OAKLAND >> So what if the Warriors and Cavaliers basically turned the NBA regular-season and conference playoffs into a seven-month play-date?
They’re through the prologue. The real show is about to start, picking up right where they left it — Oracle Arena, where the Cavaliers won Game 7 and the 2016 championship, a year after the Warriors won the 2015 title in on Cleveland’s home court.
I believe you recall of that and you know that everything lasting about this season will be defined by what takes place between these two teams in the Finals, starting with Game 1 at Oracle on Thursday.
This is what happens when two all-time assemblages of Hall of Fame talent happen to exist simultaneously, in separate conferences, dwarfing all others and inevitably marching towards each other into the NBA Finals again, it just so happens for an unprecedented third consecutive time this year.
If you yawned through the Warriors’ record-breaking 12-0 sprint through the Western Conference, and doubly-so at the Cavaliers’ 12-1 trot through the East, well, you probably won’t be dozing when LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and their teammates tip it off next week.
These are two teams that have been in the limelight for many years now, have split the last two championships, singularly measure themselves against each other, and understand that when they play each other in the Finals it’s instantly monumental.
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