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Golden State Warriors: Five things to watch in NBA Finals

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USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick breaks down how the Warriors seem primed for revenge in this year’s NBA Finals against the Cavaliers.
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Five things to keep an eye on as the Golden State Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year.

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The Steph factor

For all the focus on Kevin Durant and his debut appearance in this Cavs-Warriors three-match, it’s Steph Curry who holds the key to their title hopes. And after his subpar showing in the 2016 Finals that took so much shine off the league’s brightest star, the odds are that the back-to-back MVP is about to make amends.

Curry was fantastic during the Warriors’ unprecedented 12-0 postseason run-up to these Finals, with only one stat needed to illuminate that impressive reality: His plus-minus mark of plus-215 is – to this point – the highest mark on record since the NBA started tracking it in 1996. The goal now, for him and the Warriors? To keep that trend going, and certainly to greatly…

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