Six pack movie: It’s not over yet, but the Warriors are coming back to Seattle for Game 1 of the NBA finals on Monday night.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Warriors’ Game 1 matchup against the Cavaliers.1.
Who’s the defending champions?
The Warriors will host the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first-round of the playoffs.
The Warriors are in a tie with the Lakers for the second-best record in the Western Conference at 16-5.
The Lakers hold the tiebreaker over the Warriors in the standings, but they’ll play the Lakers on Monday and then face the Cavs on Wednesday.2.
What’s up with Steph Curry?
Golden State’s Steph Curry has been playing with a sprained right ankle for much of the series, and it looks like the ankle is starting to get a bit of the wear and tear from a year and a half of playing through it.
The ankle is still a bit sore, but it’s not as bad as it was a couple of weeks ago.
Curry is averaging 26.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 42.3 percent from 3-point range and 37.6 percent from beyond the arc.3.
How will Steph Curry’s injury affect the Warriors?
Curry has struggled to stay healthy throughout the playoffs, so there’s a good chance he’ll be out for the entire series.
Curry has missed 11 of the past 13 games.
If he misses Game 1, the Warriors will likely have to rely on the rest of the lineup.4.
Is there a way the Warriors can win the series without Steph Curry, who hasn’t played in more than nine games this season?
If the Warriors don’t win Game 1 without Curry, the Cavaliers will need to play a lot of defense in order to win the game.
Cleveland will need Stephen Curry to score at least 26 points per game, which he hasn’t done all year, to help the Warriors get back to the series.5.
Can the Cavs win the Finals without Steph?
The Cavs are a very good team, and they have a lot to play for in Game 1.
But if they don’t play their best, the Cavs will have to play much more aggressively in order for the Warriors to win.6.
Who are the Cavs?
The Cleveland Cavaliers are led by Kyrie Irving, who’s averaging 24.8 points, 7.6 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game this season.
They’ve lost five of six to the Warriors.7.
Is it true that Cleveland’s starting lineup hasn’t been good lately?
Yes, it is.
Kyrie and Irving are shooting well below 40 percent from behind the arc in Game 2, and LeBron James has been the most efficient player in the league in that game.
Irving is shooting just 28.9 percent from deep in that series, which ranks in the bottom 10 in the NBA.8.
Are there any players who could help Cleveland?
LeBron James is out with a strained left Achilles.
He hasn’t missed a game this year, but he is shooting a career-worst 42.5 percent from three-point land in this series.
He’s shooting 39.1 percent from distance in Game 3, though, and he’s still shooting 44.6 from the floor in the series so far.
He might need to get some rest, though.
LeBron James and Kyrie James are averaging 27.7 points, 11.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists per contest in the playoffs so far, but there’s still no one on the Cavs who can step up and be a significant part of Cleveland’s championship run.9.
Are the Cavs the best team in the West right now?
Yes they are, but I’m not sure the Warriors have a chance to get back into the Western conference lead right now.
The Spurs are second in the conference at 15-4 and have the best record in all of basketball.
The Clippers are third with a 17-3 record and are playing in the fourth round of the Western playoffs.
San Antonio could win Game 3 without the injured Chris Paul, though they’re also playing without the injury to DeAndre Jordan, who is averaging 19.3 points, 6.2 assists and 4 on 49.8 percent shooting in the postseason.10.
Who has the better record?
The Warriors lead the league with a 15-6 record and the Cavaliers are tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for the third-best mark at 14-8.
The Heat are fourth at 10-5 and have a 12-6 mark.
The Thunder are tied for second at 9-6 and the Spurs are tied at 8-6.
The Thunder are playing their best basketball of the season.
Oklahoma City is winning by an average of 19.7 per game and has the NBA’s third-worst shooting percentage at 44.8, per NBA.com.
The team is shooting 47.1 from the