Casual NBA fans will have to resist the temptation to take a "been there, done that" attitude toward these Finals.
More than in any other series, Durant has faced adversity not only as a member of a team, but as an individual - now triumphantly having figured himself out within a series and en route to a second-straight NBA Finals.
When coupled with the looming superstars on the Warriors they'll face, Vegas assumes it's a recipe for a lopsided series.
Finals action starts later this week when the Warriors host Game 1 on Thursday and Game 2 on Sunday.
This is the first season the league has forced a Game 7 in each conference final series since dating way back in 1979, when the Bullets and Spurs went the extent in the east and the Sonics and Suns battle for the west.
The Cavaliers opened as a +650 underdog in the series.
With or without Iguodala, the Warriors are the biggest favorites to win in the Finals since 2001. He made the first free throw to tie it, missed the second.
The Warriors have won two of the three previous meetings, with the Cavaliers taking the 2016 crown after a miraculous fightback from 3-1 down. "When you walk off the court with a win and get this fancy hat, it's a good feeling", Curry said.
After such a successful season, Fertitta knows that signing the 2 players will be their top priority.
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Curry drained one of those way-out-there 3-pointers that have been hard to come by this postseason to beat the halftime buzzer and Golden State shot 13 for 36 from deep.
Kevin Love will not be suspended for leaving the bench and being on the court during an altercation in the closing seconds of Clevelands 124-114 overtime loss Thursday night. And then LeBron James did things that only LeBron James can do in Game 6 and Game 7.
While it seems odd at first that this is the biggest underdog James has ever been in the Finals, some added contemplation actually gives the concept strong credence.
"LeBron's one of those guys that in order for you to be great like that, you've got to do it, day after day after day", Durant said. Houston, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers are all rumored destinations for James, who has a player option for the 2018-19 season with Cleveland.
Rules allow officials to go to replay in the final 2 minutes of regulation or in overtime to determine if a defender attempting to draw a charge was in the restricted area. They relied a little too much on the 3-point shot.
The Wall Street Journal: "The Warriors and Cavs Will Meet Again".