Tonight marks the second night of the season the two greatest teams in the league face off. Having played in the Finals against each other for the last 2 years, there is definitely some hot water between the two. That hot water is SURE to boil into tonight's game, as well. But before it starts, here’s 5 things to know about tonight's awesome matchup, and why it is such a show to watch:
1. The Warriors Blew a 3-1 Lead Last Season
If the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Warriors tonight, it would mark the Cavs’ fifth consecutive win against Golden State. Has Cleveland figured out the recipe to beating this Warriors team?
2. Where is Stephen Curry?
Curry was a virtual no show in the last two games against Kyrie and the Cavs.
Game 7: 17 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 turnovers, and shot just 32%.
Christmas Day 2016: 15 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 turnovers, and shot 36%.
It will be interesting to see if Curry comes out ready to show us why he is the reigning unanimous MVP.
3. Dr. Martin Luther King Day and NBA Tradition
The NBA has a tradition of honoring the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For over 20 years, the NBA has celebrated this day as an important date in the basketball world. The Warriors themselves happen to be 14-10 on this special day, while the Cavaliers are 9-6. Last year during the holiday, the Warriors defeated the Cavs 132-98.
4. LeBron James against Kevin Durant
LeBron James has an LOOONG history of beating Kevin Durant. In the regular season and, of course, in the 2012 playoffs. In fact, James is 18-4 against KD, having only lost to him twice in his career. There has to be some rivalry between the two, right?
5. Kyrie Irving. Game 7. Christmas Day.
Kyrie Irving is clutch. In the last two matchups, he scored the game-winning baskets. It has to start feeling like a nightmare for the Warriors, who just don’t have a way of slowing him down. If Kyrie somehow pulls it off for a third straight game, the Warriors would be in some deep trouble.