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At his annual state-of-the-league address at the Finals, Silver spoke on a number of topics before Game 1 - including what's perceived as a lack of parity.

The 2017 Finals will be his second trip -having faced (and lost to) LeBron James and the Heat as a member of the Thunder in 2012.

Game 1 is Thursday at Oracle Arena, where the Cavaliers won their first championship previous year by becoming the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the finals.

That series turned when Green was suspended for Game 5 and James and Kyrie Irving took over from there. I think they trade shots, maybe even seeing Golden State going up again, before the Cavs really turn it up, forcing another Game 7 at the Oracle.

The time for talking is just about over as the two most dominant teams in each Conference square off for the third straight season when the 2017 Finals tip off on Thursday night in Oakland.

Stephen Curry started the game wearing a sleeve over his elbow, then got rid of it quickly - and made two 3-pointers late in the quarter, including one officially from 31 feet that looked much deeper.

Jack Fitzpatrick: Coming off a historic 3-1 collapse, the Warriors needed to get bigger in the offseason in order to matchup with the size and strength of Cleveland. "This is probably going to be my biggest challenge and I'm ready for it". Durant is a slender shooter, not a post player.

The acquisition sent quakes throughout the National Basketball Association and all but assured the Warriors, who went on to post the league's best record, a ticket back to the Finals. Their size will cause mismatches all over the place and send the heavily favored Warriors home disappointed for a second straight season.

"Throughout my 13-year career", James said.

All seem to agree on the Golden State Warriors winning. Nearly an afterthought, which is risky, is Klay Thompson, nearly as good a shooter as Curry is. He had etched his niche as kryptonite for James, who averaged 24.8 points and 5.8 turnovers in those first four games last June.

"It's definitely unique", Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said.

When asked recently about the Finals matchup, Golden State's jump-shooting wizard Steph Curry referred to Cleveland as the "quote unquote" National Basketball Association champions.

Total viewership for the 2017 playoffs is up over a year ago, despite a high number of blowouts and predictable outcomes - particularly in the Western Conference, where Golden State swept through its bracket with 16 consecutive wins and no losses.

October 29, 2003: James had 25 points, nine assists and six rebounds in his first game, a 106-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings.

May 25, 2017: The Cavs beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 to win the Eastern Conference finals 4-1 and secure a third straight NBA Finals matchup against the Warriors. Warriors players talk about gaining confidence in Brown - his game management, his substitution patterns.

Los Angeles Police Department officer Aareon Jefferson told CNN that they had received a call Wednesday morning to say that the n-word had been painted on the Cleveland Cavaliers star's gate. But it would be a heavy lift for this year's series to match last year's in ratings.

To say that this Warriors teams in the mightiest opponent LBJ has ever faced in the Finals is in no way an understatement.

This matchup has seemed ordained since James walked off the court in Oakland last June, having delivered his native northeast OH its first major team championship since 1964.

The Warriors will win the series if Durant continues to play well. Durant played well, averaging 30.6 points and shooting 55 percent but James came out on top. No points in the final 16 minutes was shocking, and another slow first half in Game 4 (before he exploded to finish with 34 points on 55.6 percent shooting) wasn't great either.

This week, the 6 God went to Instagram with a throwback pic of himself and Finals-related caption. This is what we live for as basketball players to be playing in these type of games that matter the most. Boston Celtics, averaging 22.6 points - a career best in any playoff series - and 12.4 rebounds. "He's put us in a great position". "If you don't have a game seven, it's hard to do that". "I mean, just being assertive and just very confident on both sides of the ball in my movements".

Sammy Criscitello: The best National Basketball Association team of all time added the second best player in the league to their roster, how are we even debating this?

The teams with the rings, of course, have little need to play hypotheticals.

"No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough", said James, who was visibly shaken. Leave us a comment or tweet at us with your thoughts.