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2017 NBA Finals
NBAhk Finals logo
Team Coach Wins
Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr
Mike Brown[a](interim)
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Cleveland Cavaliers Tyronn Lue 1
Dates June 1–12
MVP Kevin Durant
(Golden State Warriors)
Television U.S.:
English: ABC
Spanish: ESPN Deportes
Canada: TSN (Game 3 and 4) Sportsnet (Game 1, 2 and 5)
Announcers ABC:
ESPN Deportes:
Radio network ESPN Radio (National)
Cleveland Cavaliers Radio Network (Cleveland)
Golden State Warriors Radio Network (Golden State)
Announcers Marc Kestecher and Hubie Brown (ESPN Radio)
John Michael and Jim Chones (Cleveland)
Tim Roye, Jim Barnett and Tom Tolbert (Golden State)
Referees
Game 1: Danny Crawford, Derrick Stafford, Zach Zarba
Game 2: Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, James Capers
Game 3: Monty McCutchen, Ed Malloy, Ken Mauer
Game 4: Mike Callahan, Marc Davis, John Goble
Game 5: Danny Crawford, Ed Malloy, Derrick Stafford
Eastern Finals Cavaliers defeated Celtics, 4–1
Western Finals Warriors defeated Spurs, 4–0
NBA Finals

The 2017 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 2016–17 season and conclusion of the season's playoffs. The Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors defeated the defending NBA champion and Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers 4 games to 1. This Finals was the first time in NBA history the same two teams had met for a third consecutive year. The Cavaliers sought to repeat as champions after winning the championship in 2016, while the Warriors won the first meeting in 2015. Golden State earned home court advantage with a 2016–17 regular season record of 67–15, while Cleveland finished the regular season with a 51–31 record. The Warriors entered the 2017 Finals after becoming the first team in NBA playoff history to start 12–0, while the Cavaliers entered the 2017 Finals with a 12–1 record during the first three rounds of the postseason. The Warriors' 15–0 start in the playoffs is the most consecutive postseason wins in NBA history and their 16–1 record is the best winning percentage (.941) in NBA Playoff history.[2][3]

Background[edit]

Golden State Warriors[edit]

This was the Golden State Warriors' third consecutive trip to the NBA Finals and ninth appearance overall, having come short of back-to-back titles in the 2016 NBA Finals by losing in seven games after having a 3-1 lead. With the acquisition of free agent Kevin Durant in the offseason, the Warriors were hailed as a "Superteam" by the media and fans, forming a new All-Star "Big Four" of Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.[4][5][6]

The team equaled their 2014–15 regular-season record of 67–15, their second most wins in franchise history. They won the Pacific Division title and Western Conference Championship for the third consecutive season. The club became the fastest team in NBA history to clinch a playoff berth, achieving the feat on February 25, 2017, two days earlier than last season when they clinched on February 27, 2016.[7] They also became the first team in NBA playoff history to start 12–0, sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference semifinals, and the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.[8] Entering the Finals, this twelve game win-streak tied third for the most consecutive wins in the postseason.[9] The Warriors also entered the Finals with the largest playoff points differential in NBA history, with a +16.3 winning margin per game.[10]

Cleveland Cavaliers[edit]

This was the Cleveland Cavaliers' third consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, and fourth appearance overall, seeking to repeat as NBA champions. This is also the seventh consecutive NBA Finals appearance for LeBron James, and the sixth for James Jones (who technically qualified for the 2011 NBA Finals along with James, but did not play).[citation needed]

The Cavaliers finished the 2016–17 regular season with a 51–31 record, securing the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, the Cavaliers swept the Indiana Pacers in the first round, swept the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals, and defeated the Boston Celtics in five games in the Eastern Conference Finals.[11]

Road to the Finals[edit]

