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NBA Finals Open Thread: Game Six

It's win or go home for Lebron James and the Cavaliers, can he carry his team to a third victory in the series?

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Before the series started I picked the Cleveland Cavaliers to beat the Golden State Warriors in six games. One of the biggest reason was the Cavaliers had Lebron James, the best player in the world, and therefore the series. Typically that team wins over seven games (obviously there are exceptions to this rule, James has been arguably the best player in the world for seven years and won just two championships).

Part of my reasoning was founded on the fact the Warriors didn't operate like a team with a superstar, despite having a legit superstar in Stephen Curry. The team is built on unselfish play, which is one of the primary foundational pillars of the game of basketball. However, when the stakes get higher and the lights brighter, the parts that make up the whole can start to rust. I was nervous that like the Atlanta Hawks, the Warriors system would bend and eventually break under the pressure.

Considering the Cavaliers were a missed game winner from being up 3-0 in this series, I was partly right. Since Game 3, Stephen Curry has been unleashed. The game plan has been to isolate Curry against whoever the Cavaliers decide to guard him. Where he is relatively easy to chase off the ball, he's basically impossible to guard in isolation. The Warriors have embraced their superstar and are one game away from winning a championship as a result.

Personally I think Lebron James gets one more win at home and forces a game seven. What say you?