The 2015 NBA Finals are just three days away, when the Cleveland Cavaliers will begin their challenging quest to take down the NBA’s best team, the Golden State Warriors, for the championship. And there is certainly no shortage of star power in this matchup, as “The King” LeBron James and a hobbled Kyrie Irving will face-off against the “Splash Brothers,” Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
Due to the demand for this year’s Finals, the average ticket price for Game 1 at Oracle Arena in Oakland is clocking in at a whopping $1,304.90, with a get-in price of $552. NBA Finals tickets generally do draw crazy amounts for tickets, being that this is for the championship, but this particular series is a little more anticipated than usual. Cavaliers tickets have become a highly sought after item, as the Cavs are still looking to win their first ever title. Their only appearance in the Finals, after all, came in 2007 when they were swept by the Spurs.
James will be playing in his fifth straight NBA Finals, after a stellar first three rounds this postseason. In fact, “The King,” is averaging 27.6 points, 8.3 assists, 10 rebounds, along with a block and nearly two steals a game during this postseason, which includes 30.3 ppg, 11 rebounds and 9.3 assists in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Atlanta Hawks.
In addition to James’ usual dominance, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, and Matthew Dellavedova have become extremely important pieces for Cleveland, as they’ve been contributing on both ends of the floor. That will have to continue for the Cavs to be successful to make up for the lack of a healthy Irving and Kevin Love.
Shumpert, a defensive ace, will probably see the most time on Curry, but will trade time with Dellavedova, who has proved his worth defensively, able to irritate and annoy opponents. But like Smith’s 13.5 ppg in these playoffs, Shumpert and Dellavedova must inflate their 10.1 and 7.0 ppg, respectively, as James will need all the help in the world to overcome the league’s best offense.
In disrupting Curry and Thompson enough to make mistakes, the rest of Golden State will feel a residual effect trickle down because the pressure will then be placed on Leandro Barbosa, Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green to produce offensively. And because they are not the Splash Brothers, the Cavs can excel, neutralizing the Warriors’ biggest strength, that being their perimeter shooting. If that goes according to plan, and James does his usual thing leading the way, the Cavaliers will be on track toward nabbing their first title in franchise history.