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ESPN to re-air 2016 NBA Finals, if you’re into masochism

On Wednesday night, ESPN will re-air Games 5 and 7.

Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) forces a turnover to Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala (9) against Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) in the first quarter of Game 7 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, June 1 Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images

On Wednesday night, ESPN is forcing Golden State Warriors fans to make the ultimate decision: Choose between two very severe levels of pain.

On the one hand, Warriors fans can do what they’ve done over the last few weeks, and live in a world devoid of basketball. Ouch.

On the other hand, Warriors fans can watch basketball — high level basketball, no less —while also sobbing into their pillow and raiding their alcohol stash. Also ouch.

Yes, that’s right, on Wednesday night ESPN is re-airing Game 5 and Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, in which LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and the Cleveland Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals, thus ruining the Warriors record-setting 73-win season.


The games will air at 4 p.m. PT and 6:30 p.m. PT, respectively, on Wednesday, as part of ESPN’s NBA Wednesday Nights, which will air memorable games through all of April.

If you want to wait for less painful games to watch, ESPN’s got you covered, as each Wednesday in April will feature a pair of games at those 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. slots.

On April 8, it’s Games 6 and 7 of the 2013 Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs. On April 15, it’s Game 5 of the 2009 Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic, followed by Game 7 of the 2010 Finals between the Lakers and Boston Celtics.

April 22 brings Games 4 and 6 of the 2008 Finals between the Lakers and Celtics, and the festivities end on April 29 with Game 5 of the 2004 Finals between the Lakers and Detroit Pistons followed by Game 5 of the 2014 Finals between the Heat and Spurs.

But first, it’s pain for Warriors fans, and jubilation for everyone else. If you can stand the hurt, Game 7 of the 2016 Finals is objectively one of the best games in NBA history. But spoiler: It doesn’t end well.

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