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Christmas Day Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers Vs. Golden State Warriors

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Cleveland Cav’s vs Golden State Warriors

Are we in the midst of witnessing one of the greatest matchups to take the hardwood? The teams reminiscent of the 1980’s Boston Celtics-Los Angeles Lakers rivalry.  In one of the most anticipated matchups of the early season, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors take the court Christmas Day in Cleveland, a rematch of the past two NBA Finals.  Most analyst, and let’s be honest most fans, predict a Finals trilogy between these two juggernauts when it’s all said and done come June.

Not only are these two team’s head and shoulders above the rest of the league, but there are some fun stats that they share heading into Sunday’s matchup. Both teams have won 9 out of their last 10 games, with the Warriors riding a 7 game winning streak. The last time both these teams lost came at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies, granted the Cavs big three did not play, but a loss is a loss. The Warriors are 15-2 on the road and the Cavaliers are 15-2 at home. The last time both these teams played Friday night they had scored 119 points each respectively.

The Warriors strengthen their roster in the offseason by adding superstar Kevin Durant. Durant leads the team in scoring (25.7) points per game and is fitting in quite nicely with his new team.  They boast the best offense in the game leading the league in points per game (117.4) and assists (31.2), which comes to no surprise when you have three guys who can score 30 points in a blink of an eye. Not only are they doing it on the offensive end, they are getting it done on the defensive end as well as being one of the top defensive teams in the league. Steve Kerr has his team clicking on all cylinders in the early season boasting the best record in the entire NBA at 27-4. Picking up right where they left off last regular season, where they won an NBA record 73 games.

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The Cavaliers haven’t skipped a beat since last year’s epic Finals where they came back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA title.  Thanks in large part to Kevin Love who is having his best year with the Cavs averaging a double double (21.9/10.8) and becoming the focal point of the Cavaliers offense.  The Cavaliers go into the contest ranked 4th in the league in points per game (110.9) and 2nd in the league in made 3 pointers (374).  However, they are missing their 3-point specialist JR Smith, who is now out 12-14 weeks with a broken thumb.  The Cavaliers are no strangers to injuries over the past few years, but they have always maintained the next man up mentality and young guys like Deandre Liggins has stepped up in the starting role nicely.


Even though it is just a regular season matchup, Quicken Loans Arena will be as loud or even louder than the last time these two teams met during game 6 of the Finals in June. Don’t necessarily watch the match ups of the big 3.  Pay attention to the new guys in this match up.  Let’s see how they play in a big game and if they can rise to the occasion. This is the matchup that everyone was been waiting for all season, so buckle up and enjoy!