Stephen Curry ready to take back championship that got away
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 6:27
Tristan Thompson will own the paint, it is the perimeter that will give the Cavs fits, as the Warriors will most likely run the pick and roll offense through Curry and Durant. Green is the key for them, he will end up with a ton of wide open looks, and past year he made Cleveland pay nearly every time. "I don't think it's sunk in all the way yet, but it's really special".
Golden State, on the other hand, can have its stars take turns having a big game and come out victorious. The Cavaliers would avenge their loss by taking advantage of a Draymond Green suspension to shift the momentum.
And unlike the Warriors squad that blew a 3-1 Finals lead previous year after a record-setting 73-9 regular season, this version of the team is even more risky after adding former league MVP and four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant. Iguodala has shot the ball poorly in the postseason but the 2015 NBA Finals MVP will be on the floor plenty anyway. Cleveland did the unthinkable and won the series in seven games after being down 3-1, and in the process brought Cleveland its first sports title in 54 years.
"They stepped it up a level in the playoffs defensively", Durant said of the Cavaliers. Going to do everything in my power to attack every game with that perspective.
Individually, LeBron has a lot at stake because with a win he will have a.500 record in the Finals.
The game doesn't remember guys who who shoot their team out of a game 7, it forgets them.
This is first time in National Basketball Association history that the same opponents have met in three consecutive league finals.
Cavaliers: Posted a 51-31 record in the regular season to earn the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Sunday, June 4: Cleveland at Golden State, 8 p.m. The five highest-scoring games of his career, including a 36-point effort versus San Antonio in March, have come since then.
However, the 26-year-old who was undrafted out of Belmont is a part of what might just be the best team ever.
The 51-year-old Kerr had left open the possibility he might feel well enough to return to the bench by Thursday's opener against the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena.
One thing is for sure, and that is a magnificent and fantastic basketball, and if it comes even near to the last year's finals, we will witness another thrilling finishing, and that is something we want.
ESPN is reporting that Durant is willing to take less money to stay in Golden State and help the Warriors keep other players. While an argument can be made that Durant and Curry will be in the running for best player in this series, LeBron will take that honor.
Cavs vs. Warriors, Act III, is set to begin. Durant has been a key figure for the Warriors. James is playing in his seventh straight NBA Finals and eighth overall.
Durant is eligible this summer for a maximum extension, which would start at about $35.4 million per year.