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THE NBA FINALS
CAVALIERS AND LEBRON JAMES AND WARRIORS AND STEPHEN CURRY SET TO TAKE CENTER COURT IN THE FINALS
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-Cavs Look to Bring Home First Title in Franchise History; Warriors Hoping For First Title in 40 Years -
NEW YORK (BASN) – The Cleveland Cavaliers will meet the Golden State Warriors when The Finals 2015 tips off on ABC, June 4 at 9 p.m. ET. The Cavaliers are looking to capture their first NBA championship in franchise history, while the Warriors are trying to bring The Larry O’Brien Trophy back to the Bay Area 40 years after their last Finals win in 1975.
NBA fans in 215 countries and territories will watch, listen, and participate in this crowning event through an array of multimedia and digital technologies. Below is a look at NBA Finals 2015 By The Numbers.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors
· 10 – The Warriors are just the 10th team in NBA history to win 67 games in the regular season. Seven of the previous nine won championships.
· 3 – Golden State finished the regular season with 883 three-pointers, third most in NBA history; Cleveland had a franchise record 826 threes during the season, eighth most all time.
· 5 – Cleveland’s 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.
· 5,000 – Cleveland’s LeBron James is 195 points shy of 5,000 career postseason points and has a chance in this series to become sixth player to reach the milestone, joining Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Tim Duncan.
· 31 – Golden State’s Stephen Curry is the 31st regular-season MVP to appear in The Finals in the same season as winning the MVP award. The first 30 MVPs went 22-8 in The Finals.
· 2 – Cleveland’s David Blatt and Golden State’s Steve Kerr give The Finals two rookie head coaches for the first time since the league’s inaugural season (1946-47). The last rookie head coach to win The Finals was the Los Angeles Lakers’ Pat Riley (1982).
· 6 – Six players on NBA Finals rosters boast NBA D-League experience: Golden State’s Festus Ezeli, Justin Holiday, Shaun Livingston, James Michael McAdoo, Ognjen Kuzmic and Cleveland’s Joe Harris.
The Finals Spans the Globe
· 215 – The Finals 2015 will reach fans live in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages on their televisions, computers, mobile phones and tablets.
· 9 – There are nine international players on Finals rosters: Cleveland’s Matthew Dellavedova (Australia), Kyrie Irving (Australia), Timofey Mozgov (Russia) and Tristan Thompson (Canada), and the Warriors’ Leandro Barbosa (Brazil), Andrew Bogut (Australia), Festus Ezeli (Nigeria) and Ognjen Kuzmic (Serbia).
· 1 – With Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving and Matthew Dellavedova on one side and Golden State’s Andrew Bogut on the other, these Finals mark the first time Australians will go head–to-head in The Finals.
The Finals on ABC
· 10 – Mike Breen, the voice of the NBA Finals, will call the event for a milestone 10th consecutive season. This will be the seventh Finals together for ABC’s broadcast trio of Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mark Jackson (2007-2011¸ 2014, 2015).
· 20 – NBA TV will commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the Houston Rockets’ back-to-back championship seasons (1993-94, 1994-95) with Clutch City, a documentary that will be televised during The Finals on Monday, June 8 at 9 p.m. ET.
· 16.7B – NBA.com and NBA Mobile achieved all-time traffic records during the 2014-15 season with more than 16.7 billion page views and 4.2 billion video views combined. Additionally, the NBA Game Time App received a record 7.4 million downloads globally.
NBA Social Media
· 835M – The NBA has built one of the largest social media communities in the world with nearly 835 million fans and followers combined across all league, team and player platforms globally. The NBA added 250 million new fans and followers since the end of last season.
· 28.8M – Cleveland’s LeBron James and Golden State’s Stephen Curry garnered a combined total of 28.8 million mentions on Twitter since October for the terms “@KingJames” (1.8M), “LeBron” (14.4M), “@stephencurry30” (1.1M), and “Curry” (11.5M).
· 971 and 972 – The Boys & Girls Club of Oakland at the Ossian E. Carr Clubhouse and Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland’s Broadway Location will be the 971st and 972nd places created through NBA Cares where kids and families can live, learn or play in 27 countries and territories.