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Fantasy NBA Basketball Playoffs Game 7 Preview
Well this is it. The ultimate and last game of the 2015-2016 in the best possible win or go home scenario any NBA fans could imagine. This Fantasy NBA Basketball Playoffs Game 7 Preview is brought you by FanPicks where you can participate in the only available Fantasy Cross Sports contests. Will the Cavs go for a 3rd win in a row in the tough Oracle arena this Sunday or it
The suspense and intensity nearing this matchup couldn’t get any higher. Will the Golden State Warriors find a way to end the Cavaliers momentum and scare of being the first team in NBA Finals history to bust a 3-1 advantage? Or will the Cavaliers be able to make an historic comeback and shut down many critics by winning its first ever title?
The pressure is immense for both teams but a defeat, despite having an exceptional record breaking season for the Golden State Warriors will be a dagger in their heart.
On another note, this is the closest Cleveland fans have come to a championship in 52 years. The city championship drought in all sports can come to an end of the Cavaliers keep the same momentum they’ve had the past 2 games.
The Warriors however have been on the brink of winning a back to back championship for 2 games in a row and the pressure in not becoming the team who blew a 3-1 lead in NBA Finals after exceeding expectations all year long.
This will be none other than a classic matchup between the 2 NBA super stardoms, Lebron James and Stephen Curry. The past 2 games have been very different from the previous 3, with shots not falling for the defending champs at the same rate as the regular season and most of the postseason.
All Warriors have expressed the extreme disappointment they’d feel if they were unable to as champs, so look for them to come out focus and flying today.
Despite Curry putting 30 pts in Game 6, James poured in 41 pts for the 2nd straight contest. This ecstatic performance made Lebron joined the elite group of Jerry West, Michael Jordan, Rick Barry and Shaquille O’Neal as the only players ever to score 40 more points in consecutive games.
However, for the Cavs, the real threat comes not only from the Splash Brothers Curry and Thompson, but dominance from Draymond Green and the bench at times makes it an heavier task to overcome.
The Warriors definitely know all about overcoming a 3-1 deficit after defeating miraculously the Thunder in the Western Finals in 7 games. The composure and output from everyone on the team is critical at this point.
The bench has to perform the same way they did all throughout the season as well as early playoff games to stop the Cavaliers at this rate. With Draymond Green missing game 5 and Andrew Bogut out on a season adversity, Steve Kerr’s squad will have to play like champions to retain their crown and put an end to the Cavaliers’ tenacy and hunger for a win.
Look for this game to be a tight game but with the Warriors taking advantage of their depth and home court advantage to finish off a spectacular year.
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NBA Finals Game 6
The NBA Finals resumes Thursday night with Game 6. The Cleveland Cavaliers will fight to stay alive and try to push the Golden State Warriors to an ultimate Game 7. The Cavs staved off elimination Monday winning 112-97 in Golden State. This was the Warriors first home loss during the playoffs and third this entire season. As the momentum shifted in Cleveland’s favor? Don’t say that to the Warriors who looks to repeat the exact same scenario as last year, winning the championship in 6 games at Quickens Loan Arena. The table is set for the NBA fantasy basketball draft tonight, time to play FanPick’s Cross-Sports Grand-Jam (click to play) and select your winning lineup!
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- Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut will miss the rest of the finals due to a left knee injury he suffered during last game. He will not need surgery though.
- Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green will be back for Game 6 after serving a one game suspension for his below-the-belt hit on LeBron James.
NBA Finals Fantasy Game 1 Recap
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors began their NBA Finals rematch this past thursday at the Oracle Arena. With the Cavaliers coming into this game with the best postseason record thus far (12-2) and outscoring opponents by a combined 177 pts, Game 1’s result was quite a surprise and unusual for NBA Fans.
Not only that the season record breaking Golden State Warriors took game 1 to the Cavaliers, 104-89, in comfortable fashion, the fact that Stephen Curry and and Klay Thompson struggled throughout the game will raise many questions to the Cavs.
The response from the bench when both Splash Brothers were unable to make their presence felt was nothing but astounding.
Shaun Livingston put up some impressive numbers in game 1 with a career playoff high of 20 pts. He went 8 for 10 from the field with 4 boards and 3 assists.
The Cavaliers just couldn’t cope with the Warriors’ reserve unit which outscored their opponent’s bench 45-11.
Leandro Barbosa’s 11 pts and Andre Iguodala’s tough defense against the Lebron James were quite impressive.
Iguodala, last season’s NBA Finals MVP definitely picked up where he left off against the Cavaliers’ large forward. He made James do a number a mistakes and bad shots. He was able to also to contribute offensively with 12 pts with 7 boards and 6 assists. The size advantage of James on Iguodala is quite huge and its hard to believe how well the Warriors’ player is coping with it without drawing many fouls. A mix of experience and smart defending is key in his matchup to slow down James’ dominance in the game.
The Cavaliers only shot 33% from long range and 38% from the field but its really the cold streak of certain of their players that stepped up in the early series.
With the Warriors extremely difficult to beat at the Oracle Arena, the key games the Cavaliers should be focusing on winning are games 3 to 5. This could shift momentum in the series and keep them on pace for what could maybe be a 7 game series.