Two of the top teams that were in the 2015 NBA Finals last year are in for a re-match.
This year's NBA championship series will feature the #1 seeded Eastern Conference Champion, the Cleveland Cavaliers, taking on the #1 Western Conference Champion, the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors won the NBA title for the first time since 1975 and are looking at a second straight NBA title. However, the Cavaliers could look to end the Golden State Warriors' dream season and win their first NBA title in franchise history.
Speaking of re-matches, this will be the Cavaliers' third NBA Finals appearance and the Warriors' 8th NBA Finals appearance and their 5th one representing the Western Conference.
The Cavaliers finished the regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference with 57 wins and 25 losses (.695). In the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs, the Cavaliers eliminated both the Detroit Pistons in four games of the first round and the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Cavaliers eliminated the Toronto Raptors in six games of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The defending NBA champion, the Golden State Warriors broke the record set by the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls by finishing the regular season with 73 wins and just 9 losses (.89). The Warriors also broke numerous NBA records, including 34 road wins a 24-0 record (the best start to the 2015-2016 NBA season) and the longest home win streak of 54 (dating back to the 2014-2015 NBA season).
In the NBA Western Conference playoffs, the Warriors eliminated the Houston Rockets in five games in the first round and eliminated the Portland Trailblazers in the Western Conference Semifinals in five games also. Lastly, in the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder in seven games; but by becoming only the 10th team in NBA history to overcome a three games to one series deficit and eliimination scare. In Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors defeated the Thunder, 96 to 88.
Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals will be begin on Thursday, 2 June at 9 PM EDT and depending on the outcome of the series, the 2016 NBA Finals and the 2015-2016 NBA season will conclude with Game 7 on Sunday, 19 June at 9 PM EDT.
For more on the look back of the 2016 NBA Playoffs read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_NBA_Playoffs
For more on the look ahead to the 2016 NBA Finals read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_NBA_Finals