Let's count down to NBA Finals by ranking top plays by Cavaliers, Warriors

The 2017 NBA Finals may be one of the most talented championship-round matchups of all-time, with three MVP winners and more than half a dozen All-Stars set to square off. With all that talent, there figures to be all sorts of memorable moments throughout the series. 

While we wait for Game 1, let's revisit some of the awesome plays these guys already made this season. Here are the best plays from all 10 starters on the Cavaliers and Warriors, ranked. 

The criteria the plays were scored on are as follows, with the best possible score being five, and the worst being 1:

  • Difficulty
  • Coolness
  • Importance

Let's get into it:

1: LeBron James - Game-tying 3-pointer vs. Wizards

  • Difficulty: 5
  • Coolness: 5
  • Importance: 5
  • Total: 15

Along with being LeBron's personal best, this was one of the most spectacular plays in the whole league. Simply making that catch and getting a clean look before the buzzer was impressive, never mind actually getting it to go. 

2: Kyrie Irving - Winner vs. Warriors on Christmas

  • Difficulty: 4
  • Coolness: 4
  • Importance: 5
  • Total: 13

Sure, the stakes weren't quite as high, but just like he did in Game 7 of last season's Finals, Kyrie hit the winner over the Warriors on Christmas in one of the season's most memorable games. He did it in style, too, a fadeaway right in Klay Thompson's face.

3: Draymond Green - Block vs. Blazers

  • Difficulty: 5
  • Coolness: 4
  • Importance: 3
  • Total: 12

Even though it happened in Game 1 of the Warriors' first-round series, this is still one of the best plays of the postseason. This was just incredible, especially considering that Draymond had to scramble to get in position, was off balance, and still got up high enough to reject the dunk.

t4: J.R. Smith - Late 3 vs. Pacers

  • Difficulty: 4
  • Coolness: 3
  • Importance: 4
  • Total: 11

This is why they call him J.R. Swish. Unfortunately for him, the Pacers came down the other end and tied things back up to prevent this from being a winner, but that doesn't take away from how clutch this shot was. 

t4: Kevin Durant - Double block vs. Spurs 

  • Difficulty: 4
  • Coolness: 5
  • Importance: 2
  • Total: 11

KD's double block on Dejounte Murray was easily one of the coolest plays all season. I still really don't know how he was able to pull that one off. 

t6: Stephen Curry - Halfcourt shot vs. Clippers

  • Difficulty: 5
  • Coolness: 4
  • Importance: 1
  • Total: 10

We didn't get as many insane Curry plays this season, but he we did get a few, including this all-net half-courter against the Clippers. The craziest thing is pretty much everyone assumes these shots are going in. 

t6: Zaza Pachulia - Pass vs. Kings

  • Difficulty: 4
  • Coolness: 4
  • Importance: 2
  • Total: 10

Zaza's whirling kick-out was definitely the most surprising entry on this list, but there's no denying this was a pretty sick pass. 

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8: Kevin Love - Outlet pass vs. Pacers

  • Difficulty: 3
  • Coolness: 3
  • Importance: 3
  • Total: 9

Yet another example of his incredible outlet passing. This one gets a few bonus points because he did it so quickly on the inbound pass off a made shot. 

9: Klay Thompson - 3-pointer to get 60 vs. Pacers

  • Difficulty: 2
  • Coolness: 3
  • Importance: 3
  • Total: 8

No matter how lopsided a game is, anytime you get a 60-ball is impressive. And that Thompson did so on only 11 dribbles makes it even more so. 

10: Tristan Thompson - Block vs. Thunder

  • Difficulty: 3
  • Coolness: 3
  • Importance: 1
  • Total: 7

This block really didn't mean all that much, as the Cavs were already up 13 in a regular-season game, but it was still a pretty sick block. 

NBA Writer

Jack Maloney lives and writes in Milwaukee, where, like the Bucks, he is trying to own the future. Full Bio

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