Steve Kerr is out following complications from back surgery. James. Who has been to the finals for six years in a row? Still, he didn't miss a game against Cleveland and failed to score 20 points four times.

Strap in, folks, we've got ourselves a rubber match. On defense, stop the Warriors from scoring close in and don't forget to defend them closely at the three-point line and stop them from running.

The game started less with rust and more with both teams looking like they felt the pressure of the moment - there were bad passes, hesitations, and it looked like a Saturday morning rec league game for a few minutes.

Before Game 1, none other than the Golden State's star's mother, Wanda Durant, acknowledged that the relationship between her son and Westbrook, who played together for eight seasons in OKC, "seems a little off-kilter". But I don't know - I just have a feeling that this is Durant's time.

Golden State has looked stronger than ever this postseason, having recorded consecutive four-game sweeps over the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs, becoming the first team in National Basketball Association history to reach the Finals with a 12-0 record.

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