Tyronn Lue and the Cavs may not be looking ahead to an NBA Finals three-match with Golden State just yet, but everyone else is. And Lue understands why.
Speaking to reporters after practice on Wednesday, the Cleveland head coach compared a potential third straight meeting with Steph Curry and Co. in the NBA Finals to a classic matchup of yore with local significance — Magic vs. Bird.
“Is it a problem? I don’t think so,” Lue told reporters. “I think a lot of people wanted to see Boston and the Lakers back in the day. I think nowadays, a lot of people want to see Golden State-Cavs. And it’s not a problem. Right now, it’s two of the teams playing some of the best basketball.”
The two squads have split their first two Finals encounters, with the Warriors outlasting a depleted Cleveland squad in 2015, and James exacting his revenge by overcoming a 3-1 deficit last year.
However, since then the Warriors have added Kevin Durant to take their game to another level. Both clubs are unbeaten this postseason, with Cleveland winning by an average of 16.5 points a game, and Cleveland’s average margin checking in at 9.6 points.
“So two of the teams that have been in back-to-back Finals — so, why not? Why not want to see it again?” Lue told reporters. “I don’t see why it would be a problem. I think last year had some of the best ratings, I think, in NBA history. I think now with them adding [Kevin] Durant and the way they’re playing, the way we’re playing, it can be even higher.”
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Source: GreenStreet Blog