“Why do I want to own team?” Game 1 is on June 1. Cleveland (38.4 percent) and Golden State (38.3 percent) finished the regular season with the sixth- and seventh-best 3-point percentages for a team in a single season (min. 2,000 3-pointers attempted).
“They’re the champions. We’re not”, said Kerr.
That said, nine Hall of Famers played in this series. Obviously it shows in their points per game and their assists per game. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were daunting enough with Harrison Barnes. They might also be better at things you thought were their weaknesses. Sam Jones, 1,143 / 64 7.
Durant is listed at 7-5, followed by?
“Right now it’s just time you have to block out everything”.
“I’ve played against Ray (Allen), KG (Kevin Garnett), Paul (Pierce), (Rajon) Rondo and Doc (Rivers)”, James said.
Contrary to what might be popular belief, the Cavs hit more three-pointers than the Warriors do and the Warriors score more points in the paint than the Cavs do. It is simply a matter of opinion, yet you would think otherwise based on the way some people constantly pit LeBron and MJ against each other.
Love – 17.2 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.8 BPG, 45.7 FG%, 47.5 3P%.
Cleveland Cavaliers, from left, Kevin Love, LeBron James, Kyle Korver and Iman Shumpert celebrate a basket during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Boston. Cleveland’s rugged glass-eater could be a hard matchup for the Warriors.
Pachulia – 6.1 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.4 BPG, 53.2 FG%. But it will still have been a full week since James and his crew actually played a real basketball game.
The victor receives the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, which was named after the former National Basketball Association commissioner in 1984. He’ll have the Cavs ready, and they can also count on him to keep them relaxed. Thompson will clearly have a bigger impact on every game for the Cavs, giving him the advantage in this matchup. The Cavaliers, for what it’s worth, are 3rd best at 1.199 PPP.
Analysis: The Warriors’ bench is significantly better at everything except 3-point shooting. Prior to that veteran teams like the Spurs, Pistons and 2006 Miami Heat won titles. Frankly, with James on the court, anything is possible – but can it reasonably happen against Golden State four times in seven games? But what he’s doing in Cleveland right now is perhaps even more defining. In last year’s playoffs, Kyrie shot 47% in these situations, scoring on 46% of these possessions (the difference is due to turnovers and free throws). They will succeed; shooting the ball well and limiting the Warriors transition 3’s.
After the team returned from Boston in the wee hours Friday morning, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue didn’t go to bed and immediately began working on a game plan to stifle Golden State’s powerful, multi-faceted offense.
James will push Golden State to the limit. Will Kevin Durant’s move away from Oklahoma City pay off?
Even more incredibly, the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead previous year to lose the title – a wound which will still be raw. With appearances on the covers of magazines like Sports Illustrated and SLAM and several nationally televised games, the buzz around LeBron was palpable, and he was quickly labeled as a can’t miss phenom. No outcome here is positive for Golden State.
“We are both playing at a high level and when you look back on it at the end of the day you’ll look back and say that was two great teams who competed for championships”. Durant has a much better team and has become a much more complete player now in his first season with the Warriors. That was a big reason he was named Finals MVP when the Warriors won the championship two years ago.