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Infographic: NBA Finals preview

LeBron James is back in the Finals for the sixth straight time, hoping to end the Cavaliers' title drought, while Stephen Curry and the Warriors seek a repeat after a 3-1 comeback in the West finals. Who has the edge? Let's look at the analytics.

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NBA Finals crucial to LeBron's legacy (1:39)
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Warriors the impetus to Cavs' changes (1:19)
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Curry, Warriors steal Thunder out West

Stephen Curry soaked in a Game 7 win over the Thunder in the conference finals. After the Warriors overcame a 3-1 deficit, a rematch with the Cavs awaits in the NBA Finals (9 ET Thursday on ABC).

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Stephen A.: Thunder can't continue with Westbrook at point guard (1:25)
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Golden State continues storied run with Game 7 win (1:45)
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Curry drains step-back 3 over Durant (0:18)
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Stephen A.: Curry showed up while Thunder stars didn't (1:42)
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Windhorst: One-year contract is Durant's best move (1:50)
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The Cleveland experience (2:58)
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Warriors flip the switch to take Game 7

The Warriors won Game 7 due to the amazing success Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson had against the Thunder's Steven Adams. How amazing? Take a look.

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Curry on Warriors' win over Thunder in G7

Warriors G Stephen Curry tells Marc Stein about his team's win over the Thunder in Game 7 of the West finals, Golden State's comeback from a 3-1 deficit in the series, preparing for a rematch with the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals and more.

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Shaq gives Stephen A. a kiss (0:53)
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The Steph Curry pregame warmup show (0:55)
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Warriors' road to Finals dotted with challenges (1:43)
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NBA teams' BPI chances in the playoffs

A daily look at the Basketball Power Index projections for the NBA playoffs, broken down by series.

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3️⃣ The Switch. After a conference-best 30-11 start, head coach David Blatt is fired and replaced by his top assistant Tyronn Lue. A new era begins. #CavsSeasonInADay [Credit: Mark Duncan/AP Photo]

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Houston Rockets have scheduled a 2 p.m. (CST) news conference on Wednesday to introduce Mike D'Antoni as their new coach.

ICYMI: Shaq gives Stephen A. a kiss

Stephen A. Smith was just trying to get through his SportsCenter hit. Shaquille O'Neal just wanted to make it memorable.

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LeBron: Never tell me the odds

Per Westgate Super Book, Golden State is a 5.5-point favorite to win Thursday's Game 1 and approximately a 2-to-1 favorite to win the series. LeBron James said: "Not my concern. I don't get involved in all of that -- underdog, overdog, whatever the case may be. It's stupidity."

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Riley Curry denies dad a kiss

The MVP was triumphant in Game 7 of the conference finals, but Steph Curry couldn't get a kiss from daughter Riley after the game.

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Durant starts thinking about free agency

Thunder forward Kevin Durant has started to think about his pending free agency, telling ESPN's Chris Broussard on Tuesday morning that he has several decisions to make and will sit down with those close to him to decide what he wants to do. Story

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1️⃣ The Return: On Dec. 20, Kyrie Irving came back from a broken kneecap suffered in the 2015 Finals. Smiles all around. #CavsSeasonInADay [Jason Miller/Getty]

Splash Bros. find new ways to surprise us

The 73-win Warriors reaching the NBA Finals shouldn't defy expectations. And yet Golden State's wild playoff ride has done so, making the latest Oracle celebration the sweetest yet. Keeps us on our toes

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