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Golden State and Cleveland are the first teams to meet in the NBA Finals in three consecutive seasons.

The Golden State Warriors made history on Monday night with their 129-115 win over the San Antonio Spurs, becoming the first NBA team ever to open the playoffs 12-0. With their sweep of the Spurs, the Warriors are in the NBA Finals for a third consecutive season, and will have homecourt advantage.

The best-of-seven NBA Finals will begin on June 1 at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Golden State will host the Cleveland Cavaliers, who disp

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Why won’t anyone consider these very important, totally serious stats when arguing LeBron vs. Jordan?!

Has LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan? It’s a debate that has been raging over the past week now that James is headed to his seventh straight NBA Finals, a series that could potentially give him the fourth championship of his career. While he would still be two shy of Jordan, James and his overall body of work is growing more and more convincing.

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For only the third time, the NBA Finals will feature seven players who made the All-Star team in the same season.

In ESPN.com's preseason #NBArank, the NBA's top three players were LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. A tier or two below were Draymond Green (14th), Kyrie Irving (15th) and Klay Thompson (16th) clustered closely together with Kevin Love (28th) not far behind them.

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Everywhere from the Las Vegas sportsbooks to ESPN's Basketball Power Index to even LeBron James' framing of the 2017 NBA Finals has the Cleveland Cavaliers as heavy underdogs against the Golden State Warriors.

But Kevin Love doesn't buy it.

"The whole underdog thing is funny to me, because, yeah, at the end of the day we are defending our title," Love said Saturday after the Cavs' first practice in preparation for the Warriors since clinching a spot in the Finals.

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LeBron James has had an outstanding run in the 2017 NBA playoffs -- significantly "flipping the switch" and playing at a level well above where he performed during the regular season.

He is scoring more efficiently, getting to the line more often and committing fewer turnovers on the offensive end. On defense, as the youngsters say, LeBron is crushing it. His defensive rebounding percentage is up 3 percent, his steal rate is up 44 percent and his block percentage has nearly doubled.

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