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Jun 4, 2015
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We’ve waited for it all season long, and now the NBA Finals is about to commence. It’s great, isn’t it? You know what's even greater? The Basketball Gods has blessed us with a fantastic match-up between two tough teams with future Hall of Famers as captains. Watching the Golden State Warriors, led by current MVP Stephen Curry versus four-time MVP LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers will surely be one wild ride.

We can't wait. So to make these last pre-tipoff hours bearable for every fellow NBA fan, we have here a grand roundup of all things Finals-related. This big championship series blowout ensures you're as well-informed as possible as you hop aboard this NBA Finals train, so hop in, bro!


KLAY CLEARED TO PLAY

If healthy, Klay could be quite the thorn in
the Cavs' championship aspirations.

After getting concussed by a flying knee courtesy of the Houston Rockets' Trevor Ariza in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, the notion that Thompson might miss the Finals arose. Well, that’s old news, the doctors have given Klay the A-OK and Steph’s Splash brother is ready to play. We could just feel the warm air touching our napes as #DubNation breathed a sigh of relief.

Read more about it here.


KYRIE IRVING, STILL NOT AT 100 PERCENT

Or could it be a ploy to get the Warriors to go easy?

The Cavs coaching staff has not allowed the 2011 first overall pick go hard at practice due to his knee ailment. It looks like Kyrie is turning into his Uncle Drew persona for real as he continues to hurt from tendinitis in his left knee. If Irving’s woes continue, LeBron will have to play out of his mind for Cleveland to bag the trophy.    

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KEVIN LOVE STILL UNFIT TO PLAY, SAYS WILL RETURN NEXT SEASON AS A CAVALIER

"More bicep curls, now!"

It looks like K-Love won’t take part in the action of the Finals as he’s still nursing his surgically repaired left shoulder. He has said though that he would still be part of the Cleveland roster next season after his contract expires this year. The All-Star power forward’s intent to stick with the Cavaliers will either turn out to be a good development or an unnecessary one, depending on the outcome of the championship and how well Tristan Thompson will play. 

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AKRON ZOO JAGUAR PICKS THE NBA FINALS WINNER

Taking a page out of the World Cup’s Oracle Octopus, an Akron Zoo let a Jaguar named Naom predict who’ll be the NBA champ. With two balls, one representing Cleveland and the other Golden State, placed inside the ferocious feline‘s cage, the spheroid that the big cat plays with would be considered her pick. So what’s her prediction? Let’s just say he didn’t let the folks of Akron, Ohio down.  

Read more about it here.


CHARLES BARKLEY SAYS CAVS WILL WIN IN SIX

Always believe a man who's beaten Godzilla one-on-one.  

Aside from LeBron’s dominance, the legendary power forward also cited the toughness of the Cavs backcourt and strength of Cleveland’s interior as he picked the Cavs to win in six games. Sir Charles is a known hater of the modern game (the three point-shot oriented offense with less post plays), so no surprise here.  

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SHAQ AND KENNY PICK CHEF CURRY TO WIN FINALS MVP

"Okay, Shaq, we'll believe your prediction if you
can shoot a long-range... Fine, nevermind."

Buzzfeed visited TNT’s basketball analysts Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith to ask for their opinions on different basketball topics including the NBA Finals. The two hoop legends had different takes on the subjects presented to them but were in agreement that it would be Steph Curry who’ll win the Bill Russell trophy. By picking Curry to be this year’s Finals MVP, Shaq and Kenny are practically saying that they’re favoring the Dubs to win it all. A few questions later, chaos ensued.

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PBA STARS WEIGH IN

Popular PBA personalities such as Mark Caguioa, Terrence Romeo, Jimmy Alapag, JunMar Fajardo, our favorite hoops-strategist (in more ways than one) Coach Yeng Guiao, and many more have given their thoughts and made their picks regarding the Warriors and the Cavs’ last dance. One idea that was common in all their statements, though, was that LeBron is a demon on the basketball court.

Here are a few predictions that we thought stood out:

“Cleveland kasi parang ano lang sila, solid. Kasi alam mo naman si LeBron parang halimaw kaya parang mahirap i-match up. Siguro hanggang Game Seven.”
– Danny Ildefonso

“I'm leaning towards Golden State. Maraming Pilipino dun sa San Francisco eh... So andun 'yung sentimental [pick]. I think its balance is better than Cleveland. Golden State in six or seven games.”
– Coach Yeng Guiao

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“If I have to pick between the two, I'm going Cavs. History says it's always tough for a team to be on their first Finals, and LeBron's been there fifth time in a row so I'd say Cleveland in six.”
– Jimmy Alapag

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NBA GAMETIME HOSTS PICK THE WARRIORS IN SEVEN

Former Orlando Magic three-ball specialist Dennis Scott and NBA’s resident analyst Rick Kamla joined the pack of basketball pundits who believe the Warriors are going pull off the big win. Although, they believe the Cavs are as tough as nails, the GameTime duo is counting on the Dubs’ dynamic duo, a.k.a. the Splash Brothers, to get the job done.

Watch it here. 


LEBRON FEELS HE'S AT HIS BEST RIGHT NOW

...and is looking to do more things like this.

We’ve seen LeBron do great things before but we’ve never seen him with the kind of Jordanesque focus and confidence that he’s had this postseason. Basically, 'Bron agrees with our observation.

''I think if you put it all together, yeah,'' LeBron said. ''If you put everything together as far as my mind, my body, my game. If you put everything in one bottle, this is probably the best I've been.''

Those are the King’s words; he is at his best right now, that’s like Hercules on PEDs. Golden State, you better take notice!                               

Read more about it here.


As we’ve scoured the internet clean for updates regarding the NBA Finals, one thing we've noticed is that a majority of basketball pundits are siding with the Dubs to win the Larry O’Brien Championship trophy. The large number of experts picking Steph and his super friends over LeBron and company is a humongous vote of confidence if you’re putting money on the Warriors. But if you’re a Cavs supporter, it just adds more fuel to the fire—a fire waiting to engulf Cleveland-doubters completely. 

Bring Michael Buffer in so these teams can start rumbling already!

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