Cleveland Cavaliers (Eastern Conference Champion) Golden State Warriors (Western Conference Champion)
Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 cBoston Celtics * 53 29 .646 82
2 yCleveland Cavaliers * 51 31 .622 2.0 82
3 xToronto Raptors 51 31 .622 2.0 82
4 yWashington Wizards * 49 33 .598 4.0 82
5 xAtlanta Hawks 43 39 .524 10.0 82
6 xMilwaukee Bucks 42 40 .512 11.0 82
7 xIndiana Pacers 42 40 .512 11.0 82
8 xChicago Bulls 41 41 .500 12.0 82
9 Miami Heat 41 41 .500 12.0 82
10 Detroit Pistons 37 45 .451 16.0 82
11 Charlotte Hornets 36 46 .439 17.0 82
12 New York Knicks 31 51 .378 22.0 82
13 Orlando Magic 29 53 .354 24.0 82
14 Philadelphia 76ers 28 54 .341 25.0 82
15 Brooklyn Nets 20 62 .244 33.0 82
2nd seed in the East, 5th best league record
Regular season
Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 zGolden State Warriors * 67 15 .817 82
2 ySan Antonio Spurs * 61 21 .744 6.0 82
3 xHouston Rockets 55 27 .671 12.0 82
4 xLos Angeles Clippers 51 31 .622 16.0 82
5 yUtah Jazz * 51 31 .622 16.0 82
6 xOklahoma City Thunder 47 35 .573 20.0 82
7 xMemphis Grizzlies 43 39 .524 24.0 82
8 xPortland Trail Blazers 41 41 .500 26.0 82
9 Denver Nuggets 40 42 .488 27.0 82
10 New Orleans Pelicans 34 48 .415 33.0 82
11 Dallas Mavericks 33 49 .402 34.0 82
12 Sacramento Kings 32 50 .390 35.0 82
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 31 51 .378 36.0 82
14 Los Angeles Lakers 26 56 .317 41.0 82
15 Phoenix Suns 24 58 .293 43.0 82
1st seed in the West, best league record
Defeated the 7th seeded Indiana Pacers, 4–0 First round Defeated the 8th seeded Portland Trail Blazers, 4–0
Defeated the 3rd seeded Toronto Raptors, 4–0 Conference Semifinals Defeated the 5th seeded Utah Jazz, 4–0
Defeated the 1st seeded Boston Celtics, 4–1 Conference Finals Defeated the 2nd seeded San Antonio Spurs, 4–0

Regular season series[edit]

The Warriors and Cavaliers tied the regular season series 1–1, with each team winning its home game.

Series summary[edit]

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 Thursday, June 1 Golden State Warriors 113–91 (1–0) Cleveland Cavaliers
Game 2 Sunday, June 4 Golden State Warriors 132–113 (2–0) Cleveland Cavaliers
Game 3 Wednesday, June 7 Cleveland Cavaliers 113–118 (0–3) Golden State Warriors
Game 4 Friday, June 9 Cleveland Cavaliers 137–116 (1–3) Golden State Warriors
Game 5 Monday, June 12 Golden State Warriors 129–120 (4–1) Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA Finals Series[edit]

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−4)

Game 1[edit]

June 1
9:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 91, Golden State Warriors 113
Scoring by quarter: 30–35, 22–25, 20–33, 19–20
Pts: LeBron James 28
Rebs: Kevin Love 21
Asts: LeBron James 8
Pts: Kevin Durant 38
Rebs: Draymond Green 11
Asts: Stephen Curry 10
Golden State leads series, 1–0
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Danny Crawford, Derrick Stafford, Zach Zarba

The Warriors routed the Cavaliers 113–91 to take a 1–0 series lead. The Warriors led by only 8 points at halftime, but they opened the third quarter on a 13–0 run and never looked back. Kevin Durant had 38 points to lead the Warriors, and Stephen Curry added 28 points. The Cavaliers' LeBron James also had 28 points, becoming the first player to score 6000 career points in the postseason. James also passed Reggie Miller for second all-time in postseason three-pointers made. He grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out 8 assists, but he committed 8 of the Cavaliers' 20 turnovers. Golden State as a team managed only half of James' total with 4 turnovers, equaling the NBA record for fewest turnovers in an NBA Finals game. With this win, the Warriors became the first team ever to start 13–0 in the playoffs and their current 13 game win-streak is tied for the most consecutive postseason wins in NBA history.[12] Former Cavaliers head coach and current Warriors interim head coach Mike Brown took charge of the game, with Steve Kerr still being out due to illness.[citation needed]

The Cavaliers became the first team in NBA Finals history to fail to record a steal in a game. With the loss, the Cavaliers' nine game road playoff winning streak (a streak that began when they won Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals) came to an end. James dropped to 1–7 in NBA Finals openers in his career.[13]

Game 2[edit]

