Stephen Curry Predicts Which Team Will Win Eastern Conference Finals

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In the event the Cleveland Cavaliers needed any additional motivation over the remaining 67 games of the regular season, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry provided them with a push following the Warriors’ game against the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

After that contest, Curry offered his opinion about the likelihood of the Warriors and Celtics meeting each other in the NBA Finals next June.

Boston’s 92-88 victory over Golden State improved their season record to a league-best 14-2. The Celtics have lost just once since their opening night defeat to the Cavaliers, a contest that saw them also lose their key free agent acquisition Gordon Hayward for the year because of injury.

In comparison, the Warriors dropped to 11-4 on the year, but have won two of the last three NBA titles and entered this season as the favorites to do so again. In each of the last three Finals, their Eastern Conference opponent has been the Cavaliers.

Since winning their first two games of the campaign, the Cavs have struggled and currently have an 8-7 mark on the year. In addition to trying to blend in eight new members of the roster, Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue has had to deal with injuries that have sidelined point guards Isaiah Thomas and Derrick Rose, along with center Tristan Thompson.

Thomas is continuing to rehabilitate an injured hip he had suffered last spring, when he was still a member of the Celtics. In August, he was the key part of a trade package to the Cavaliers that sent the disgruntled Kyrie Irving to the Celtics. Thomas isn’t expected to play his first game for Cleveland until January.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.