Two teams have never played each other three consecutive times in the NBA Finals, which would seem to make the possibility of the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors meeting for a third straight time a bit of a longshot. Instead, the league’s two best teams are favored to square off yet again in the 2017 NBA Finals, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Warriors started off the rivalry by topping the Cavaliers 4-2 in the 2015 NBA Finals before Cleveland won its first-ever league title last year after overcoming a 3-1 deficit.
MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside now has more rebounds in a season than any player in Miami Heat history. Now Miami needs him to rebound from another hand injury. Whiteside had 23 points and 14 rebounds before leaving late in obvious pain and with blood on his right hand, and the Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 112-97 on Tuesday night. He was getting stitches postgame to repair a cut between his middle and ring fingers, and the team said he will be evaluated again on Wednesday. Whiteside had a similar injury – same place, same hand – late in the 2014-15 season and missed three games. “It’s in the awkward place in his hand,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I know everybody will be thinking, `Oh, is this
Some say Don Nelson, who served two stints coaching the Warriors, was brutally honest, others insist needlessly cruel. If you werent, you knew it early and you heard it often -- as former Warriors center Adonal Foyle, who was on the roster for 10 seasons, discovered in 2006. Don Nelson told me the first day he showed up at the gym: You suck.