Star-Filled Teams Face Each Other in NBA Finals
The NBA Finals begin Thursday night in Oakland, a city in northern California.
Last year, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA championship. It was the first major title for a Cleveland sports team since the 1960s.
The year before, Golden State, based in Oakland, defeated Cleveland for its first championship since 1975.
This year, the two teams will meet again for a chance to find out which one is really the best.
Cleveland is led by one of the NBA's all-time great players, LeBron James. He is playing in the Finals for the seventh-straight season. He is the first player to do that since the 1960s.
The Golden State Warriors have Steph Curry, the league's Most Valuable Player last year, and Kevin Durant, one of the NBA's best players.
The series is "best of seven," which means the first team to win four games will be champion.
The teams have a number of other All-Star players, they are among the best in the NBA. Cleveland has Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, while Golden State has Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.
So in this match-up of star players, which team will win?
James thinks his Cavaliers will win. "I feel good about our chances, very good," he said.
But he is in the minority. Many experts are picking the Warriors to win.
Tim Reynolds is the basketball writer for the Associated Press news agency. Reynolds wrote that Golden State will win in seven games.
His reason? Cleveland's defense is not good enough to stop Golden State.
"James will push Golden State to the limit. But in the end, the 2016 loss will be avenged and the championship confetti will finally fall on Durant."
The website FiveThirtyEight.com wrote that the Warriors might be the best team in NBA history, even better than last year's team, which set a record with 73 wins.
The site's "prediction system" gives Cleveland only a 10 percent chance of winning the championship.
But one NBA coach thinks Cleveland will win. Tom Thibodeau is the coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He called Golden State "dominant," but also complimented James.
"You can never bet against LeBron. If a game is close down the stretch, he can take it over," Thibodeau said.
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1.The website FiveThirtyEight.com wrote that the Warriors might be the best team in NBA history, even better than last year's team, which set a record with 73 wins.
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去年，克利夫兰骑士队击败金州勇士队赢得NBA总冠军 。这是克利夫兰运动队自上世纪60年代以来首次夺得总冠军 。
骑士队由NBA史上最伟大球员之一的勒布朗·詹姆斯（LeBron James）带队 。这是他连续第七个赛季打入总决赛 。上世纪60年代后，他成为首个创此记录的球员 。
金州勇士队拥有去年当选常规赛最有价值球员（MPV）的斯蒂芬·库里（Steph Curry）以及NBA最佳球员之一的凯文·杜兰特（Kevin Durant） 。
NBA总觉赛的赛制是七战四胜制(Best of Seven)，即先赢四场的球队将会获得总冠军 。
两支球队都拥有众多全明星球员，他们位居NBA最佳球员行列 。为骑士队效力的有凯里·欧文（Kyrie Irving）和凯文·乐福（Kevin Love），而金州勇士队有德雷蒙德·格林（Draymond Green）和克雷·汤普森（Klay Thompson） 。
詹姆斯认为骑士队必胜 。他表示，“我觉得我们的时机很好，非常好 。”
持有此观点的只有少数人 。大多数专家都认为勇士队会赢 。
蒂姆·雷诺兹（Tim Reynolds）是美联社的篮球作家 。雷诺兹写道，金州勇士队将会在七场比赛中获胜 。
他说，“詹姆斯将会把勇士队逼到极限 。不过最后，勇士队将会为去年的失利雪耻，冠军头衔终将花落杜兰特 。”
但是一位NBA教练认为骑士队将获胜 。汤姆·蒂博多（Tom Thibodeau）是明尼苏达森林狼队的教练 。他承认勇士队“举足轻重”，不过也盛赞了詹姆斯 。
蒂博多表示：“永远别小看詹姆斯 。如果一场比赛接近尾声，他有能力让比赛翻盘 。”