NBA Finals invitations have gone out to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 2015 NBA Finals schedule has already been set as well, with the Cavaliers just waiting on the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets to decide the Western Conference champion. The Cavaliers easily defeated the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night (May 26), completing a four-game sweep of the Eastern Conference Finals. The series never seemed close, especially when LeBron James started taking over games. The Cavaliers will still have to wait, though, to find out where they will play Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals.
James played barely 29 minutes in Game 4, making a huge impact even during those limited minutes. He finished with 23 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists, helping the Cavaliers out-score the Hawks by 20 points when he was on the court. James has elevated yet another team to the NBA Finals, closing in on what could be a third NBA title for the future hall-of-famer. It also became the fifth-straight season where he led a team to the finals.
The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets each finished with a better record than the Cleveland Cavaliers during the NBA regular season, meaning the NBA Finals will open in the West. Game 1 will take place on June 4 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. Game 2 will follow on June 7, with ABC airing it at 8 p.m. ET. The next two games will head to Cleveland, and take place on June 9 and 11, with ABC providing the TV coverage at 9 p.m. ET each night.
As previously reported on the Inquisitr, the Cavaliers already lost Kevin Love to a shoulder injury, meaning he still won’t be back when the NBA Finals get started. Both the Rockets and Warriors will provide difficult match-ups for the Cavaliers, especially with how good some of their shooters have been. The Rockets have All-Star players Dwight Howard and James Harden leading the charge, while the Warriors bank on the scoring of Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.
Should the 2015 NBA Finals schedule extend beyond the first four games, Game 5 will be in the West on June 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Game 6 would be on June 16 in Cleveland, and Game 7 would be on June 19 at the home of the Western Conference champion. Both games would take place at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. The network has to be excited about the potential of a LeBron James vs. Stephen Curry NBA Finals match-up. With the Warriors up 3-1 on the Rockets in that series, the team could clinch on Wednesday night (May 27).
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