The third consecutive meeting of the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers in the National Basketball Association Finals tips off Thursday night, and Twitter is all set with special hashtag-triggered emojis and stickers.
Fans who include #NBAFinals in their tweets will generate an emoji of the league’s Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, and the hashtags #DefendTheLand and #DubNation will spur special emojis for the Cavaliers and Warriors, respectively.
The social network also created the eight stickers pictured above, depicting a championship ring, the Larry O’Brien trophy and jerseys, headbands and foam fingers for both clubs.
Twitter said in a blog post that the Golden State and Cleveland players who have tallied the most mentions since the NBA postseason began are:
Finally, Twitter users see this series as a toss-up, with Twitter saying that based on conversation on the social network, 51 percent of fans are predicting a Warriors victory, versus 49 percent for the Cavaliers.