NBA Finals set to cure superfight woes
GOLDEN State hosts the enemy in the first two matches of the 2015 NBA Finals, which this early has sharply divided experts and fans all over the world.
Game 1 is scheduled at the Oracle Arena in bay-area California on June 4 (Friday, June 5 in Manila).
With the usual 2-2-1-1-1 format, Cleveland, hoping to steal one away from home, plays in its own court only on June 9, after Game 2 in Golden State.
So keen is the rivalry that majority of NBA enthusiasts swear they would not be surprised if the Finals go the full route for a Game 7 showdown on June 19.
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Focus, of course, is on two main stars: big, mighty, speedy LeBron James and the smaller, sharper and magically quick Stephen Curry.
It could be a little exaggerated, but there are those who offer the possibility of a David vs Goliath scenario, although this should apply only to the respective sizes of James and Curry.
Curry will be in just his first NBA Finals, but his squad itself packs an edge in sustained, balanced defense and teammanship.
James, in his fifth straight NBA Finals, is a mighty all-around strongman, whose vastly matured leadership has seen his uneven outfit through many ordeals.
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It will be a David and Goliath duel, but only from opposite ends of the court.
Curry, as his smaller build necessitates, operates mostly away from the paint, and could often be seen lobbing in amazing three-pointers way off the arc, from impossible spots regarded as no-man’s land.
James is an unstoppable terror in the slot and around it, but he could also win it from afar, as had been shown many times.
As James has himself admitted, they are not dreaming of shackling Curry, who’s unreachable with his blinding “off-the-catch and off-the-dribble” jumpers.
At the same time though, James claimed the rival squad can’t hope to slow him down, either.
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All told, what looms here is the strong likelihood of a super championship series, which could make up for the failure of the superfight of boxing in Las Vegas on May 2 that flopped despite breaking records in earnings and viewership.
No sign of how and where the NBA Finals would head until after Game 1.
But those signs may not themselves be clear enough for any among us to make an early safe pick.
Will Curry, the year’s MVP, reign supreme?
Will James, many times the best, be the best of the best in the end?