Battle of the MVPs: NBA Finals Begin as LeBron James and the Cavaliers Go Up Against Steph Curry and the Warriors

The NBA Finals will be a rare sight this year, as Stephen Curry, the reigning MVP of the current season, battles Lebron James, MVP of four previous seasons. On June 4, James and his Cleveland Cavaliers headed to Oakland to face Curry and the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the championship. Unfortunately for “The King,” he and his Cavs came up short in overtime.

Yes, in overtime. It was a grind-it-out, back-and-forth dramatic game, and a taste of what’s to come…

And why’s this going to the the championship for the ages? Each team boasts stellar starters and valuable bench players. However, Cleveland is playing seriously diminished and deep into their bench as the team has now lost three of its original starters to season-ending, surgery-requiring injuries: Anderson Verajao has been out since December with a torn Achilles tendon, Kevin Love’s shoulder was dislocated as Cleveland swept Boston in Game 4 of round one, and then last night Kyrie left the game due to a fractured left knee cap with about two minutes remaining.

And there are more reasons than the players to get excited. Both teams have a rookie coach who has led them all year on the road to victory. Moreover, both teams’ cities are rather desperate for an NBA championship, with San Francisco last winning in 1975 while Cleveland, arguably more desperate, has never won.

Can LeBron bring a championship home to his city?

Even if you’re no basketball fan, you may want to watch at least one game to witness the mind-blowing talent in this emotional championship, now sadly minus Kyrie Irving.

To get ready, start with the video above.

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