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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. But during that time the first round was played best of 5, not best of 7. Despite this, Brown is focused on Golden State’s goal and that is to win. That Yankees’ roster was packed with Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Waite Hoyt and Herb Pennock. Think back … we had the Lakers and Celtics.

Kevin Durant: A former NBA MVP shocked the basketball world last year when he made a decision to leave his longtime team to join the Warriors who’d come within a game of winning last year’s title. Overall, including the regular season, the Warriors have won 27 of their last 28 games.

“Picking my spots, being assertive, as I mentioned, and just filling in the gaps where we know that ‘Bron, being our leader, and Kyrie are going to be special”, he said.

The Warriors also have a likely healthier Curry, their leading scorer.

Despite being named the NBA’s first-ever unanimous MVP in 2016, Curry has dealt with other labels his entire career, including being called “soft”. “We didn’t come in with the right mindset”. However Curry has failed to deliver memorable performances in his previous two Finals experiences, putting pressure on the star to deliver and redeem the teams failures past year.

“He was always in the right spot at the right time“, said Warriors guard Stephen Curry. “So other than that, feeling fresh”. He missed the first series between these teams and was bad previous year when he averaged just 8.5 points on 36.2 percent from the field. They’ll complain about the lack of competitive parity, and say that it’s making the world’s biggest and best basketball competition too predictable. “Can’t get caught up in your shot falling or not”. Cleveland isn’t star poor with James, Love and Irving.

In one corner, you have James, a three-time NBA MVP who last June brought a trophy back to his long-suffering hometown. He’s going for his fourth title.

“You use different things as fuel and motivation, but in some ways, it nearly has to be the right thing because so much is fluff and stupid, for lack of a better word, but I think both teams have a lot to prove, and it’s going to be a really hard-fought matchup”. “It’s definitely exciting. I feel blessed to be in this position to compete for a championship”.

“But I’m not a complacent person”. Sometimes I may address the team first, then he’ll go.

With 12-1 in the playoffs, the Cavaliers are the first Eastern Conference team to reach the National Basketball Association finals with one or fewer losses since the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan (1995-96).

It’s tough to get more even than this. Cleveland will have to slow down a team that has been clobbering teams by 16.3 points per game in the postseason.

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