6 Questions That Need to be Answered Heading Into the NBA Finals

Before the NBA Finals tip in Oakland Thursday between the Cavaliers and Warriors, we outline six questions that need to be answered to determine who will be crowned 2017-18 NBA champions.

LeBron James Steph Curry Game 3 NBA Finals 2017
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) handles the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the fourth quarter in game three of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.

LeBron James Steph Curry Game 3 NBA Finals 2017

For the fourth straight June, we get the Cavaliers and the Warriors in the NBA Finals. Some might consider that awesome, others wish we had new blood, but no matter what side you fall on we at least get to see LeBron square up for four more games (any maybe just four more games) against the NBA's most elite talent. 

After securing an historic eighth straight NBA Finals appearance, can LeBron do the unthinkable? Are the Warriors going to sweep the Cavs? Are Nick Young and J.R. Smith really the same person? Does Cleveland really have an answer for Kevin Durant? How can you make some money off the Finals? And how will another NBA Finals loss affect The King's legacy? 

You've got questions and we've got answers before the NBA Finals tip Thursday in Oakland. 

How can the Cavs pull off the improbable?

Kevin Love.

Win or lose, how does this affect LeBron's legacy?

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Nick Young is just a younger version of J.R. Smith, without the Henny. Both have been involved in their fair share of social media scandals from sending pipe-related DMs to getting caught admitting to cheating on video. But we’re not here to talk about their social media woes, we’re here to talk about basketball.

On court, both have a tendency to be streaky shooters, but you wouldn’t know it from their levels of self-confidence. Each time one of them makes a shot in a big game they celebrate like they just single-handedly won a title.

After both the Warriors and the Cavs won their respective conference finals, it wasn’t Steph or LeBron looking at the trophy with heart eyes. It was J.R. who (yet again) ran off with it, cradling the trophy like a newborn child. Swaggy P, likewise, just wanted to be left alone.

No matter which team wins, you can bet that at the front of the trophy presentation will stand Nick Young or J.R. Smith. — M.H. 

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Did you forget the Warriors are cheaters?

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How do you make money on the Finals?

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Who do we have winning?

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