The Cleveland Cavaliers are still very much in the competition, and they are aiming to create history as the city is yet to win the main event - no Super Bowl victories, no World Series jubilation since 1948 and nothing from the Cavaliers in the last 46 years.
The Cavaliers played well to force Thursday's Game 6, keeping plenty of champagne from flowing at Golden State's arena a few days earlier. They are, however, still trailing the Warriors, 3-2. They will have to successfully overturn a 3-1 deficit in the Finals, which will be a new record.
The Cavaliers will want to keep under check BA most valuable player Stephen Curry, who has had one memorable game this series. He is also aware of his potential. Curry looked into his full form roll coming into the Finals, setting an NBA record for any playoff series with 32 three-pointers against Oklahoma City. He is averaging 22.2 points while shooting 42.4% in the Finals.
"I want to honestly play better and more consistent, but the situation is right now we're one game away from winning a second championship," Curry said Wednesday. "If I'm sitting here tomorrow night with another trophy and celebrating with my teammates, we can talk all day."
On the other hand,the Warriors have not much to celebrate leading up to Game 6. Center Andrew Bogut was declared out of the season after sustaining bone bruises in his left leg that requires six to eight weeks of recovery. Festus Ezeli is will be the best player to replace Ezeli.
Draymond Green is returning after a one-game suspension because of flagrant-foul accumulation. He watched Game 5 in a suite at the baseball stadium next to Oracle Arena. "I have strong belief that if I play Game 5, we win," he said.