When: Thursday, June 4, 9 pm EST (ABC)
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
We've made it! We survived a week-plus without basketball and now here we are. The two best teams in the NBA face off for basketball supremacy, as LeBron James looks to complete a fairy tale homecoming story against the baby-faced killer that is Stephen Curry.
It can be argued that Curry and James are the two faces of the league right now (maybe even Curry moreso after his MVP season, and his daughter taking over the Internet), and seeing those two go at it some should be reason enough to tune in.
This is the first team since the league's inaugural season (1946-47) that rookie head coaches meet in the Finals. Either Steve Kerr or David Blatt will become the first rookie head coach to win an NBA title since Pat Riley led the Los Angeles Lakers to the promised land in 1982.
And as much fun as the two headlining stars are, there are plenty of underappreciated sidekicks for both teams that have helped get them to this point. The emergence of Draymond Green as a versatile defender has been a godsend for the Warriors, and he will play a key role in this series as he will most likely be defending LeBron James. At the same time, Tristan Thompson has really come into his own in the playoffs, and has been a key force for Cleveland down low. And we would be remiss if we did not mention the anchors down low for both teams: Andrew Bogut and Timofey Mozgov (who has an amazing hype rap video).
Next are the injured sidekicks — Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving. Thompson suffered a concussion in the Warriors' last game, but has been cleared to play in Game 1, while Irving's status remains unclear thanks to knee tendinitis (though the Cavaliers have been playing just fine without him or Kevin Love).
And then there's Andre Iguodala, Matthew Dellavedova, Harrison Barnes, J.R. Smith, and I really could go on and on and on and on at this point.
It will also be interesting to see how desperate the fans are for a title. The Warriors have not won the NBA title since 1975, while the entire city of Cleveland has been begging and craving for a championship in their city since the dawn of time (or 1948, same difference).
Anyway, get your basketball buddies together and pull up a chair, because...