Five Things to Watch in the 2017 NBA Finals

Expect plenty of in-your-face action, extraordinary athleticism, and nonstop on-the-court drama

Some of the greatest rivalries and captivating stories of triumph exist in the the world of sports. From the baseball diamond to the basketball court, athletes can be pushed to their mental and physical limits and stun viewers with what they are capable of under pressure — and in the face of victory.

Related: Who’s the Greatest, LeBron James or Michael Jordan?

The NBA finals this year will be no different. Viewers can anticipate much action and drama as the rival Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors go head-to-head; each team and many of the players have plenty to prove.

Here are some people and storylines to watch as the games begin tonight:

1.) LeBron James. In the Cavs’ previous game against the Boston Celtics, LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan for the most career playoff points of all time. This made many wonder about LeBron’s ultimate legacy — and where he ranks (and will rank) among the all-time greats in the sport.

Although “King James” has had a great career thus far, one of his more disappointing stats is his dismal 3-4 series record in the NBA finals, especially compared to Jordan’s 6-0 record. Winning or losing this finals matchup will greatly affect his legacy in future years.

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