Defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will meet again in the 2017 NBA finals.

May 26, 2017 – CNN

In 2016, it looked like everything was going the Warriors’ way. The 2015 NBA champions won a record 73 regular-season games, and Stephen Curry was the first player to unanimously win the NBA MVP Award.

The Warriors were back in the NBA Finals, and they had a 3-1 lead against the Cavaliers, the same team they defeated for the championship the previous year.

But it all evaporated. And in Game 7, with LeBron James notching a triple double plus a massive block and the dagger three-point shot from Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers won the game and the title, ending a sports championship drought the city of Cleveland had been living under since 1964.

James wept on the Warriors home court in Oakland, where he was named unanimous NBA Finals MVP.

This is the first time the same two teams have faced off in three consecutive NBA Finals, and it’s the matchup that most NBA fans — and Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob — wanted.

“Honestly, I don’t really care who we play,” Lacob said, per The Mercury News, after the Warriors swept the Spurs. But then he added this: “OK, maybe a slight preference for Cleveland. Only because I feel we have some unfinished business from last season.”