Finals pick up where they left off with Cavs-Warriors III
07:38, Jun 2, 2017
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This time around they'll need even more heroics from the likes of James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to trump a star-studded Warriors side that has Kevin Durant in its lineup and Stephen Curry in his best ever postseason form. It's the first time in National Basketball Association history that two teams will face off for a third straight season, and this year the Warriors come with some added firepower with the signing of the century: Kevin Durant.
The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers clash in the NBA Finals for the third straight season and the festivities begin Thursday in Oakland, Calif. This is Durant's best chance yet. "So all over the course of the years throughout his journey, I've always had an open-door policy with KD".
ABOUT THE CAVALIERS:Small forward LeBron James averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists in last season's Finals and has been superb this postseason with averages of 32.5 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
"He's special in so many ways".
In 2015, James carried the Cavaliers on his back when Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love went down with injuries. "His approach, his routine and just his relentlessness in chasing that greatness is special to watch".
"I felt like when I got here, I could fill in some gaps, fill in some holes just in the way these guys approach the game and the level of seriousness it takes every single day", West said. He's the best to do it.
"If we were going to rule him out..." Cleveland rang up 116.3 points per game against Boston, led by 29.3 per game from LeBron James.
According to ESPN, Durant could take less money than the potential max extension that he could have earned in order to keep other players with the Warriors. That's just too much firepower to overcome, though LeBron will bust a gut trying.
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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. When those shots are falling, it opens things up for James , giving him the option to drive to the basket or post up.
"I've had a week off", Thompson said. "I got a promotion when I got to the 30s".
"... Being a competitor, you want to be able to help your team win and be a factor and I've gotten the opportunity and I'm blessed to do that (with the Warriors)".
Of the 17 that picked the Warriors, two picked them to win in seven games, five picked them to win six, five picked them to win in five, and five picked them to win in four.
"The most unfortunate part is that I can't be with my kids right now", James said.
They added Durant in the offseason to an already sparkling roster featuring two-time MVP Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and finished with a 67-15 win-loss ratio, narrowly short of the record 73-9 they managed last regular season.
For me, the most pressure is not LBJ or KD ... it's about Steph.
"Everything that happened in the past, it happened and I learned from it and hopefully it makes me better this time around".
Making James work harder defensively in guarding Durant could be one of the keys to the series.
The Cavaliers dropped to 10-1 in the post-season with their first loss since game four of last year's finals against Golden State. In addition to G Marcus Smart , F Amir Johnson also rejoined the Boston lineup after being replaced by Gerald Green in Game 2.
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That hardly sounds like James, who not too long ago declared his confidence by noting, "I'm the best player in the world". So with that behind them, what do the Cavs have to worry about? Actually, it doesn't even keep you in the NFL.
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