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USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt breaks down the complete team effort the Cavaliers will need in order to beat the Warriors.
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Five things to keep an eye on as the Cleveland Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year.

RELATED: Five things to watch, Warriors edition

Playoff LeBron

The argument can be made that LeBron James – the NBA’s all-time leading playoff scorer who’s climbing the list in other statistical categories – is performing at the highest level of any of his postseasons.

At age 32.

James continues to do a lot of everything, and he does it better than anyone else, averaging 32.5 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, 2.2 steals and 1.4 blocks and shooting 56.6% from the field and 42.1% on three-pointers in the playoffs. When James was on the court in the first three rounds, the Cavs scored 122.3 points and allowed 102.2 points (per 100 possessions).

He presents matchup challenges for any opponent and is adept at finding the mismatch and right play on most…

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