June 4
8:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 113, Golden State Warriors 132
Scoring by quarter: 34–40, 30–27, 24–35, 25–30
Pts: LeBron James 29
Rebs: LeBron James 11
Asts: LeBron James 14
Pts: Kevin Durant 33
Rebs: Kevin Durant 13
Asts: Stephen Curry 11
Golden State leads series, 2–0
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, James Capers

The Warriors won Game 2 over the Cavaliers, 132–113, to improve their best start in NBA playoff history to 14–0. Their fourteen-game win-streak is the longest postseason win streak in NBA history. Golden State surpassed Cleveland's thirteen game win-streak, which dated back to Game 5 of the 2016 Finals. The Warriors also hit an NBA Finals record 18 three-pointers on 43 attempts, with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant hitting four threes apiece and Draymond Green connecting on three of his own from behind the arc. Warriors Coach Steve Kerr returned from illness to coach from the sideline for the first time since April 19, 2017. In what was a high scoring affair for both teams, the Warriors held a slim three-point lead (67–64) at halftime and a four-point lead (86–82) past the midway point of the third quarter before outscoring the Cavs 35–17 through the middle of the fourth quarter. LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 29 points while grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out 14 assists, and Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving added 27 and 19 points, respectively.[14]

For the Warriors, Durant scored 33 points with 13 rebounds, while Curry had 32 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 11 assists. With his eighth triple-double of the Finals, James moved into a tie with Magic Johnson for the most Finals triple-doubles in the league. Game 2 was the first postseason game since 1970 where two opposing players each had a triple-double. Golden State took a 2–0 series lead heading into Cleveland for Game 3.[15]

Game 3[edit]

June 7
9:00 pm
Golden State Warriors 118, Cleveland Cavaliers 113
Scoring by quarter: 39–32, 28–29, 22–33, 29–19
Pts: Kevin Durant 31
Rebs: Stephen Curry 13
Asts: Draymond Green 7
Pts: LeBron James 39
Rebs: Kevin Love 13
Asts: LeBron James 9
Golden State leads series, 3–0
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Ed Malloy, Ken Mauer

The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 118–113 to extend the longest winning streak in NBA playoff history to 15 games.[2] Golden State became the first team in the four major sports leagues in North America to go 15–0 in the postseason.[16] The Warriors got off to a torrid start, hitting an NBA Finals record 9 three-pointers in the first quarter, resulting in an early 39-32 lead. During the quarter, the Cavaliers got a scare when LeBron James bumped into his teammate Tristan Thompson trying to guard Klay Thompson, but James stayed in the game. The Warriors finished the first half with 12 made three-pointers, another NBA Finals record for most threes in a half, and led 67–61. However, the Cavaliers started to show some life to start the third quarter, going on a 10–2 run to lead 71–69. They led 94–89 after three quarters of play and 113–107 with 2:32 remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors scored 11 unanswered points to steal the road win and take a commanding 3–0 series lead heading into Game 4.[17] During the game-ending run, Kevin Durant drilled the go-ahead three-pointer for Golden State with 45.3 seconds remaining and Iguodala blocked Lebron James' potential game-tying 3.

Durant led the Warriors with 31 points, going 4-for-7 from behind the arc that included the winning basket. Klay Thompson added 30 points on 6-of-11 shooting from three-point range, and Stephen Curry scored 26 points on 5-of-9 shooting from downtown to go along with 13 rebounds. For the Cavaliers, James had 39 points, falling one assist shy of a triple-double with 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Kyrie Irving added 38 points but struggled from beyond the arc, going 0-for-7. Despite stellar performances from both James and Irving, Cleveland finished the game a dismal 12-of-44 from three-point range, compared to the Warriors 16-of-33 performance on three point shots.[citation needed]

Game 4[edit]

June 9
9:00 pm
Golden State Warriors 116, Cleveland Cavaliers 137
Scoring by quarter: 33–49, 35–37, 28–29, 20–22
Pts: Kevin Durant 35
Rebs: Draymond Green 14
Asts: Stephen Curry 10
Pts: Kyrie Irving 40
Rebs: James, Thompson 10 each
Asts: LeBron James 11
Golden State leads series, 3–1
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Mike Callahan, Marc Davis, John Goble

