Cavs the champs but Warriors the favorites in the NBA Finals

As if the Warriors weren't powerful past year, they added MVP Kevin Durant, maybe the closest thing to LeBron James in the league. Kyrie Irving is adding 24.5 points and 5.6 assists per contest while Kevin Love posts 17.2 points and 10.4 boards per game.

"Want the Warriors? Like 'Bron said in his postgame presser, they've been right at the top, best team in the league three years straight now", Love said.

Asked if there was a "narrative" - his word - for the 2017 Finals, and he said "yeah, win championships". Check out the definitive 2017 NBA Finals on-feet guide and stay tuned for more updates throughout the NBA Finals right here on Sneaker News. James won his first title in 2012 with Miami in a five-game series over Durant and the Thunder.

Durant has often been regarded as the second best player in the league behind LeBron James.

However, the 26-year-old who was undrafted out of Belmont is a part of what might just be the best team ever.

And Warriors coach Steve Kerr agrees. If you go down position by position though, the Cleveland Cavaliers are actually the more talented team.

He's been mentioned on a level with Michael Jordan - I've chimed in on that subject - and for the most part it's deserved.

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The Cavs have won 9 straight road playoff games and they are now leading playoff team in field goal percentage (50.7%), three-pointers made per game (14.6), three-point percentage (43%) and offensive rating (120.7). In fact, while LeBron was going through his unusual mood in Cleveland against the Celtics, the guy who finished off Boston was Kyrie Irving.

"We've had a great season to this point, a great playoff run". They went on to lose the series. These two met twice during the season, with the home team winning and covering the spread in both instances. Thompson's shot has been off in the postseason, hitting just about 38 percent from the field, but his defense is probably more important than his offense now anyway as the usual primary defender against Kyrie Irving.

"I've had a week off", Thompson said. "But it was a reward because when you set out a goal and you're able to achieve that reward or achieve that goal, like all of us, then it's rewarding and you feel good about it". When those shots are falling, it opens things up for James, giving him the option to drive to the basket or post up.

But overall, Jones is tipping Warriors to win in five games.

Remember the shot that clinched the finals in Game 7 a year ago? The Cavs haven't been far behind, losing only in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final to Boston.

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