Warriors wary of LeBron as Cavs arrive for NBA Finals
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 12:10
He is coming off a 17-point, 17-rebound East finals clinching game in Boston. There's no way Durant will get held to those sort of numbers. The Cavaliers made 37.6 percent of their threes in their four wins, as opposed to just 26.1 percent in their three losses. Cavaliers vs. Warriors. Warriors vs. Cavaliers. A year before Kyrie's shot secured the title for Cleveland, Steph did something similar for Golden State. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love will pose the biggest threat to the Warriors as they've seen since last year's championship series.
Durant's move to Golden State, who won the 2015 title and had a record-setting 73-win campaign the next season before losing the decisive game of the Finals, created a super team that also features two-time reigning league MVP Stephen Curry. Might that push for history have worn them down a bit come the postseason?
Durant's playing in the Finals for the second time, the last coming when he and the Oklahoma City Thunder lost 4-1 in 2012 to James and the Miami Heat. The Golden State Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in.
And, in a series that is expected to go six or seven games, that game could be the difference.
So here we are again. "I got a promotion when I got to the 30s". Those numbers are based on regular-season results.
Ever since coming back from his latest consultation at Duke University, the 51-year-old coach has been actively involved with the team, being a full participant on practices and delivering heartfelt speeches at halftime of every game of the last series, even traveling with the team.
"It's incredible. Especially since this is Year 14 for me, for this to happen now, this means so much", Korver said of his first trip to the Finals. The Raptors were the only Eastern Conference team to rank in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency in the regular season, outscoring their opponents by 4.9 points per 100 possessions. When you sub out Harrison Barnes for Durant in your starting lineup, you should be better.
"Yeah, I agree with him", said Love, who can expect to be on the receiving end of Green's verbal jabs when the two players match up against each other. Love has averaged a quiet 13.8 points in the postseason but should be eager to pick it up against a Celtics team that knocked him out of the 2015 playoffs when he became tangled with Olynyk and dislocated his shoulder. Thompson's worst performance in that series was in Game 3, when he only scored a series-low six points. It will be a tough, hard-fought, back-and-forth series, but ultimately, Golden State's overall talent advantage will win out. That's the highest in history for a minimum of five playoff games. Lue tries to build on the terrific start to his coaching career by becoming just the second National Basketball Association coach to win titles in his first two seasons.