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Warriors-Cavaliers III coming? Both teams look strong this postseason

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry could have their teams on a collision course to meet in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry could have their teams on a collision course to meet in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year. The Associated Press

There are no guarantees in the NBA, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see two familiar teams battling for the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be on a collision course to meet in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive season. In the last two years, the teams have split. Golden State won in 2015 for the franchise’s first championship in 40 years. Last year, the Cavaliers won it for Cleveland’s first sports title in any sport since 1964.

The teams split their regular-season series in 2016-17, each winning at home.

In this year’s postseason, both teams have gone 8-0, sweeping two opponents to reach the conference finals. Golden State awaits the winner of the San Antonio Spurs-Houston Rockets series, which is tied 2-2. No. 2 Cleveland will play the winner of the Boston Celtics-Washington Wizards series, also tied 2-2.

Here’s a look at the Warriors and Cavaliers so far this postseason:

Golden State

Statistic

Cleveland

8-0

Record

8-0

115.3

Points

114.5

98.8

Opp. Points

104.9

Stephen Curry, 27.1

Top Scoring

LeBron James, 34.4

Draymond Green, 9.1

Top Rebounds

Tristan Thompson, 10.6

Draymond Green, 7.3

Top Assists

LeBron James, 7.1

110-81 vs. Portland, Game 2 (April 19)

Biggest Win

125-103 vs. Toronto, Game 2 (May 3)

119-113 at Portland, Game 3 (April 22)

Closest Win

109-108 vs. Indiana, Game 1 (April 15)

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