NBA Final Warriors v Cavaliers Games 1 and 2

June 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; XXXXX during the second half of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Welp, here we are again with a Warriors v Cavaliers NBA Finals

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; XXXXX during the second half of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

For the (lost count) time, Pat Monahan of Train performed the National Anthem. Only reminding me of his time singing for the Super Bowl kickoff show.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 1, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Pat Monahan performs the national anthem before the NBA Finals for the 2017 NBA Playoffs between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

And of course, Carlos Santana for game 2.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; XXXXX during the second half of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports In a very spoiled way, covering an NBA Finals now seems like a regular occurrence for the Bay Area, it seems same ol' same ol' that we might take for granted.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors fans Jude Ezra Williams, 2 and sister Charlize Williams, 9 months, before game two of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

But this time the buzz isn't just about Curry v LeBron James

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 1, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in the second half of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

But Warriors now have Kevin Durant, who has a bit of height compared to Curry NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 1, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) defends a shot against Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) in the first quarter of the NBA Finals for the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 1, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

And Draymond has managed to not get himself suspended.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; XXXXX during the second half of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

And Steve Kerr is back as of game 2!

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr questions the referee after a call against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the fourth quarter of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

But on Cavs side, Kevin Love seems to be concussion free and focused.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; XXXXX during the second half of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Though Tristan Thompson is getting some flack for his relationship with Khloe Kardashian

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; XXXXX during the second half of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

I'm excited to be covering every Warriors home game for this series for USA Today Sports Images with Kyle Terada, Cary Edmondson and Jerry Lai editing. It's great because I can focus on shooting and not have to be distracted by transmitting photos, but also means sometimes these images don't get transmitted, but when Kyle has floor position and is getting photos like this, it's understandable 

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dunks the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter of game two of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

But since there's a chance we won't even get a game 5, and because I'm hoping that if there is a game 5 it's for the championship and a post can be dedicated to that. But I'm really hoping there's no game 7 because I'm supposed to go to Boston. I want to be watching Tall Ships not Tall Players :P

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 1, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

 I'd say I feel confident about the Warriors winning it all within 6... but I thought that last year too and we all know how that ended!

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJune 19, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and the Cavaliers celebrate the championship victory against the Golden State Warriors following game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


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