As the NBA Finals draw closer, it’s becoming increasingly clear the two-time defending champions will have to do some serious rebuilding.
If they’re going to get past the Cavs in the Finals, it will have been thanks to a rejuvenated LeBron James and a team that has already beaten LeBron twice in six games.
This team has the talent to contend, and the talent can be a huge asset.
But that talent doesn’t come cheap.
Here’s how to watch this series on the biggest players and teams in the NBA.
NBA Finals schedule for March 10-19: NBA Finals (Thursday, March 10) The Cavaliers and Warriors have both beaten the Cavaliers twice in the past six games, but this will be their first visit to Oracle Arena since Feb. 25.
The Cavs have won three straight in the series.
Golden State will look to sweep the Cavs twice in a row, including a Game 6 victory over Cleveland on Feb. 22, 2018.
LeBron James vs. Kyrie Irving: The Cavs won Game 1 of this series, but lost Game 4 in a blowout at Oracle Arena.
The Cavaliers, who won the first two games, won Game 4, 102-91.
Kyri Irving vs. LeBron: This is the best matchup of this pair in the playoffs.
The reigning MVP has had some struggles the past two years with injuries, and Irving is coming off a Game 7 comeback win over Cleveland that was the Cavs’ first win since LeBron James retired.
Kevin Durant vs. Russell Westbrook: The Warriors’ second-round series with the Cavs was a blow-out.
The Warriors won Game 2, 114-96.
Kevin Love vs. Derrick Rose: The Spurs had an easier series than the Warriors, which could mean a playoff rematch between the two in San Antonio.
The Spurs, who beat Golden State in six and lost in six, lost in Game 3, 116-99.
Kevin Garnett vs. Brandon Roy: The Clippers lost Game 1, 118-97, and beat the Heat in six.
Kevin Martin vs. James Harden: This series could go either way, with the Warriors winning in six by a point, but the Heat would have to lose to beat the Cavs to take home the title.
Stephen Curry vs. Kawhi Leonard: The Heat defeated the Clippers in seven, but they needed Leonard to score 30 points to win.
Kyler Murray vs. Isaiah Thomas: The Kings and Thunder won Game 3 in seven and Game 4 by one point apiece.
Paul George vs. Damian Lillard: The Blazers have beaten the Cavs once in six contests, but a sweep against Golden State would be a great sign of progress.
James Ennis vs. Dwyane Wade: The Bulls lost Game 3 at home in six with Derrick Rose out with a sprained ankle.
This series will be a test of what Wade has been able to do with the Bulls.
Dwane Casey vs. Rajon Rondo: The Celtics lost Game 2 in six after winning Game 1 by five points.
The Celtics would have won Game 5, 112-100.
Hassan Whiteside vs. Kyle Korver: The Pelicans lost Game 5 to the Warriors in five, but beat the Warriors again in Game 4.
James Young vs. Trevor Ariza: The Thunder beat the Suns in six on Sunday, but fell in the semifinals to the Lakers.
Damian Jones vs. Jimmy Butler: The Rockets lost Game 6 in seven with Derrick Favors out with an injury, and Jimmy Butler had 24 points.
Josh Richardson vs. Al Horford: The Hornets lost Game 7 to the Spurs in five and have won the next three.
James Jones vs, J.R. Smith: The Raptors won Game 6 on Friday, but lose Game 5 in five.
Andrew Bogut vs. Kevin Willis: The Bucks lost Game 9 to the Grizzlies, but won Game 7 in seven.
Joe Harris vs. Tim Duncan: The Hawks lost Game 10 in five after beating the Thunder.
Jason Kidd vs. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: The Knicks won Game 10 on Friday and lost Game 11 in six to the Clippers.
Andre Drummond vs. Joakim Noah: The Pistons lost Game 12 in six despite Derrick Rose scoring 32 points.
They’ve won the past three, but could win this series in six again.
Gerald Henderson vs. Ty Lawson: The Lakers lost Game 13 in five but beat Golden States by one, 108-98.
Derrick Favor vs. Andre Iguodala: The Timberwolves lost Game 14 in six at home, but defeated the Thunder in Game 12.
Zach Randolph vs. Mike Conley: The