— NBA (@NBA) June 2, 2016
The 2016 NBA Finals rematch featuring the Cavs and Warriors will undoubtedly leave us with a few fond memories. Despite Thursday night’s seeming snooze-fest, it was actually a lot closer than the final score indicated. Unlike the 2015 version, this year’s finals will feature a healthy Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love combatting a larger Goliath in Golden State. More Kyrie and Love will mean less of 2015 Finals legend Matthew Dellavedova, but that’s just a burden the Cavs will have to bear.
The 2016 Cavs look remarkably different than their hobbled 2015 team, which is a testament to LeBron’s versatility. LeBron looks to have more spring in his step during these playoffs due to his slightly reduced role.
There should be plenty more jaw-dropping highlights in this year’s finals with the Cavs zipping around in small-ball fashion as opposed to the slow, archaic style they played last season. Then again, they probably can’t beat the Warriors unless they do just that — even with Love and Kyrie in the lineup.
Also, Steph Curry should provide a highlight or two after a dreadful-shooting Game 1. The two-time MVP is pretty good at that. He started slow in last year’s finals, too, but Curry will be on a mission to capture his first Finals MVP trophy. He and fellow splash brother Klay Thompson are sure to put on a show (except for Game 1).
Cavs-Warriors II is set up to be better than the original.