The Golden State Warriors won Game 5 against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night to clinch the series 4-1 and book a trip to the NBA Finals where they will face off against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Warriors will be aware of the fact that the Cavs are flying high right now after their sweep of the Atlanta Hawks, and that Lebron James and co are hungry for the title.
Golden State and Cleveland split the regular season series 1-1, with both teams winning at home. However, the big difference in the two match-ups is that Lebron James didn't play in the away loss to the Warriors at Oracle Arena.
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As everyone knows, the four-time MVP will be a huge factor in the Championship series and he will be confident that he can lead his team to victory over the Oakland based Warriors just as he did earlier this season.
There's someone who might have just as great of an impact on the other side of the court though. This year's MVP, Stephen Curry won't be afraid to face LeBron in what seems like a battle between two superstars on the biggest stage of them all.
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Curry, who is seemingly out to break every record he can, will look to lead his side past the Cavaliers with his indescribable shooting ability. While LeBron will go for power, Curry will go for finesse and it's going to be the intense match-up most NBA supporters were looking forward to.
Curry the main man
However, the old saying "defense wins championships" comes to mind in this one. LeBron James and Stephen Curry are both outstanding defenders on the court, and they will undoubtedly have a positive affect for their respective teams in that aspect.
But the player who holds the key to Golden State's hopes of stopping LeBron James is, Draymond Green. The Michigan State alumnus has been fantastic for the Warriors all season long, including this post-season. Green will have the responsibility of shutting down LeBron, which everyone knows is a near-impossible task. But if there is one player in the NBA right now who has a shot at it, it's the Warriors' forward who has been their leader throughout the year.
If Curry goes off on the offensive end as he has been for the majority of the post-season, and if Green can prove to everyone he should have won Defensive Player of the Year by playing good, hard defense against LeBron James then the Golden State Warriors will reach their goal of being NBA Champions for the first time since 1975.