The Warriors and the Cavaliers will meet in the Finals for a third consecutive season, and the rivalry between the two teams has never been more intense.
Familiarity breeds contempt, after all, and with legacies on the line during a battle for the league's ultimate prize, the entertainment value should reach an all-time high as the game's best players leave it all on the court.
Here are the five best things about the rivalry between the Warriors and Cavaliers.
These teams shoot all of the threes
The Cavaliers actually attempted more three-point shots per game than the Warriors did during the regular season, and made them at a higher percentage. Both teams averaged more than 31 attempts from beyond the arc per contest, and with shooters like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, we should be in for one of the more epic shootouts from distance that we've ever seen in an NBA Finals matchup.
The trash talk is real
Things have gotten heated between these two teams on more than one occasion, and the trash talk, both on and off the court, is a big reason why.
James took exception to some on-court remarks made by Draymond Green in last year's Finals, Klay Thompson claimed LeBron got his feelings hurt, and then the Cavaliers proceeded to come back from a 3-1 Finals deficit, before rattling off 10 straight victories to open the 2017 postseason.
Then there are the not-so-subtle messages that LeBron and the Cavs have sent in Golden State's direction. There was the Halloween party that referenced the blown 3-1 lead, and there was James coming off the plane in Cleveland wearing an Ultimate Warrior T-shirt after he and his teammates had just vanquished Golden State.
These guys aren't afraid to mix it up verbally, and the shots back and forth are likely to continue the moment the third meeting gets underway.
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Multiple legacies are on the line
LeBron James has never been better, and thanks to his making an appearance in the Finals for a seventh straight season (along with plenty of downtime as we wait for the championship round to start), the discussion about whether he can catch Michael Jordan to become the greatest of all time has begun in earnest.
No matter where you stand on the topic, there's no question that taking down the Warriors as a huge underdog for the second straight season would only improve LeBron's standing in these never-ending debates.
But James isn't the only one with a legacy at stake.
Stephen Curry put together the best individual offensive season in NBA history in 2016, and won an MVP award for a second straight season because of it. Those two trophies (and his historic three-point shooting) already have him in the Hall of Fame conversation, but a second straight loss in the Finals -- especially after adding Kevin Durant to a 73-win squad -- would put an unsightly blemish on an otherwise sterling résumé.
And speaking of Durant, the only way this season doesn't end poorly for him is if he caps it off by winning his first-ever NBA title. And even if he does, there's a certain segment of NBA fans who will still never forgive him for tipping the balance of power in the league so favorably in the Warriors' direction.
It involves the game's biggest stars
Some might complain that because of the massive amount of talent stacked on the rosters of the Warriors and the Cavaliers, the playoffs became boring -- an uncompetitive wasteland with an entirely predictable result.
That might be true, but we're about to be rewarded for wading through that muck.
When Golden State and Cleveland tip off things in the championship round yet again, we're going to see a ton of star power on the floor. LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant are three of the game's top five players, and All-Star caliber players like Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will flank them on the floor.
Not only are we watching an extended rivalry develop between the league's top teams at the height of their powers, but we're seeing an unprecedented number of stars competing for a title all at the same time. It simply doesn't get any better than that.
The ultimate prize is at stake
Rivalries in the NBA typically take multiple playoff series to develop, but they rarely take place in the Finals anymore. They're far more common in the earlier rounds of the playoffs, when it's easier for a couple of teams in the same conference enjoy an extended period of success at the exact same time.
But Warriors-Cavaliers is something different entirely. Thanks to the whole super-team thing, they've been the favorites to come out of their respective conferences for three consecutive years, and have delivered on that promise every single time.
The ultimate goal is to play for a title, and these two teams have continued to have to go through each other to try to become champions. That only intensifies every possession as the years go on, and it'd be downright shocking if the 2017 NBA Finals don't go down as one of the the fiercest in recent history.