Warriors, Cavaliers Renew Rivalry with New Looks and New Faces

January 16th, 2017 by Erik Malinowski Leave a reply »

OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James says it's not a rivalry.

Everyone else—from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to Tyronn Lue, his own coach—might well disagree.

Regardless of where you fall on this issue of semantics, it's an inarguable certainty that the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are the league's most dynamic pairing and a near-guarantee every time out to deliver on their innate promise.

They are, without a doubt, the NBA's two best teams. Their showdown at Quickens Loans Arena on Christmas Day had drama to spare and was undecided right down to the final seconds, as the Cavs pulled off a 14-point fourth-quarter comeback to win, 109-108, in their first matchup since Game 7 of the NBA Finals last June.

Now, the two superpowers meet again on Monday night in Oakland. The Warriors (34-6) have the best record in the league. The Cavs (29-10) have the best record in the East.

Something, once again, will have to give.

But to these teams, it's still just one night over the course of a grueling 82-game slog meant to put them into a position to get back to the Fina ...

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