2015 NBA Finals Matchup Schedule
Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Game No. Date Day Host Time
1 Jun-05 Friday Golden State Warriors 6:30 am
2 Jun-08 Monday Golden State Warriors 5:30 am
3 Jun-10 Wednesday Cleveland Cavaliers 6:30 am
4 Jun-12 Friday Cleveland Cavaliers 6:30 am
5* Jun-15 Monday Golden State Warriors 5:30 am
6* Jun-17 Wednesday Cleveland Cavaliers 6:30 am
7* Jun-20 Saturday Golden State Warriors 6:30 am
All times mentioned are in IST
Games marked with * are if necessaryAll matches will be broadcasted live on Sony Six

Road to finals

Cleveland Cavaliers

Regular Season

Played Won Lost Home (W-L) Away (W-L)
82 53 29 31-10 22-19

Playoffs

Played Won Lost Home (W-L) Away (W-L)
14 12 2 6-1 6-1

Round 1: Beat Boston Celtics 4-0

Conference Semifinals: Beat Chicago Bulls 4-2

Conference Finals: Beat Atlanta Hawks 4-0

Game 1: Cleveland Cavaliers 97 Atlanta Hawks 89

Game 2: Cleveland Cavaliers 94 Atlanta Hawks 82

Game 3: Cleveland Cavaliers 114 Atlanta Hawks 111

Game 4: Cleveland Cavaliers 118 Atlanta Hawks 88

Team Roster

Name Position Jersey No.
Matthew Dellavedova Guard 8
Joe Harris Guard 12
Brendan Haywood Center 33
Kyre Irving Guard 2
LeBron James Forward 23
James Jones Forward 1
Kevin Love Forward 0
Kendrick Perkins Center 3
Iman Shumpert Guard 4
J. R. Smith Guard Forward 5
Tristan Thompson Center Forward 13
Anderson Varejao Center 17
Timofey Mozgov Center 20
Shawn Marion Guard Forward 31
Mike Miller Guard Forward 18
David Blatt Head Coach

Players to watch out for

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 26: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers brings the ball up court against the Atlanta Hawks in Game Four of the Eastern Conference FinalsLeBron James is deeply motivated to end the city’s half-century-old championship drought. To say he was brilliant from start to the end of conference finals is an understatement. Averaging 30.3 points 11 rebounds and 9.3 assists, the first player in post-season history to put up that statistical line, no one has ever witnessed a batter LeBron special in the playoffs. He just has to continue doing what he does best to give Cleveland a historic moment to celebrate.

Few players have ever possessed such marvelous control over the ball, as Kyrie Irving can weave his way through packs of defenders with the rock on a string. He’s capable of flat-out exploding, as he did during his 57-point performance in a comeback victory over the San Antonio Spurs—and he’s developed into one of the league’s most dangerous single-game scorers.

Quicken Loans Arena – Home of Cleveland Cavaliers

Quicken Loans Arena (commonly The Q), is a multi-purpose arena, in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States. The building is also home of the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL), the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League (AFL), and the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Basketball Tournaments. The Q seats 20,562 for basketball, including 2,000 in the club seats, and 88 luxury suites.

Golden State Warriors

Regular Season

Played Won Lost Home (W-L) Away (W-L)
82 67 15 39-2 28-13

Playoffs

Played Won Lost Home (W-L) Away (W-L)
15 12 3 7-1 5-2

Round 1: Beat New Orleans Pelicans 4-0

Conference Semifinals: Beat Memphis Grizzlies 4-2

Conference Finals: Beat Houston Rockets 4-1

Game 1: Golden State Warriors 110 Houston Rockets 106

Game 2: Golden State Warriors 99 Houston Rockets 98

Game 3: Golden State Warriors 115 Houston Rockets 80

Game 4: Houston Rockets 128 Golden State Warriors 115

Game 5: Golden State Warriors 104 Houston Rockets 90

Team Roster

Name Position Jersey No.
Leandro Barbosa Guard 19
Harrison Barnes Forward 40
Andrew Bogut Center 12
Stephen Curry Guard 30
Festus Ezeli Center 31
Draymond Green Forward 23
Justin Holiday Guard 7
Andre Iguodala Guard Forward 9
Ognjen Kuzmic Center 1
David Lee Forward Center 10
Shaun Livingston Guard 34
James Michael McAdoo Forward 20
Brandon Rush Guard Forward 4
Marreese Speights Center Forward 5
Klay Thompson Guard 11
Steve Kerr Head Coach

