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Fortunes of Gratitude: Golden State vs Cleveland

“Two Dogs, One Bone.”

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Goes the saying, and this has been a grisly dogfight the past 4 years. Before Wednesday’s Game 3, we look back at the rich history of the Golden State Warriors and the up and coming Cleveland Cavaliers and how they’ve been keeping relevant in recent years. This article is strictly for historical purposes and how each teams all time players would match up against one another.

 

Golden State Warriors, 1971-1972 – 2017-2018

Philadelphia Warriors, 1946-1947 – 1961-1962

San Francisco Warriors, 1962-1963 – 1970-1971

 

 

Starting 5 All Time (1946-2018)

No. Player POS From/College Tenure (Years w/ GSW)
30 Stephen Curry PG Davidson College 2009-present
11 Klay Thompson SG Washington State 2011-present
24 Rick Barry SF Miami (FL) 1965-67; 1972-1978
23 Draymond Green PF Michigan State 2012-present
13 Wilt Chamberlain C Kansas 1959-1965

 

Bench

No. Player POS From/College Tenure (Years W/ GSW)
11 Paul Arizin SF Villanova 1950-1962
6 Neil Johnston C Ohio State 1951-1959
17 Chris Mullin SF St. John’s 1985-97; 2000-01
42 Nate Thurmond C Bowling Green State 1963-74
23 Jeff Mullins SG Duke 1966-1976
15 Tom Gola SG La Salle 1955-1963
45 Purvis Short SF Jackson State 1978-1987

 

Top Coaches:

Al Attles, 1970-1983, 557-518

Don Nelson, 1989-2010, 422-443

Edward Gottlieb, 1947-1955, 263-318

Steve Kerr, 2015-present, 265-63

 

 

 

Cleveland Cavaliers, 1970-1971 – 2017-2018

 

Starting 5 All Time (1970-2018)

No. Player POS From/College Tenure (Years w/ CLE)
2 Kyrie Irving PG Duke 2011-2017
25 Mark Price SG Georgia Tech 1986-1995
23 LeBron James SF Saint Vincent-Saint Mary (HS) 2003-10; 2014-18
22 Larry Nance PF Clemson 1987-1994
11 Zydrunas Ilgauskas C Atletas Kaunas (Lithuania) 1997-2010

 

Bench

No. Player POS From/College Tenure (Years/ CLE)
11 Terrell Brandon PG Oregon 1991-1997
34 Austin Carr SG Notre Dame 1971-1980
7 ‘Bingo’ Bobby Smith SG Tulsa 1970-1980
13 Tristian Thompson PF Texas 2011-present
18 John ‘Hot Rod’ Williams PF Tulane 1986-1995
43 Brad Daugherty C North Carolina 1986-1994
17 Anderson Varejao C Brazil 2004-2016

 

Top Head Coaches:

Lenny Wilkens, 1987-1993, 316-258

Mike Brown, 2006-2014, 305-187

Tyronn Lue, 2016-present, 128-77

Bill Fitch, 1971-1979, 304-434

 

For the fourth time in NBA history, Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors match up against the beast of the East in LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers. This is an article dedicated to some of the best players in each franchises’ history and to reminisce on such storied tall tales. So far, Golden State holds an advantaged in the 2018 NBA Finals with a 2-0 record (As of June 3rd, 2018) and is favorited to sweep Cleveland to win their 2nd title back-to-back.

 

 

Results from Previous Matchups in the Finals

Year Western Team Eastern Team Result
2015 Golden State Warriors Cleveland Cavaliers GSW, 4-2
2016 Golden State Warriors Cleveland Cavaliers CLE, 4-3
2017 Golden State Warriors Cleveland Cavaliers GSW, 4-1
2018 Golden State Warriors Cleveland Cavaliers *TBD

 

Will LeBron James rebound and prove that he truly is the greatest of all time? We’ll find out come Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 when Golden State travels to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio for a battle of glory and pride. Game 3 will cause immense emotions to flow with LeBron playing in front of his hometown crowd, as well his chance to shine bright once again in the spotlight of one illustrious career.

 

 

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