Poll: Is Warriors vs. Cavaliers a legitimate rivalry?

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Before Monday night's 126-91 blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James said that he doesn't believe the two teams -- who have played each other in the past two NBA Finals -- are rivals.

"I don't think we have a rival in our game today," James said on Sunday. "We've had two great Finals appearances the last two years, but I had the same with San Antonio when I was in Miami. We weren't rivals. And I think I played those guys more, so I wouldn't look at it as rivals."

Following the big win, Warriors forward Draymond Green told reporters he disagrees with James' assertion that it's not a rivalry.

"Yeah, I think this is a rivalry," Green said. ""It's definitely fun. A team that you beat, beat you, it's definitely fun. If you look at the last two years and this year, we've been the top two teams in the league each year, and so I look at it as a rivalry, and it's definitely a fun game to play in."

Now it's your time to decide:

Even if James and Green have opposing views on whether this is a rivalry, there is no denying the physicality and chippiness that both teams play with in these games. Monday night, Green was assessed a flagrant foul 1 when he collided into James at half court. During the 2016 NBA Finals, Green was suspended for Game 5 after swinging his arm at James in Game 4 and being assessed a flagrant 1.

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