Stephen Curry completely understands the rubber-match nature of the 2017 NBA Finals. James won his first title in 2012 with Miami in a five-game series over Durant and the Thunder. And the way Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving has been playing, it makes it even harder. Let the Warriors score 103 points, they're nearly certainly going to win.
The series kicks off tomorrow (1 June) in the Golden State stadium in Oakland, California, and will continue until 18 June, unless one team wins the final beforehand. "To be headed to the NBA Finals is a great way to combat all that talk". A video game simulation has them going the distance. "Golden State hadn't won it in 40 years".
My head wants to pick the Warriors in a sweep, becoming the first team ever to go 16-0 in the NBA Playoffs a year after being the first team to win 73 games in a season. After posting the best single-season record in NBA history and being one game away from a championship, Golden State added arguably the second-best player in basketball. I think the star power will be too much for the Cavs in the end despite Cleveland having the best player in the world. James was called for the foul, Green converted and the Warriors, a ideal 13-0 in the postseason, had their biggest lead to that stage, 22 points, 90-68. Does the Cavs defense hold up early and can the shooters hit the open 3-pointers they'll likely get to help quite what will be a loud Oracle Crowd? It's just so rare for someone who was sacked in the middle of a contract to end up on a Finals-bound team, while the team he was sacked from also heads to the Finals.
The Warriors are a powerhouse, but the Cavs are 12-1 in the playoffs and give themselves a shot no matter who else does.
That series turned when Green was suspended for Game 5 and James and Kyrie Irving took over from there.
All I can say to Cavs fans as we get closer to game time is: Enjoy this. He elevates the Warriors in every category, averaging 25.2 points per game in the playoffs.
How complete was the Golden State domination? But this also may be the best all-around version of James, who is averaging 32.5 points on almost 57 percent shooting, and adding 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game.
This prank comes at the beginning of a contentious series between the Cavaliers and the Warriors. Two things stand out about Warriors-Cavs III - the rivalry that has blossomed between these two teams, and their overall greatness. Iguodala has shot the ball poorly in the postseason but the 2015 NBA Finals MVP will be on the floor plenty anyway because of his other contributions.