The NBA Finals are a wild ride that’s about to get even wilder.
After two weeks of intrigue, the Finals will finally end on Monday night, March 5, when the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors meet at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
It will be the first time since 2011 that the NBA finals will end in a first-round game, and it will be a record-setting night for a playoff series.
In addition to the game itself, there will be plenty of other factors to consider.
Here are some of the wildest storylines of the Finals so far.
The Warriors are the only team to have a winning record this year, but they’ve also lost a ton of close games.
That’s partly because of injuries to Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, and partially because of a lack of a dominant frontcourt.
This season, the Warriors are 3-1 in the first round, and they’ve lost all four games.
Here’s how the teams compare on the offensive end, and how they stack up on the defensive end.
Curry leads the Warriors with a triple-double.
He’s scoring 29.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.
Curry is averaging 20.3 points, 7.1 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game, which is tied for fourth in the NBA, behind LeBron James (26.1), Kevin Durant (24.7) and Dwight Howard (22.4).
That’s the most assists by any player in the playoffs this year.
He is also the only player to average more than 20 points per game in the regular season and playoffs, which would be a first.
Curry has also been the most efficient player on the Warriors this year: He’s averaging 23.6 points per 100 possessions and is shooting 57.7 percent from the field, which leads the league in assists per 100 touches.
But the Warriors still have one of the most dangerous frontcourts in the league: The Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, are shooting 41.5 percent from three-point range.
They’ve also been outscored by 19 points per 120 possessions.
They have also outscaled their opponents by 11.8 to 5.3, which ranks ninth in the NFL.
James is averaging 21.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists per contest.
He has three double-doubles this season, and he’s scoring 27.7 points per contest while shooting 54.4 percent from deep.
He leads the NBA in assists and steals, and has been one of just two players to score 100 points and block 10 shots.
He also has scored more than 25 points in eight straight games.
He was named MVP of the NBA this year after averaging 22.7 per game during the regular campaign.
The Cavaliers have been the best team in the Western Conference all season long, and James has led the league with 29.1 points per night.
The MVP race is pretty even right now.
But Cleveland has struggled in recent weeks because of some injuries, and Kyrie Irving has played well in his place.
Irving has scored at least 26 points in five straight games, and his scoring average has been 26.4 points in those games.
But he has missed three games due to injury and has scored just 10.8 per contest this year (20.6 on the season).
The Warriors have been a strong team all year long.
They are third in the East and have a 2-1 record.
They’re also the first team in NBA history to win a Finals game in two different conferences.
They lost to the Miami Heat in seven games in 2015, and that series was decided in a best-of-seven series.
They then beat the Portland Trail Blazers in five games in the 2016 Western Conference Finals.
Curry had the MVP award in 2015 and 2016, but it’s been his best season as a member of the Warriors.
He averaged 29.5 points and 13.9 rebounds per contest in his first season as the MVP, and in 2017, he averaged 25.9 points and 15.8 rebounds per-game.
He had the second-most steals in the League in 2017.
He ranks second in the Finals in assists with 16.3 per game and is also fifth in steals per game with 1.8.
The Cavs are the best defensive team in all of basketball this year and the most dominant team offensively.
They rank second in points allowed per possession and third in defensive rating.
They also lead the league by allowing the second fewest points per possession (31.8) and the fewest turnovers per game (1.2).
This is the first playoff series in which LeBron James hasn’t been able to play because of an injury.
He missed the first two games with an injury, and then he missed the fourth game with a sore left knee.
It wasn’t until the sixth game of the series that he was able to come