Cavaliers, Warriors Aren't Dynasties Yet, Says Adam Silver Ahead of NBA Finals

Durant and the Golden State Warriors will be favored to dethrone the James-led Cleveland Cavaliers when the best-of-7 championship series begins Thursday, June 1 (Friday in Manila) at Oakland, California.

Barnes wasn't exactly a neutral observer previous year, having grown up in Northern California and having played with the Warriors before their recent run of dominance. Before you blow your top, let me explain something.

"So I think how the fans are treated since they drive this whole business, and they generate these vast sums of money that our players earn, that we should be more judicious in how we treat them".

Brown is set to go up against LeBron James and a Cleveland team he coached in two separate stints. While much has been made of Curry being healthier during these playoffs than he was a year ago when an ankle and then a knee injury hobbled him, Durant doesn't recall Curry being too hobbled when his Warriors beat Durant and Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. "We've got to work hard at practice and when the game comes on, get out there and go play".

Last year, Golden State set an National Basketball Association record by winning 73 regular-season games.

This NBA Championship will not be a four or five-game series.

Almost a year since he sat at the same podium inside Oracle Arena and addressed Muhammad Ali's impact as an activist following the heavyweight champion's death, James discussed the daily challenges of being black in the U.S.

Now 5 years later and with two different clubs, both superstars are back in the finals, Durant still seeking his first title and James again blocking the path. He thanked his wife, Savannah, and other family member for handling some tough conversations to come once his two sons, Bronny and Bryce, got home from school.

While the Cavs went 12-1 on their way to the finals, the Warriors went a ideal 12-0.

Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, who are part of the ABC/ESPN broadcast team for the Finals that start on June 1, say twice reigning league MVP Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant are so good that the Warriors will not unravel even if other players have an off night.

"It's good", Iguodala said Sunday, when asked how he's now feeling.

Durant will have to be more than just big on the offensive end.

Durant is averaging 25.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 blocked shots a game in the Warriors' flawless playoff start. "We match up well with them, and I think they'd say the same about us". And if he feels confident going into a series against an overpowering Warriors team filled with four All-Stars, then the rest of Cleveland should, too.

According to Van Gundy, Thompson's playoff struggles (he's shooting 39 percent) is not cause for panic. "Just try to challenge him and not get discouraged when they make shots".

"I've had a week off", Thompson said.

All signs are pointing to the Warriors avenging last year's loss.

As unsafe a scorer as he is from outside or driving to the hoop, James also threatens by being able to find teammates such as Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love with passes when defenders focus too much on him. Durant has been terrific in his first postseason with the Warriors, averaging 25.2 points on 55.6 percent shooting. Love broke out in a big way in the Eastern Conference finals after opening the playoffs with two quiet rounds, averaging 22.6 points and 12.4 rebounds against Boston. The closest he could do was acknowledge the huge challenge posed by the All-Star-studded Warriors, packing a great wallop behind Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

  • Julie Sanders