Hey, someone new will win a title!
After three decades of, in no particular order, Spurs, Lakers, Celtics, Heat, Mavericks,
The Cleveland Cavaliers have never won an NBA championship in 45 years of existence and Golden State hasn't won since 1975.
Current most valuable player
The regular-season matchup won't provide much insight — the teams split two games almost evenly.
Golden State, masterful at home with a 46-3 record, won a January game against Cleveland, 112-94, thanks to 24 points from
Cleveland won at home in February, 110-99, as James scored 42 points and Curry had only 18 on five-for-17 shooting.
Here's a closer look at the Cavaliers-Warriors matchup:
Kyrie Irving is great for the Cavaliers, a rising star stopped recently only by knee tendinitis.
Versatile Warriors forward
Yawn. An afterthought on both teams.
Andre Iguodala is a reserve for the Warriors, effective in so many facets it's hard to believe he comes off the bench. But he does. Smith can score in bunches for Cleveland, but the only other reserve of note is the team irritant, Matthew Dellavedova.
Two NBA rookies! Cleveland's David Blatt has mismanaged games, almost calling a timeout he didn't have earlier in the playoffs, and quelled rumors about locker-room instability during an uneven 2-10 stretch of the regular season. Golden State's Steve Kerr has had to quell only the desire to analyze games on TV after doing it well for so many years.
The Warriors' fan base is tough to top, and the franchise seems like a team of destiny after so many fruitless seasons. Cleveland has appeared in the Finals only once, in 2007, and deserves something for almost half a century of mediocrity, but the Warriors seem just a little more special.
PICK: Warriors in six games.