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Despite being the reigning champs, the Cleveland Cavaliers are betting underdogs entering the NBA Finals. He is about to go to his seventh straight NBA Finals and has already proven that he is the best in the world. He pointed to previous matchups against talented San Antonio and Boston teams in the postseason as great preparation for the Warriors. With James guiding them the Cavaliers navigated through the playoffs, and landed in the finals against Golden State. His erratic performances in the Finals the past two years coupled with the fact that Andre Iguodala won the Finals MVP the year before and Draymond Green would have likely won it last year if the Warriors won the Finals is taking away from Curry’s legend. Meanwhile, Love averaged a double-double with 22 points and 12 boards, shot 53 percent from three, and played some very solid defense, which reflected in his blocks (1.2 per game) and steals (1.4).

James and company must continue their spectacular play, as the Warriors will seek redemption for last year’s Finals loss.

They are going into Game 1 with a lot of faith. “It’s like, we’re in the NBA Finals“.

One more thing at stake for the Warriors is a chance to do something not many other teams can do nowadays.

Kerr hasn’t coached the Warriors since Game 2 of their first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Four-time MVP James, 32, has never had a problem mentoring younger players like Durant, 28, no matter what happens during the postseason.

LeBron James and Kevin Durant have trained together at least twice in their professional careers, including what was deemed “Hell Week” at the University of Akron during the 2011 lockout. In Game 5, James recorded 41 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists, but if my understanding of the stat is correct – “outright” meaning no ties – that won’t count since Kyrie Irving also had 41 points.

The Celtics can move on from the bitter loss and come out stronger next season as they hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 Draft.

“The Lakers with Magic Johnson went to the Finals during “Showtime” nine times in 12 years”, Riley said. “As of right now, I will not coach Thursday night”, Kerr said, via ESPN. He’ll again be at center stage this week as Cleveland meets Golden State in the third installment of their title trilogy.

1959-1966 – Boston wins the NBA Finals Championship for eight consecutive years.

After Golden State failed to repeat as champions following a campaign in which they had a record 73 wins during the 82-game regular season, they acquired Durant, by far the biggest prize of the free agent market. “I address the team quite a bit”, a seated Kerr told reporters Monday.

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