Barber: Comparing Warriors-Cavs III to other great rivalries

Golden State's offensive firepower with the trio of Curry, Durant and Klay Thompson will offer the ideal remedy for the Warriors to get the redemption they've been longing for all season long. Golden State Warriors' David West shoots during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. But to give him that much, the Warriors - who begin a third straight Finals appearance against the Cavaliers on Thursday night - would have to create cap space by renouncing the rights to key reserves Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. Last year's Western Conference Finals featured a seven-game series between the Warriors and Kevin Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder. We have the clear-cut best teams in the National Basketball Association - the Warriors representing the Western Conference, the Cavs representing the East - and both teams appear to be healthy. He said that LeBron's decision to leave the Cavaliers and join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat in 2010 was the catalyst for the lack of parity in the National Basketball Association today. A video game simulation has them going the distance. Bram is the associate editor of SB Nation Warriors site Golden State of Mind. The Wine & Gold have won nine straight Playoff road contests - second-longest streak in National Basketball Association history - dating back to Game 5 of the 2016 Finals, when the Cavaliers did the unthinkable, handing Golden State three straight losses, including two back here at Oracle Arena.

I've reflected quite a bit on these 347 days of the Cavs' championship reign, the first for any major professional sports team in Cleveland since 1964. It's not like Cleveland is down 3-1 - oops, that being the deficit it rallied from previous year to shock the hoops world.

"I think that the foundation that's he's laid on that team and influence he's had on that team, stays with them", says Cleveland's Shumpert. It's natural. Beat the guys who beat you. Golden State may be the first team the Cavs have faced this playoff round that can go toe-to-toe with them offensively. If the games are close and evolve into more isolation, as they often have during the past two Finals matchups, how will the Warriors and Durant respond? We've both added pieces that have helped our offensive packages and defensive packages be even more scary and obviously you can see that. "So the backstory is as baby face back in college, I always wanted to grow a beard just to say that I could, but I could never get it to connect on this side right here", he said showing off his facial hair. "No one would be able to put more pressure on him than he's going to put on himself or expect more than for what he's going to think of himself, that decision is what it is, it was made a year ago, and it's behind us". The first game is late Thursday in Oakland.

Curry, Durant and Draymond Green are having excellent runs in the post season, both offensively and defensively and they are absolute favorites against Cleveland.

- This is the fourth time the Cleveland Cavaliers have reached the NBA Finals, all of those appearances coming in the past decade.

P.S. Scottie, his three-point shooting is pretty dominant. He's going to get other players involved in the scoring by passing the ball off. If there is a carryover in terms of level of play from the three previous rounds, it's not out of the question that we could look back on this Finals as one of the best ever.

NO WORRY FROM CURRY: After a knee injury in the playoffs and a quick turnaround following the conference finals, Curry wasn't in top shape last June.

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