The NBA Finals are here! Get ready for game 1 by reading Golden State of Mind and Fear the Sword:
Warriors vs Cavaliers, 2016 NBA Finals Game 1 preview: The rematch is here - Dean Campbell
Golden State's roster hasn't changed much since winning the title last year, other than the departure of David Lee and signing of Anderson Varejao after he was released by Cleveland during the season. But the returning players are anything but the same, exhibiting a champion's swagger with the grit to fend off the challenge from every team placing a bull's-eye on their backs all season long. The Warriors have grown even stronger since last year.
NBA Finals: Cavs can reveal their best selves against Warriors - William Bohl
But it's a rematch in name alone; the differences outweigh the similarities. These Cavaliers are different than the ones who strode into the Bay last June, relying heavily on a banged up Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert, giving James Jones heavy minutes off the bench, and keeping things slow and muddled in order to give themselves a chance to steal games at the end.
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