ESPN.com/SportsCenter Bill Simmons will provide live coverage of the NBA All-Star Game on ESPN on Thursday night (8 p.m.
ET) as the Warriors take on the Bulls for the NBA’s fourth title in five seasons.
The Warriors-Cavaliers matchup will air on ESPN, with Simmons reporting from the Golden State Arena.
Simmons’ Warriors-Bucks preview airs on ESPN.
NBA All-Stars have previously played in the All-star game, and Simmons’ Warriors team will be the first team in Warriors history to host the NBA Finals.
The Cavs, who have been a perennial contender, are the only team to have appeared in the tournament.
A win would put the Cavs in a playoff position.
Cavalier forward Andre Drummond and his team will have a chance to add to their All-NBA credentials, having played in both the 2016 and 2017 tournament.
Cleveland was one of the top teams in the West during the 2016-17 season and finished with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
It will be interesting to see if Drummond is the type of player who can play alongside Curry and the Warriors, as the former Warriors star struggled in Cleveland last season.
Drummond averaged 8.3 points and 3.7 rebounds last season, and his 3-point shooting was not quite as effective as it is now.
In 2016-2017, Drummond was a regular starter for the Warriors and averaged 16.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3 assists.
The All-Pro guard will be a key player for the Cavaliers.
The two players have played in each of the last two Finals, and Drummond won the 2017 title with Cleveland.
Golden State is currently playing for its third NBA title, but is just 1-1 in the playoffs after falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round.
New York will play the defending champions in the Western Conference finals.
The Knicks beat the Warriors in six games in 2017-2018.
Last year, the Cavs were eliminated from the playoffs by Golden State, which has been the top team in the East since the start of the season.
The Cavaliers and Warriors have a history of close games in the NBA playoffs.
In the 2015-16 season, Golden State won seven of the nine games it played in and the Cavs swept the series.