The Cleveland Cavaliers led wire-to-wire as they avoided a Finals sweep by Golden State to rout the Warriors 137–116, ending Golden State's NBA postseason record winning streak at 15 games to start the 2017 playoffs. The game was notable for shattering a number of NBA Finals records. The Cavs scored 49 points in the first quarter, the most points of any period in a Finals game, en route to scoring 86 points for the first half, which was the most points scored in a half. They also hit 13 three-pointers in the first half, which broke the Finals record for most threes in a half set last game by the Warriors. The Cavaliers finished the game with 24 three-pointers, which easily broke the Finals record for the most threes in a game set by the Warriors in Game 2. Both the Cavaliers and Warriors combined to score a total of 154 points in the first half, which is another Finals record for most points by any two teams in a half.[18]

LeBron James tallied his ninth triple-double of the Finals (31 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists), surpassing Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles in a championship series. His highlight reel came three minutes into the third quarter when he threw a pass off the backboard to himself, finishing with a powerful dunk. James also passed Michael Jordan for third all-time in points scored in the Finals. Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 40 points, breaking out of a shooting slump from behind the arc by going 7-for-12. Kevin Love added 23 points on 6-of-8 from downtown, and J. R. Smith had 15 points, all on 5-of-9 from three-point range, including a deep shot from 30 feet in the second quarter to beat the shot clock buzzer. Kevin Durant scored 35 points to lead the Warriors, but their other three superstars were held to under 20 points each as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green managed 14, 13, and 16 points respectively. Cleveland trails the Finals, 3–1, as the series shifts back to Oakland.[19]

Game 4 was also notable for a number of testy incidents. As the teams prepared for a jump ball with 1:56 left in the first quarter, Green was called for a hard foul for throwing an elbow at Iman Shumpert. Green was trying to plead his case when Warriors head coach Steve Kerr simultaneously argued with the officials, who then called a technical foul on Kerr, although it was mistakenly recorded as a foul on Green. With 7:19 remaining in the second quarter, Dahntay Jones was inexplicably whistled for a technical foul sitting on the Cavaliers bench for trash talking at Durant, who was on the floor. With 7:26 remaining in the third quarter, Love fouled Durant from behind on a layup attempt. Durant claimed he was hit hard in the forehead, and James exchanged words with him, leading to a double-technical on the pair as well as a type 1 flagrant foul on Kevin Love.[20] About a minute later, Green picked up what appeared to be his second technical foul of the game, which would have forced an ejection. However, the officials confirmed that the first technical was on coach Kerr, not Green as originally recorded. Late in the third, Shumpert and Zaza Pachulia got involved in a mini scuffle when battling for the loose ball, with Pachulia hitting in the direction of Shumpert's groin and Shumpert retaliating. At the same time, a Cavaliers fan, named Todd Leebow, charged onto the court to shout at Matt Barnes during the Warriors huddle as the officials were replaying the incident. Shumpert and Pachulia were assessed double technicals, and Leebow was escorted out of the arena by security personnel.[21]

Many in the media and on Twitter commented on the refereeing in this game, calling it "a disaster" and "a sideshow".[22][23][24][25]

Game 5[edit]

June 12
9:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 120, Golden State Warriors 129
Scoring by quarter: 37–33, 23–38, 33–27, 27–31
Pts: LeBron James 41
Rebs: LeBron James 13
Asts: LeBron James 8
Pts: Kevin Durant 39
Rebs: Draymond Green 12
Asts: Stephen Curry 10
Golden State wins series, 4–1
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Danny Crawford, Ed Malloy, Derrick Stafford

The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers with a score of 129–120 to win the series 4–1. With this win, the Warriors 16–1 postseason record is the best winning percentage (.941) in NBA playoffs history.[3][26][27] LeBron James and Kyrie Irving tried their best to combat the Warriors offense but were unable to overcome a bad night from Kevin Love, who only had six points and a game low minus-21 in his 29 minutes, and the Cavaliers bench, which was outscored 7 to 35 by the Warriors' bench.[28] The Cavaliers did come out aggressive early while Golden State dealt with a series of turnovers.[29] Though the Warriors trailed 41-33 with 10:14 left in the second quarter, they chipped away at that deficit and eventually were able to take a 45-43 lead.[29] David West got tangled up with Irving while fighting for the ball with 3:08 left before halftime.[30] After J.R. Smith pushed West from behind, Tristan Thompson entered the tussle and went face-to-face with West while each jawed at one another. West, Thompson and Smith all received technical fouls after the officials reviewed the replay.[31] A 28-4 run pushed Golden State ahead, just after it looked like Durant committed his third foul on a basket by James that was not called.[31][29] The Cavaliers were barely able to hold on, trailing by 11 at the end of the half. Cleveland responded in the third quarter by outscoring the Warriors 33-27 to cut the lead to five and eventually to as little as three, but could not withstand the offensive barrage by the Warriors in the fourth.[29] Kevin Durant hit a 17-foot fadeaway over James early in the fourth quarter, then assisted on a Andre Iguodala 3-pointer the next possession as the Warriors began to pull away for good.[31]

