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Three Reasons Why the Cavs Will Win

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the NBA Finals for the second time in as many years, and LeBron James is making his sixth consecutive Finals appearance. But considering the firepower the Golden State Warriors possess, some people think the Cavs don't stand a chance. I do not subscribe to that theory.

Here are three reasons why I believe Cleveland will win the NBA championship:

One word: Health

Unlike last year, the Cavs are fully healthy this time around. The big three of James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love is finally intact when the stakes are at their highest, and they have their sights set on bringing Cleveland its first championship in 52 years.

Love was knocked out of the 2015 postseason after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the first round against Boston, while Kyrie Irving was walking wounded throughout the majority of the playoffs before getting ruled out of the Finals with a fractured kneecap after just one game.

James does not need to carry this team by himself anymore, and that should rightfully scare any club. The presence of Irving and Love takes usage away from King James, which means his efficiency will skyrocket. The Dubs will not be able to throw triple teams at Bron Bron anymore.

Shoot the J! Shoot it!

Cleveland loves to create offense via three-pointers, and they’ve made a living from beyond the arc throughout the course of these playoffs. The Cavs made 49 threes in the championship round last year without their best shooters, but they’re looking like a completely different squad now.

The Cavaliers set the record for most threes made in a four-game series against the Detroit Pistons in the first round (57) but then proceeded to eviscerate that number by raining down 77 trey balls against the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The wine and gold cooled off a bit versus Toronto, but they’ve established themselves as a fantastic perimeter shooting team.

The Warriors’ prowess from downtown is well documented, and both sides will almost surely smash the 2013 Finals record of 125 combined threes that was set between the Spurs and Heat. For once, Golden State does not have such a lopsided advantage in that category.

Improved support from the second unit

When James put the team on his back in the 2015 NBA Finals, there simply wasn’t enough of a supporting cast around him to complete the job. Fast-forward to 2016 and that’s changed completely. A healthy Love and Irving in the fold means the Cavs have a deep, talented bench that won't miss a beat when the superstars are riding the pine.

The trade deadline acquisition of Channing Frye from the Orlando Magic was another fantastic move by Cavs’ general manager David Griffin. The sweet-shooting veteran made a seamless transition into the lineup, improving Cleveland’s spacing tenfold by forcing opposing plodding big men to get out of the paint and chase him around the perimeter.

When you factor in the contributions of Iman Shumpert, Matthew Dellavedova, Timofey Mozgov and Richard Jefferson to go along with Frye, you get a solid bench unit that can go toe-to-toe with anyone.

Justin Hartling and I disagree on who will win the NBA Finals. You can read his three reasons why the Warriors will win the title here. Whose side are you on?

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