The time is now upon us! The big time matchup is on the horizon between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. This is the matchup which seemed to be pretty much inevitable all season. All NBA fans worldwide will get to see a rematch of the 2015 NBA Finals which the Golden State Warriors won 4 games to 2. However, the outcome could be a lot different his time for a few reasons. Stephen Curry won his back to back MVP award this season but he sprained his MCL at the beginning of this year’s playoff run. He has been playing very well as of late. He scored 36 points during Golden State’s game 7 series clinching victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. There have been some questions whether he is at 100% or not. The injury he sustained can be a little tricky and flare up but Steph will fight through whatever pain comes because this is all stakes on the line. This is the NBA Finals.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking for redemption this NBA Finals run. They lost last season 4 games to 2 and actually had a 2 games to 1 series lead with a chance to go up 3 games to 1 on their home floor. They could not get the job done however and went on to lose 3 games straight and lose the series. Kyrie Irving was lost for the rest of that NBA Finals when he suffered a fractured knee cap on a freak collision with Warriors guard, Klay Thompson. Kevin Love did not play since the first round of the playoffs when he was lost for the rest of the playoff run because of a shoulder injury he sustained due to a seemingly malicious take down by Celtics forward/center Kelly Olynyk. This year both Irving and Love are healthy and the Cavaliers’ big three of James, Love, and Irving are ready to roll. The Cavaliers are actually a deeper team than they were last year with veteran additions of Channing Frye, Richard Jefferson, and Mo Williams. A guy like Mo Williams hasn’t played much in a few months but could be called on for big buckets off the bench if he is needed. Along with other key guys like JR Smith, Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers look like a much deeper and confident team than they were last year. They will be taking their 12-2 playoff record so far into this series and will be looking to seal the deal. We will see if they can do it.

The Golden State Warriors are looking to repeat as NBA Champions and will be looking to be the first team to do some since the 2012 and 2013 Miami Heat. The Warriors are led by of course the current back to back NBA Most Valuable Player, Stephen Curry. Even though Curry is the guy who gets most of the attention this team is very deep and has great players top to bottom. Klay Thompson shoots lights out and put on a classic performance in game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. Draymond Green is a guy that does it all for Warriors. Points, rebounds and assists this guy is close to a triple double on a nightly basis. If these three can play big time they can win the series. They will also need big plays from their supporting cast as well like Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut.

This series has all the makings of being an instant classic. These two teams are evenly matched with big time star power on both sides. This is the matchup the entire basketball world has been waiting for and is sure to live up to the high expectations everyone has for it. Be sure to tune into game 1 of the NBA Finals on ABC at 9pm Eastern Time!

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Lebron James Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James is an enigma. LeBron and I are the same age and we grew up in the same area. NORTHEAST OHIO. We graduated the same year of high school, 2003. I went to Charles F. Brush High School in Lyndhurst, Ohio and LeBron attended St. Vincent St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. I have been following LeBron pretty close since we were probably in 7th or 8th grade. That’s when I first heard of James. I heard about him on the AAU circuit. He was actually dunking back then which is pretty crazy to think about. Think about a middle school kid coming down and dunking on everybody. Crazy to think about right? Well LeBron was doing it. When we got to 9th grade I ended up moving from Columbus, Ohio to Cleveland, Ohio because my mother ended up taking a job in HR with General Electric in Cleveland. I was still following LeBron pretty close and also playing myself. He ended up starting for St. Vincent St. Mary under Coach Keith Dambrot. Dambrot is now Akron University’s head coach. LeBron had an amazing high school career and I really don’t even need to get into that right now. Long story short we all knew LeBron was for sure going to the NBA as the #1 pick in 10th grade. To say LeBron would end up as arguably the best player of all-time. I can’t say that I would’ve thought that would happen. To say LeBron would have made this big of an impact on an entire region I would’ve never imagined. LeBron returning to Northeast Ohio has revitalized us in a way I have never seen anywhere else and I have been all over. I will talk about the resurrection of a Cavaliers franchise, the economic impact on the region, and the future of the Northeast Ohio and LeBron’s place in that.

When James announced that he was returning to Cleveland Cavaliers it instantly brought hope to Northeast Ohio. I have never seen anything like this in my 29 years on this planet. LeBron is ONE MAN and has this much power. Imagine how that just feel for him. Pretty crazy to think about huh? In an instant the Cleveland Cavaliers were considered a favorite to win the Finals this year. LeBron downplayed everything saying that it would take a lot of hard work in and time and it may not happen his first year. However it is now the month of June and the Cavaliers are here, in the NBA Finals. Let’s see if the Cavs and LeBron can get it done. They are only 4 wins away.

The economic impact on the region as a whole is going to be unlike we have ever seen.  The businesses in downtown are beginning to thrive again now that LeBron is back in town. With LeBron comes a sold out Quicken Loans Arena every night. And that creates a trickle down effect from  there. There is now a casino downtown which makes playing for real money in New York state that much more accessible. Dan Gilbert owns it and is doing pretty well might I add. All of the restaurants and bars are now thriving again as well with the return of The King. If he can bring a championship to the city then imagine what is going to happen. PANDEMONIUM.

Lastly, LeBron James has brought a sense of hope and pride to a region that I admit was dying before. A lot of people leave Northeast Ohio to pursue what they think are greener pastures elsewhere. LeBron James even did it himself when he decided to leave all he ever knew and explore a once in a lifetime opportunity to team up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and join the Miami Heat. He had a very successful run in South Florida. He went to four straight finals, winning two of them. He decided that he had a chance to do something really special not only for his own legacy but for Northeast Ohio as a region. And that’s to bring us our first championship.  I truly believe that this is DESTINY and that it will happen this year. Let’s go CAVS. #AllInCle #AllForOne