This year's NBA Finals has heated up to become one of the best series' in recent memory.
What started out as a contest of blowouts has developed into a feisty war that neither side wants to concede. With the Finals perfectly poised at 3-3 heading into the game seven, winner-take-all showdown at the Oracle Arena on Sunday, both parties are sure to feel the heat.
For Cleveland, it's their third-ever chance at hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy and LeBron James, who has been playing like a man possessed the last few games, needs to bring an inaugural championship to his home state franchise.
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For the Golden State Warriors, they recorded a record-setting 73 wins in the regular season, but would that count for anything if the Cavs ended up NBA champions? That question was posed to Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson after practice on Thursday.
"100 percent," Thompson said. "I thought that was a trick question at first. We expected to win the NBA championship coming into the season. It's either win the whole thing or bust for us. I mean, it's no fun getting second place.
"So it would be a great season, but at the same time to us, the players, we're so competitive, we'd feel like we failed. So that's all right. A lot at stake, but that's when we're going to rise up and be at our best."
It's sure to be one of the greatest Finals matchup in recent history and on Sunday at the Oracle Arena, we'll know who the NBA champions definitively are.