Golden State, Cleveland Ready To Play For NBA Crown

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While an argument can be made that Durant and Curry will be in the running for best player in this series, LeBron will take that honor. The phone gets a blue makeover in that signature "NBA blue" hue, and it features antenna lines along the edges that are painted yellow, so overall it looks a lot like a Golden State Warriors uniform. Pachulia is back and ready to go after missing two games in the Western Conference finals with a heel injury. The Warriors won at least once in Cleveland in each of the last two NBA Finals, part of their franchise-record streak of 14 straight series with a road victory. In the end, I believe the addition of Durant will be too much for the Cavs. However, the three teams Golden State faced were the 8 seeded Trailblazers, a Jazz team without George Hill and the Spurs, minus Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker. Seems like he has done a pretty darn good job so far.

Ugh, the Cavs. They're better than they were previous year. They have all the talent in the world, but they don't have it.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Kevin Durant drove through the lane untouched for dazzling dunks.

Don't get upset when Steph Curry hits a bunch of threes in a row and smiles through that mouthpiece.

"Look", he told the hometown Oklahoman newspaper, "LeBron James is the biggest name in all sports". How can Kyrie not remember splashing that three in Curry's face? But Steve is so conscientious about the players - and you know the storyline and all these other things - that he wants to make sure that he feels good enough to come back and do it on a full-time basis and not rock the boat with anyone or not cause a distraction from our team. With all this said, James is still listed as the third favorite (+240) to win the finals MVP behind Durant (+200) and Stephen Curry (+210). The only thing that kept Cleveland in the game in the first half was the usually brilliant play from James and Irving and several missed layups by Golden State. And the one they leave to Kevin Love (lol) will definitely go off. He blew past Cleveland's big men, finished easily in the paint and made quick passing decisions when facing smaller defenders. And what about Klay Thompson? I would not be with the way they're playing and I in. They will most likely win this series. That's not going to get it done against the Warriors.

Golden State became the first team in National Basketball Association history to start the playoffs 12-0.

As for slowing down Thompson, I think the Warriors are better able to do that than at any other time during the last two seasons.

Both teams can shoot it and shoot it really well. "That's the only pressure I worry about", said Durant. He has a knack for cleaning up the offensive glass - something that will be key in limiting Warriors possessions.

Five years on, and Kevin Durant is back in the NBA Finals. "And if not, then it doesn't take away from it". Maybe you're not a huge Warriors (or Cavaliers) fan.

Play LeBron tight, and he'll blow by you and force another defender to slide over for help, thus leaving a shooter open somewhere else. Dropping 38 points on Utah during "The Flu Game", sniping Cleveland's Craig Ehlo with "The Shot", taking the soul of Utah's Byron Russell with a Game 1 buzzer beater, his switching of hands as he floated through the lane during the 1991 Finals against the L.A. Lakers. His.537 field goal percentage in the regular season is.049 points above his career average.

Now, all the focus of this Finals is on LeBron and KD. The 2017 NBA Finals series is the ultimate grudge match.

As unsafe a scorer as he is from outside or driving to the hoop, James also threatens by being able to find teammates such as Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love with passes when defenders focus too much on him. The Warriors will play their best players for the majority of the minutes and with rest between games fatigue shouldn't come in to play.

The news conference was supposed to be about the start of the National Basketball Association finals Thursday - but the first question to LeBron James wasn't about dealing with the Warriors' Draymond Green.