The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors appear to be on a collision course. After playing each other in the last two NBA Finals, most expect the two to play again in this year’s Finals as well. If that happens, it would be the first time tow teams have played each other in the Finals three years in a row.
With the Cavs and Warriors set to face off on Christmas, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was asked if the Cavs’ rivalry stacks up the Lakers-Celtics matchups from the 1980s. And in his mind, it’s possible.
"Well, it's a lot of championships won in that era," Lue said. "But if both teams stay together and both teams continue to keep winning, it could be like that. They have a great team over there on the other side and we have a great team also, so when you talk basketball, you're going to talk Golden State, Cleveland, San Antonio. That's who you're going to talk about. And it's a great place to be in."
Now, the Cavs and Warriors would have to face off several more times in order to reach that level. The Lakers and Celtics make up the NBA’s definitive rivalry, as they faced off in the Finals four times in the 1980s and six times between 1961-62 and 1968-1969.
But they did never face off three times in a row. And in the current NBA, if the Cavs and Warriors do ultimately face off again, it would be historic. Even as it currently stands - with 2014-15 Finals being more competitive than expected, with the Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead in last year’s insanely competitive rematch and the amount of star power on both teams - Cavs-Warriors has made a mark on NBA history. The only question now seems to be is how much history can be written in the next few years?