Players to watch out for

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 27: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against the Houston Rockets in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals

No wonder Stephen Curry is the league’s Most Valuable Player. Not only has he led his side for the first time in 40 years to the NBA Finals but also finished first this year in vote-getting for the All-Star game, dethroning LeBron James from that place. His killer punch is the ability to launch the 3-point shot from any corner of the court and that too at any point of the game that makes him a dangerous player to guard.

Klay Thompson no longer had to rely on his teammates for setup passes with such frequency, nor was he as limited to contributing from beyond the arc. His ability to work into the lane and score improved drastically, and that, coupled with his incredible work as a three-point marksman, allowed him to function as not just one of the league’s best scoring shooting guards, but as one of the league’s best scorers regardless of position.

Oracle Arena – Home of Golden State Warriors

Oracle Arena is an indoor arena in Oakland, California, located in the Coliseum Industrial area. It was originally constructed as the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena in 1966. It is the home of the Golden State Warriors. The seating capacity of the arena is 19, 596.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT…

The two Finals headliners, four-time MVP LeBron James and reigning MVP Stephen Curry, are both from Akron, Ohio, born in the same hospital 39 months apart. Curry was born there while his father, Dell, played for the Cavaliers in 1987-88, Dell’s only season with the team during a 16-year career.

The two are longtime admirers of each other. During Stephen Curry’s NCAA tournament run with Davidson in 2008, LeBron James reportedly asked Davidson for tickets and attended a game in Detroit. Curry scored 33 points (against Wisconsin) and brought James to his feet more than once. A week later, Curry went to see James and the Cavaliers play in Charlotte.

These are the two most popular players in the NBA. Stephen Curry received the maximum number of votes for the All-Star Game and LeBron James was second; James had the most popular jersey this season and Curry was second.

Both teams are overdue for a championship. The Cavaliers have never won an NBA title; their only trip to The Finals was in 2007, when LeBron James and Co. were swept by San Antonio Spurs. The city of Cleveland has a 51-year professional championship drought.

The Warriors, meanwhile, haven’t won a championship since 1975, their last appearance in The Finals, when, as a 48-win team, they pulled off one of the greatest upsets of all time by sweeping the 60-win Washington Bullets. The Warriors’ 40-year drought is the most years between Finals appearances in NBA history.

For the 2014-15 regular season, Curry also set a new record for most 3-pointers during a single NBA regular season when he finished with 286 3-point shots in 80 regular season appearances. The previous record also was held by Curry when in 2012-13 he finished with 272 3-pointers in 78 games.

By the end of the Western Conference Finals, which Golden State won 4-1 against Houston, Curry had hit 73 3-pointers in 15 playoff games, which is a record in itself.

LeBron James is the first player to play in five consecutive NBA Finals since Satch Sanders (1961-66), K.C. Jones (1959-66), Sam Jones (1958-66) and Bill Russell (1957-66) all accomplished the feat with the Celtics in the 1960s. James is the only non-Celtic to do it.

Cleveland’s David Blatt and Golden State’s Steve Kerr give The Finals two rookie NBA coaches for the first time since the league’s inaugural season (1946-47).

From the horses mouth

To be able to sit at a point in the season and see us at 19-20 and watching my team struggle and me sitting out two weeks. They wanted coach [David] Blatt fired; we needed a new point guard, could LeBron and Kyrie [Irving] be able to play together. So many storylines were going on. So to be here representing the Eastern Conference in The Finals, it’s special, very, very special. And for myself, I think we all here know how long it’s been since a champion has been in this city. You can try to not focus on it and say it’s not about that, but we all know it.

  • LeBron James after winning the Eastern Conference finals 

It’s special, I think, for everybody and the Bay Area to be proud of this accomplishment. It was kind of a weird feeling to celebrate knowing we have four more wins to a championship. You want to be proud and you don’t want to take for granted how hard it is to get to this point. But we got four more to go.

  • Stephen Curry after winning the Western Conference finals
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