Photos: Why matchups are swinging the Finals dynamic on the court

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The battle continues when Game 3 tips off Wednesday night.

The game is won -- and lost -- in the trenches. It's a maxim that is most often said about football, but it very much applies to basketball, particularly playoff basketball. When the calendar turns to June, the game is at its most physical, as two teams scratch and claw -- sometimes literally -- to gain every advantage possible in their quest for the Larry O'Brien Trophy. This year's Warriors and Cavaliers, two teams known more for their high-powered offenses than their tough defenses, are no exception.

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The Cavaliers have attempted to make Stephen Curry work to get free off the ball -- with more success in Game 1 than in Game 2.

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When LeBron James has found an open driving lane, its usually come with a Warriors defender at the end of it, making his ability to finish through contact key for the Cavaliers.

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The Cavaliers have been switching off the ball on defense, leading to mismatches that Stephen Curry exploited in Oakland, and will look to do again in Cleveland.

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The assignment to stop LeBron James has foiled many a defender, and even someone as talented as Kevin Durant has to resort to grabbing hold whenever he can.

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Stephen Curry can turn the smallest bit of daylight into an open 3-pointer, meaning Cavs defenders will have to stick close -- probably even closer than this -- to keep him in check.

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When the Cavaliers do manage to chase Stephen Curry off the line, theyll need to do a better job of keeping bodies between him and the rim as he drives.

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The Warriors strategy through two games this series has been clear: If LeBron James has two feet in the paint, then he needs two bodies surrounding him as well.

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There has been no love lost between these two teams, as clutching and grabbing off the ball has at times turned into extracurricular activity, with Draymond Green often at the center of it.

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