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The 2016 NBA Conference Finals

Who is going to win the Conference Finals? Will Oklahoma City surprise Golden State three more times? Or, can Toronto upset the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Cleveland may not sweep Toronto, but, then again, the Cavs just might. No team has been hotter in the Playoffs then the Cavaliers. They have played the minimum amount of games heading into the Conference Finals and took Game 1 against the Raptors without many problems.

Toronto isn’t going to go down without a fight. Led by Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, the Raptors defeated the Cavs 3-1 in the regular season, so the team is capable of hanging with Cleveland.

But to compete, the Raptors have to get Jonas Valanciunas back after he sprained an ankle in Game 3 against the Heat. He had been playing really well up to that point and clogged up the paint offensively and defensively. But, he has been ruled out for Game 2 against the Cavs.

The Cavaliers swept the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks in the first two rounds of the Playoffs. And began the Conference Finals with a victory. They are 9-0 so far and with the way team is playing could go into the NBA Finals playing the minimum amount of games.

Cleveland has also looked unstoppable throughout the Playoffs. The team set an NBA Playoff record with 25-threes made in single game and hit 77 of them over a 4-game stretch. The team shot 36 percent throughout the season, but have upped that to 45 percent in the Playoffs.

Don’t be surprised if the Cavs sweep this series too, but the Raptors should be able to pull out a game in Toronto.

Oklahoma City and Golden State started their series on Monday night with the Thunder to much surprise winning it. Two nights later though Golden State got revenge with a blowout victory.

The Thunder were the only team to defeat Golden State at home this season and had won three-straight road games against the Spurs and Warriors, who went a combined 79-3 at home this season.

Kevin Durant put up 26 points and 10 rebounds to help lead the Thunder with the help of Russell Westbrook’s 27 points and 12 assists. The two combined to score or assist on 78 of the team’s 108 points.

But in Game 2, Durant put up his usual type numbers with 29 points but committed eight turnovers, while Westbrook put up 16 points and 12 assists. However, no other Thunder player scored in double digits.

The Warriors proved Wednesday night why they hadn’t lost consecutive games in over a season. They clicked on all cylinders. They got to loose balls, played hard defensively and knocked open and contested shots.

Steph Curry was knocking down shots without even watching the ball after he released it. Andre Iguodala hit a layup when he threw the ball up towards the backboard after being fouled by Russell Westbrook.

The Warriors knocked down 13-threes and Steph put on a show during the third quarter as he scored 15 straight points and 17 for the quarter.

The Thunder still have a chance to win the series after eliminating Golden States home-court advantage. But, it will be difficult since the Warriors don’t seem to lose two games in a row.

The Warriors should be able to take the series in six but don’t look past the Thunder to push them in this series and potentially win.

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