Kevin Durant, who was defeated in the 2012 NBA Finals when his Oklahoma City Thunder were finished off 4-1 by LeBron James' Miami Heat, returned the favor by scoring a team high 39 points in the 4-1 series defeat of James' Cavaliers while being honored as the 2017 Finals MVP. Stephen Curry added 34 points, 10 assists and six rebounds alongside Draymond Green's 12 big rebounds. Andre Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, showed up big off the bench with 20 points.[31] LeBron James finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists and became the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double in the NBA Finals, in his eighth appearance. Kyrie Irving was the Cavaliers second leading scorer with 26 points on 9 of 22 from the field. J. R. Smith scored his 2017 postseason-best 25 points while going 7 of 8 from beyond the arc.[31]

With the win at Oracle, the Warriors became the first Bay Area team to win a championship in their home city since the Oakland A's beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1974 World Series.[31]

Rosters[edit]

Golden State Warriors[edit]

2016–17 Golden State Warriors roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 22 Barnes, Matt 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 226 lb (103 kg) 1980-03-09 UCLA
G 21 Clark, Ian 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1991-03-07 Belmont
G 30 Curry, Stephen (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1988-03-14 Davidson
F 35 Durant, Kevin (C) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1988-09-29 Texas
F 23 Green, Draymond (C) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1990-03-04 Michigan State
G/F 9 Iguodala, Andre (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1984-01-28 Arizona
C 15 Jones, Damian 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1995-06-30 Vanderbilt
G 34 Livingston, Shaun 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 1985-09-11 Peoria Central HS (IL)
F 5 Looney, Kevon (Injured) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1996-02-06 UCLA
F 20 McAdoo, James Michael 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1993-01-04 North Carolina
G 0 McCaw, Patrick 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1995-10-25 UNLV
C 1 McGee, JaVale 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 270 lb (122 kg) 1988-01-19 Nevada
C 27 Pachulia, Zaza 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 275 lb (125 kg) 1984-02-10 Georgia
G 11 Thompson, Klay (C) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1990-02-08 Washington State
F 3 West, David 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1980-08-29 Xavier
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: May 31, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers[edit]

2016–17 Cleveland Cavaliers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 20 Felder, Kay 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 176 lb (80 kg) 1995–03–29 Oakland
F/C 8 Frye, Channing 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1983–05–17 Arizona
G 2 Irving, Kyrie (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1992–03–23 Duke
F 23 James, LeBron (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1984–12–30 St. Vincent-St. Mary HS (OH)
F 24 Jefferson, Richard 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 233 lb (106 kg) 1980–06–21 Arizona
F 30 Jones, Dahntay 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1980–12–27 Duke
F 1 Jones, James 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 1980–10–04 Miami (FL)
G 26 Korver, Kyle 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 212 lb (96 kg) 1981–03–17 Creighton
F 0 Love, Kevin (C) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 251 lb (114 kg) 1988–09–07 UCLA
G 4 Shumpert, Iman 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1990–06–26 Georgia Tech
G 5 Smith, J. R. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1985–09–09 Saint Benedict's Preparatory (NJ)
C 40 Tavares, Walter 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 265 lb (120 kg) 1992–03–22 Cape Verde
C 13 Thompson, Tristan 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1991–03–13 Texas
G 31 Williams, Deron 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1984–06–26 Illinois
F 3 Williams, Derrick 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1991–05–25 Arizona
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: May 8, 2017

