Mon, Jan 16, 11:29am by Staff Writer
The two best sides in the competition reignite their rivalry on Tuesday AEDT when the Cavs head to the Oracle Centre looking for some more bragging rights over the Warriors. The Cavs form on the road has been shaky at best but the heavyweight contest against the Warriors represents a chance to get an edge on their rivals ahead of the playoffs. You can see all the action live here in Australia on ESPN.
Cavaliers @ Warriors
Oracle Arena, Oakland – Tuesday 17 January, 12:00pm AEDT
TV: Live on ESPN
After the Christmas Day epic that saw the Cavs get over the line by a single point (109-108), you can expect the hosts to come out hard against Champions in this one. The Cavs are coming to the end of a six-game stretch on the road that’s included back-to-back losses against the Trailblazers and the Jazz.
The visitors’ road form of the may be shaky but LeBron James will want to dominate against a side they will see again in the playoffs.
Neutral pundits can’t help but admire the Warriors game this season and Lebron was also full of admiration in his postgame wrap-up on Friday night. The superstar called the Warriors the best side in the NBA twice. “We don’t look at them as a rival, they’ve been the best team the last couple years, last three years.”
Warriors fans have long memories and not one of them will ever forget Kyrie Irving’s 41-point effort in Game five of last year’s playoffs. In their last start against the Kings on Saturday AEDT, Irving lead the scoring with 26 points and new addition Kyle Korver also found some rhythm, with 18 points, including four 3-pointers.
The hosts warmed up for the finals rematch by demolishing the Pistons (127-107). The Dubs pulling away in the third quarter by outscoring the Pistons 41-19, hitting eight triples from 12 attempts.
Kevin Durant will be looking to inject himself into his heavyweight match-up with LeBron James. KD had 25 points, six rebounds and nine assists against the Pistons and will be eager for more of the same against the King.
LeBron won’t take a backward step in this battle though and the Cavs have the weapons to disrupt the Warriors perimeter shooting. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson could well be in for a tough night.
The Cavs lost both their regular season games to the Warriors last season but nailed the ones that mattered. This game has some meaning to Warriors fans with one fan paying $52,088 for four courtside seats to the game.
The last time Cleveland played in this building was for Game Seven of last year’s final series and we all know how that turned out. Kyle Korver has been a smart edition and there’s a quiet confidence coming out of the Cleveland camp. They’ll want to close out this road trip with a win against their rivals and I’m backing them to do just that.
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