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NBA Finals Staff Picks: Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Jaime Villegas

By Jaime Villegas

June 4, 2015

The first round of the NBA Finals start today and greatness is expected from both the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers as they kick-off the 2015 NBA Finals!

Whether you’re rooting for the Cavs to win their first NBA Championship in franchise history, or for the Warriors to cap off their impressive season with their first title in 40 years, there are plenty of reasons to tune in.

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Beginner’s Luck?

Stephen Curry won the Most Valuable Player Award after leading the Warriors to an NBA 67-15 record, and now the Golden State Warriors are four wins away from the NBA title. Before this year, the last player to win MVP AND play in his first NBA Finals in the same season was Allen Iverson in 2001!

The players aren’t the only ones with big 1st’s. Both rookie head coaches, Steve Kerr and David Blatt have led their teams to The Finals in their first season as NBA head coach, it’s the second time in NBA history that rookie head coaches have met in the NBA Finals.

Fresh Faces

This series is the first time that any of the 15 players on the Warrior’s active roster will play in the NBA Finals. The Cavs have had 18 combined NBA Finals appearances. The biggest question remains, what role will Championship experience play in the NBA Finals?

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Long Live the King

LeBron James will be playing his fifth, yes I said fifth, consecutive NBA Finals. His last four appearances were while playing with Miami Heat. In the last 50 years, no other player has played in The Finals for five consecutive years. LeBron is one of five players with at least 20 Finals games played to average at least 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists in those games. The other four players are a part of NBA royalty: Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Larry Bird, and Kobe Bryant. If the Cavaliers win the NBA Finals, LeBron would also have the accomplishment of leading them to their first Championship.

Top Two

Stephen Curry and LeBron James are the top two scorers in the 2015 playoffs among players whose teams played more than one round, 29.2 points per game, and 27.6 respectively. This will also be the first time since the 2001 Finals that the two leading scorers in the playoffs will meet in the championship round. Sounds like it’ll be quite the match-up!

Road Warriors

It’s known that if you want to win an NBA Championship you ultimately have win on the road. The Cavaliers do not own the home court advantage in this series, but they have been very good on the road in the post-season. The Cavaliers and Warriors have both dropped just one game at home in the post-season.

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The Golden State Warriors are back in The Finals for the first time in 40 years, while Cleveland Cavaliers attempt to claim a title for a city that hasn’t had a major pro sports champion since 1964. So whether you’re on Team LeBron or Team Curry, whether your favorite sharpshooter is Klay Thompson or J.R. Smith, whether you prefer a quick pace with lots of shooting from long range or lock-down defense in the half court, this year’s NBA Finals promises to deliver everything you could ever want and more!

In good ol’ fashioned office rivalry, here are some of QuintEvents’ staff picks on who we believe will take home the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. One of these teams is just four games away from glory! Do you agree with our picks? Who do you want to see take home the trophy?


Staff

Pick

Reason Why

QuintEvents StaffVictoria

Golden State

"I don't like LeBron, obviously."

QuintEvents StaffMark

Golden State

"Curry Power!"

image5Tiffany

Cleveland

"I'm All In!"

image7Kelsey

Cleveland

"Beacuse Tiff likes Cleveland."

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Golden State

"#SplashBrothers"

image2Kristen

Golden State

"I love Steph Curry's daughter, Riley."

(Check out this Riley Curry montage and you'll see why!)

image8Allison

Golden State

"Because Golden State sounds like a buffet restaurant."

image3Jaime

Golden State

"#CurryPower, duh!"