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
Golden State Warriors
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Barnes, MattMatt Barnes 5 0 1.8 .333 .500 .000 0.2 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.6
Clark, IanIan Clark 4 0 11.1 .438 .273 1.000 1.0 0.8 0.3 0.0 4.8
Curry, StephenStephen Curry 5 5 37.7 .440 .388 .897 8.0 9.4 2.2 0.0 26.8
Durant, KevinKevin Durant 5 5 39.7 .556 .474 .927 8.4 5.4 1.0 1.6 35.2
Green, DraymondDraymond Green 5 5 35.4 .345 .280 .667 10.2 4.8 1.6 0.6 11.0
Iguodala, AndreAndre Iguodala 5 0 28.2 .529 .333 .333 3.2 3.4 1.2 1.0 8.6
Livingston, ShaunShaun Livingston 5 0 15.0 .536 .000 1.000 1.0 1.2 0.2 0.0 6.6
McAdoo, James MichaelJames Michael McAdoo 4 0 2.8 .667 .000 .000 0.5 0.0 0.3 0.0 1.0
McCaw, PatrickPatrick McCaw 5 0 6.8 .273 .200 1.000 2.0 0.4 0.2 0.0 2.2
McGee, JaValeJaVale McGee 4 0 5.6 .667 .000 .750 2.5 0.8 0.0 0.5 2.8
Pachulia, ZazaZaza Pachulia 5 5 13.2 .538 .000 .400 2.8 0.4 0.4 0.0 3.2
Thompson, KlayKlay Thompson 5 5 36.5 .429 .425 .714 4.8 2.2 0.4 0.2 16.4
West, DavidDavid West 5 0 10.0 .588 .000 .500 2.0 0.6 0.0 0.6 4.2
Cleveland Cavaliers
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Frye, ChanningChanning Frye 1 0 11.2 .200 .000 .000 3.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 2.0
Irving, KyrieKyrie Irving 5 5 40.3 .472 .419 .900 4.0 4.4 1.0 0.2 29.4
James, LeBronLeBron James 5 5 42.4 .564 .387 .649 12.0 10.0 1.4 1.0 33.6
Jefferson, RichardRichard Jefferson 5 0 16.6 .444 .111 .667 2.4 0.4 0.2 0.2 5.8
Jones, DahntayDahntay Jones 3 0 3.5 .667 .500 1.000 1.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0
Jones, JamesJames Jones 3 0 2.8 .000 .000 .000 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Korver, KyleKyle Korver 5 0 19.3 .368 .313 1.000 1.2 0.4 0.2 0.2 4.4
Love, KevinKevin Love 5 5 32.2 .388 .387 .800 11.2 1.0 2.2 1.0 16.0
Shumpert, ImanIman Shumpert 5 0 13.3 .235 .222 .800 1.6 0.4 0.6 0.4 3.6
Smith, J. R.J. R. Smith 5 5 29.2 .541 .581 .333 1.3 0.3 0.8 0.0 11.8
Thompson, TristanTristan Thompson 5 5 26.4 .545 .000 .667 5.8 2.6 0.6 0.6 5.6
Williams, DeronDeron Williams 5 0 12.2 .125 .111 .000 1.6 1.2 0.4 0.0 1.0
Williams, DerrickDerrick Williams 3 0 3.4 .333 .500 1.000 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 2.3

Broadcast[edit]

In the United States, the NBA Finals aired on ABC with Mike Breen as play-by-play commentator, and Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy serving as color commentators. ESPN Radio aired it as well and had Marc Kestecher and Hubie Brown as commentators. ESPN Deportes provided exclusive Spanish-language coverage of The Finals, with a commentary team of Álvaro Martín and Carlos Morales.[citation needed]

Television ratings[edit]

Game Ratings
(households)
American audience
(in millions)
1 10.5[32] 18.7[32]
2 10.7[32] 19.7[32]
3 11.3[33] 20.0[33]
4 10.7[34] 19.0[34]
5 13.5[35] 24.5[35]
Avg 11.3 20.4

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mike Brown served as interim head coach during the playoffs from April 22 until June 1 (Game 3 of the first round until Game 1 of the Finals), while Steve Kerr recovered from back surgery complications. He led the Warriors to a 13-0 record.[1]

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  12. ^ "KD keys Warriors to Game 1 rout of Cavs". ESPN. June 1, 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017. 
  13. ^ "NBA finals Game 1: Cleveland Cavaliers 91-113 Golden State Warriors – as it happened". Guardian. June 2, 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017. 
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