The Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors and the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers, for the first time in National Basketball Association history, will face each other for a shot at winning the league title for the third consecutive season. The Cavaliers, who in 2016 ended a sports title drought the city of Cleveland had been living under since 1964, are aiming to repeat.
Check out the first play, with a few different angles... Talking to a guy like Gregg Popovich or great college coaches, they take some of [the analytics] into account, but it's knowing your guys. "Try as much as we could to make up, we had a lot of talent sitting in suits".
It definitely helps, but you can't go off paper. You have to relish the moment. We don't care anything about ratings. Now, two stacked teams that have dominated their divisions for the past three seasons will meet again in a rubber match to determine who shall stand on the mountaintop. For those who don't, a promise that may very well come true in this time of Super Teams - see you next year in the Finals.
In the National Football League - before the Super Bowl era began - the Detroit Lions topped the Cleveland Browns in 1952 and 1953, with the Browns getting retribution in 1954. If you do, you may just regret it, just like last June. That Yankees' roster was packed with Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Waite Hoyt and Herb Pennock. Unbelievably, this already-loaded Warriors' roster from a year ago - led by Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green - got better by adding superstar Kevin Durant.
The Warriors are the first team to win their first 12 games of the postseason, sweeping all three rounds so far.
"Maybe I'm made up differently", Brown said yesterday at media day in Oakland.
Welcome back to the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant.
After being asked about the graffiti, James stated, "No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, you know being black in America is tough".
National Basketball Association fan Adam Silver wants to see more competition in the league.
"What happened in the past in my mind doesn't really count now unless we go out and finish the deal", Thompson said. "So other than that, feeling fresh". For the third year in a row, the Cleveland Cavaliers will square off against the Golden State Warriors. Obviously shots are falling.
Aside from LeBron James, the Cavaliers are lacking in good defensive options when it comes to handling Durant's length, quickness and scoring ability. Mistakes are easier to teach to a team that isn't on a 19-game winning streak.
To all the experts and fans out there who tried to be clever and stick it to the status quo by picking teams other than the Cavs and Warriors to reach the NBA Finals, stop it. NBA fans should know that the best teams tend to win a seven-game series, and these are clearly the two best teams in the league. He's going for his fourth title.
"You lose Kevin, an All-Star, lose Kyrie, another All-Star", LeBron James said after the defeat, per Fred Kerber of the New York Post. "Because then you become complacent".
After noting that the vandalism had intruded on "one of the greatest sporting events that we have", James said that if the incident keeps the conversation about racism alive, "then I'm OK with it". And to think that some people are saying that he is now playing his best basketball of his career is truly scary, in a good way. Yet he hadn't felt well enough in the previous days to feel like he was ready.
The Warriors knocked out the Cavaliers 113-91 in Game 1 on Thursday, using a 10-0 run late in the third quarter to cruise to the blowout win. Brown had two stints as coach in Cleveland, leading the team to the playoffs five straight times from 2006-10 before returning for a one-year stint in 2013-14 when the Cavs won 33 games.