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Warriors CEO Lacob gets his wish: Rematch with LeBron's Cavs

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Warriors CEO Lacob gets his wish: Rematch with LeBron's Cavs

OAKLAND – Having seen his team recover from a 3-1 deficit to win the Western Conference Finals, Warriors CEO Joe Lacob is eager to get on with the series he has longed for since late last summer.

The Cavaliers, healthy and rolling, are coming to Oracle Arena for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

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“I can’t wait. I’m so excited. And it’s exactly the matchup that I, frankly, was dreaming of this year,” Lacob told CSNBayArea.com Monday night, after a 96-88 victory over Oklahoma City in Game 7 at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors last season defeated Cleveland in six games to win the championship. Insofar as the Cavaliers were without Kyrie Irving for the last five games and without Kevin Love for the entire series, there was considerable debate as to whether the Warriors caught a break.

Some coaches and former players implied that the Warriors were lucky to have played a short-handed Cavaliers team, with LeBron James as the only available star.

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Going into the rematch, both teams are fairly healthy. Cleveland sailed through the Eastern Conference playoffs, sweeping the first two series and eliminating Toronto in six games in the conference finals.

“I think I can speak for most of the team,” Lacob said. “We’re pretty excited to go play them again because of everything that was said after we won last year, that they weren’t full strength.

“And, apparently, LeBron wants us too. So it should be interesting.”

Warriors vs. Clippers live stream: Watch NBA playoffs Game 5 online

Warriors vs. Clippers live stream: Watch NBA playoffs Game 5 online

The Warriors have put the Clippers on the brink. On Wednesday night in Game 5 of their best-of-seven first-round series of the NBA playoffs, they have a chance to bring Los Angeles' season to an end.

Golden State has rebounded since coughing up a big lead in their Game 2 loss to win each of the last two games, including a 113-105 victory in Game 4 on Sunday. With a win Wednesday, the Warriors would advance to the second round, where they would await the victor of the first-round series between the Rockets and Jazz (Houston currently leads three-games-to-one).

Kevin Durant (28.8) and Steph Curry (25.0) have combined to averaged 53.8 points per game so far in the series, the second-highest scoring average for any duo in the playoffs behind Portland's Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum (57.4 ppg).

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Here's how you can watch Warriors-Clippers Game 5, as well as NBC Sports Bay Area's pregame and postgame coverage live on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

When: 7:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, April 24 (pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

Desktop users can stream the game here.

Warriors vs. Clippers Watch Guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

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Warriors vs. Clippers Watch Guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

OAKLAND - Last week, the Warriors left Oracle on the short end of the worst playoff collapse in NBA history. Now, the champs will look to close out the first-round series against the Clippers in Game 5 Wednesday night.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6 o'clock with Warriors Outsiders, followed by Warriors Pregame Live at 6:30 and a scheduled 7:30 pm tip-off. 

In parts of the series, the Warriors have shown stretches of complacency, squandering a 31-point lead in Game 2. With a second-round matchup with the Rockets on the horizon, Golden State will be wise to wrap up their current series as soon as possible. 

Here's everything you need to know about the matchup.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Kevin Durant 
F Draymond Green
C Andrew Bogut
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

Clippers
F Danilo Gallinari
C Ivica Zubac
G Patrick Beverley
G Landry Shamet
G Shai Gilgeous-Alexader

INJURY REPORT 

Warriors: DeMarcus Cousins (Left Quadriceps Tear) and Damian Jones (Left Pectoral Surgery) are out.

Clippers: None

ROTATION OUTLOOK 

Warriors

After shooting just 3-of-14 from the field Sunday afternoon, Curry will look to find his shot in a closeout game. 

The sharpshooter will also look to overcome his propensity to reach during the series. Over his last four games, Curry has accumulated 17 fouls, prompting him to etch the message "no" and "reach" on his shoes prior to Game 4. 

After reminding the media who he is, Durant is averaging 35.5 points, 6.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds over his last two games. 

Clippers

Gilgeous-Alexander scored a playoff career-high 25 points in Game 4 and has Golden State's attention. 

Meanwhile, the Warriors help neutralize Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams in Game 4 and will need a repeat of that defensive performance in Game 5. 

Last week, it looked as if the Clippers may have found the anecdote for the Warriors' All-Star cast of characters after LA took Game 3. However, after two dominant performances in Los Angeles, Golden State looks primed to close out the series Wednesday night.  

Officials: Marc Davis (#8), John Goble (#30), Pat Fraher (#26) Alternate: Gediminas Petraitris (#50)