This College Football Stat Might Predict The NBA Finals Champion

This College Football Stat Might Predict The NBA Finals Champion

Per ESPN, the Warriors are the largest favorites in an NBA Finals series in at least 16 years.

The Warriors are headed to the National Basketball Association finals for the fourth consecutive year, where they'll meet -for the fourth consecutive year - LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With the Warriors ready for a fourth straight Finals appearance against the Cavaliers, Curry's already added another juicy layer to the years-long saga between the two teams.

"We were in really good shape - really good shape", said an always-stoic Brad Stevens afterwards.

History, bragging rights and, of course, the 2018 NBA championship are all on the line once more as the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors rekindle their rivalry in the NBA Finals.

Jayson Tatum scored 24 points to lead the Celtics, who lost at home for the first time this postseason in 11 games.

For the second straight game, the Rockets showed wonderful grit in the first half, playing physical defense and attacking the rim - the Rockets had 56 points in the paint on the night.

"He's unbelievable", Boston coach Brad Stevens told reporters Sunday after losing Game 7. If the Rockets guard hadn't pulled his hamstring and ruled himself out of the series, Houston might have had the necessary poise in the second-half of Monday's Game 7 to hold off the Golden State Warriors.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr is trying to figure out why his team has struggled to put together complete games in this series, but is proud that the Warriors have found ways to win despite their up and down play. "Forty-eight minutes, it lasts a long time and there's so many opportunities to get yourself going as a team". "When we're on our game, we can get up and down and our defense too, when we're in passing lanes, creating turnovers, we're the best team in the world running the break". Curry was having a subpar game with eight points on 3-of-10 shooting up until his third-quarter explosion.

Tatum had a dunk over James with 6:41 left - staring down the Cavaliers star and bumping him with his chest - then followed it with a 3-pointer that gave the Celtics a 72-71 lead. "If we get a couple of stops and a few threes we're back in it", Kerr said. Gordon shot 2 of 12 from 3-point range, slightly better than Harden's 2of 13. Ariza and Dennis Johnson are the only two players to go 0-for-12 or worse in a Game 7, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The Rockets built that lead by exposing the one area on the floor they had an advantage over Golden State: the paint.

Tucker made one of two free throws and the teams exchanged layups before Golden State scored nine straight points, with two threes from Curry, to take a 64-61 lead.

Paul was sorely missed in the third quarter of Game 6 where the Warriors turned a first half deficit into a blowout victory.

Warriors: Curry went to the locker room with trainers between the first and second quarters, but returned to the bench with about 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter and soon returned to the game. Klay Thompson picked up three fouls in the first quarter, but still finished with 19 points.

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