No surprise: It's Cavs-Warriors in the NBA Finals, again

May 28, 2017, 04:43
No surprise: It's Cavs-Warriors in the NBA Finals, again

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers open their title defense as underdogs against the Golden State Warriors as the NBA Finals get underway next week.

"Now is the moment of truth", Lacob told The Washington Post. "We have a bigger goal in mind".

"Now, we're going to try to win it". The best players will play on any court to any crowd, but the advantage the Warriors have coming into the final series, rested, undefeated, and looking strong, can't be denied.

Cavaliers: James has scored 30 or more points in 11 of Cleveland's 13 games this postseason. "So I didn't think I could be Mike".

The Warriors are 43-14 in the playoffs the last three years.

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If you don't want to rile up friends and relatives over the long weekend, you might also steer clear of the James-Jordan comparison.

"I'm a competitive guy".

The responses from Lacob and Thompson are emblematic of the feelings throughout the entire Warriors organization.

The Warriors don't really need more bulletin board material considering they've been something of a laughingstock since blowing a 3-1 lead in last year's Finals, but Lue was evidently happy to give them a little more ammo.

For the third straight year they'll face the Warriors for the crown. It would be a colossal disappointment. You got to come out every night and prove yourself. But the Warriors knew this part was expected. They somehow finished second in the East, leading to questions about whether they could truly "flip the switch" come the postseason.

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As the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors prepare for their third consecutive NBA Finals meeting, one can't assume a fourth will occur, meaning the result of this rubber match could be how historical conclusions are drawn, specifically for LeBron James.

"Man, I hit him with punches that'd bring down the walls of a city", Frazier said. "We appreciate this opportunity".

"Playing in this league, you can't take anything for granted", Warriors guard Stephen Curry said.

The Cavs didn't add an MVP talent in the offseason, but Kevin Love is playing as good as he ever has with the Cavaliers during this playoff run and the midseason addition of Kyle Korver has given Cleveland another excellent outside shooter.

He finished the game with 35 points, booking his seventh straight finals appearance as the reigning champion Cavs wrapped up a 4-1 victory over the Celtics in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.

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But what all National Basketball Association fans will hope to see is a long, healthy series where neither side loses a key player, unlike their previous two series where the Cavaliers lost Irving and Kevin Love in 2015 and the Warriors had Bogut injured and Draymond Green suspended for the pivotal game five a year ago. Golden State won in 2015 and Cleveland won last season despite trailing 3-1 in the series. They get to enjoy sitting back for a bit and watching who comes to the table when the Celtics-Cavaliers series comes to an end.

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