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Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: The NBA Finals in numbers

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The NBA Finals are here. It's time for the best from the east to face the best from the west as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors lock horns. 

In a repeat of last year's final, LeBron James and Stephen Curry - the two biggest names in the league - will do battle in what will prove to be an enthralling battle from start to finish. 

Ahead of game one, which starts on Thursday night, GiveMeSport has broken down some of the important numbers as the Warriors look to go back-to-back and LeBron hopes to bring a first title to Ohio.

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1,077

Golden State made an NBA-record 1,077 three-pointers this season, becoming the first team in league history to reach 1,000.

77

Three-pointers made by All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson in the playoffs. The 26-year-old has been on fire from downtown in the postseason and leads all shooters in buckets from deep. His 11 in the crucial game six win over OKC were vital in overturning their deficit. 

17

The number of games it took the Golden State Warriors to reach the Finals again. They went the distance with the Oklahoma City Thunder in a thrilling Western Conference Finals series having taken ten games to beat the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers. Cleveland advanced in 14.

14

This series marks the 14th time in NBA history that the same teams are meeting in The Finals in consecutive seasons.

9

Nine international players are on Finals rosters. The Cavaliers feature Matthew Dellavedova (Australia), Kyrie Irving (Australia) although he represents the USA, Sasha Kaun (Russia), Timofey Mozgov (Russia) and Tristan Thompson (Canada). The Warriors have Leandro Barbosa (Brazil), Andrew Bogut (Australia), Festus Ezeli (Nigeria) and Anderson Varejao (Brazil).

8

Eight players on NBA Finals 2016 rosters have NBA Development League experience; Cleveland players Dahntay Jones, Jordan McRae and Sasha Kaun. For the Warriors, Festus Ezeli, Shaun Livingston, James Michael McAdoo, Ian Clark and Kevon Looney have spent time in the D-League.

Golden State Warriors v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Six

6

Cleveland’s LeBron James is set to play in his sixth straight Finals, the first player to do so in 50 years. The other seven players to accomplish the feat played for the Boston Celtics: Bill Russell (10 straight Finals appearances), Tom Heinsohn (nine), Sam Jones (nine), K.C. Jones (eight), Frank Ramsey (eight), Bob Cousy (seven) and Satch Sanders (six).

5

Cleveland’s Tyronn Lue can become the fifth head coach over the last 60 years to win a title in his first season, joining Golden State’s Steve Kerr (2015), the Los Angeles Lakers’ Pat Riley (1982) and Paul Westhead (1980), and the Philadelphia Warriors’ George Senesky (1956).

2

Golden State’s Steve Kerr is looking to become the second head coach in NBA history to win titles in each of his first two seasons. The only coach to do it is John Kundla, who won the 1948 and 1949 titles with the Minneapolis Lakers.

Golden State Warriors v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

Cleveland Cavaliers v Houston Rockets

1

Golden State’s Anderson Varejao is the first player ever to play for both NBA finalists in the same season.

0

The number of times the Cleveland Cavaliers have gone to overtime in their run to a second consecutive Finals appearance. Not only did they reach the finals with relative ease, they were rarely made to sweat as all their games were wrapped up in regulation. 

You can watch the 2016 NBA Finals live on BT Sport or via NBA League Pass.

Topics:
Eastern Conference
NBA
Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division

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