Warriors and Cavaliers meet for third straight year

- Cleveland and Golden State have met 19 times since the start of the 2014-15 regular season, including their two NBA Finals matchups.

Three hundred and 32 days ago, we all agreed that adding Kevin Durant - by anyone's measure a top five player in the National Basketball Association - to a team that had just won 73 games and had come within seconds of claiming back-to-back titles meant that the Warriors had locked up the 2016-17 National Basketball Association title.

"I'm just trying to be the best me I can be", he told reporters on Wednesday.

This matchup has seemed ordained since James walked off the court in Oakland last June, having delivered his native northeast OH its first major team championship since 1964.

Draymond Green says he's learned from his costly flagrant fouls a year ago. "I don't hate them", Green said. "At the end of the day, the goal is to win a championship, and whoever's in front of you, you have to beat".

When those Warriors watched that lead over LeBron's Cleveland Cavaliers evaporate a year ago, they did what any reasonable team would do - went out and signed the second-best player in the National Basketball Association to add to an already stacked squad. "If it's not, you're in the wrong series", Green said. "I have great memories of [2015] and bad memories of past year, but they're both lessons that you can learn going into this series, knowing what it takes to win, how important every possession is, focusing on the details, especially against the same team for the third time. You don't care who you've got to take down, you just want to take whoever that is down". "I'm also the first guy to take two different franchises to the Finals four times".

James will be gunning for his second straight title with Cleveland, which came after having won a pair of titles with the Miami Heat.

"I think you've found two great teams, and we've played that way, and maybe people don't appreciate it because of a blowout or because of a sweep", Green said.

"You can't stop LeBron", said Mike Brown, the Golden State assistant coach guiding the team while head coach Steve Kerr recovers from complications after back surgery.

All I have to say is, this thing better be worth the wait.

According to the odds makers in Las Vegas and the number crunchers at analytical sites, the Warriors are the clear favorites to win the series after sweeping their way through the playoffs with a record-setting margin of victory of 16.3 points per game.

"It's a great run - 12-0 is great". This game has been built on that fact of teams going back to back with titles.

The San Francisco 49ers were one of those teams. He has hit just 38 percent of his shots as his normally reliable jumper has failed him. Durant is, too. What's it say about what he adds if his Warriors lose?

'So I think it's great to have greatness. The UNDER is 4-2-2 in the last eight games between these two teams.

The third chapter of the trilogy has seen the Warriors sign superstar free agent forward Durant and again lead the league in wins. Its only loss was Game 3 of the East Finals vs. Boston when James was fighting an illness and held to a shocking 11 points.

  • Julie Sanders