Why the Cleveland Cavaliers will win the NBA Finals

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In a seven-game series, that translates to the Warriors winning the 2018 National Basketball Association title 96 percent of the time, with a one-in-three chance at a four-game sweep.

According to Marc Spears of The Undefeated, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni says the series goes a bit differently if Paul is available for one last game, but at the same time, Warriors coach Steve Kerr says with Iguodala on the court, the Paul injury would have never come into play.

Hamilton coached James Jones when the two were at the University of Miami, and he coached Okaro White when he played at FSU. It was an absolutely brutal performance against one of the best third quarter teams in the National Basketball Association and it was the difference in the game.

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The Warriors had a little help from the Rockets who couldn't buy a 3-point basket. For the fourth consecutive year, the Golden State Warriors will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

The Golden State Warriors went into the locker room at half down 11 points to the Rockets. It was a triumph for the defending champions in a very unique way, as they've dealt with a series of injuries this year and played their first postseason series as the lower seed in what felt like forever. In the middle of the season, Cleveland essentially blew up their lineup, dumping Isaiah Thomas - the player they obtained for Irving - in a series of trades meant to make the team younger and more agile for a playoff run. He expects to be available for Game 1 of the Finals.

Golden State rallied in both Game 6 and Game 7, as Paul looked on helplessly.

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The Warriors dispatched the Rockets earlier with a fine second half display in Game 7 to book their fourth straight Finals stint.

There is going to have to be a lot of critical discussion around the organization on whether taking 40-50 three pointers, particularly in a game where you are making 15 percent of them, is a good idea. By comparison, coming off their 73-9 regular season, the Warriors entered the 2016 Finals as a -220 favorite - a number almost five times less than the favorite they are now.

Last season's playoff results: Warriors defeated Cavaliers in five games to win the 2017 NBA Finals. Love shot below 40 percent from the field again previous year, averaging 16.0 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. James hit not one but two game-winning buzzer beaters, including one in a pivotal Game 5 in the opening round series against the Indiana Pacers.

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The All-Star point guard was Cleveland's not-so-secret weapon, the one the Cavs turned to in order to spell James and keep the Warriors off-balance.