Warriors coach Steve Kerr 'surprised' Cavs are considered underdogs

Posted May 31, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has secured his seventh straight trip to the NBA Finals after dispatching of the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. The 2016 champions versus the 2015 champions. This will mark the first such occurrence in National Basketball Association history. He wanted to provided a title for his home team, the Cavaliers.

Let the hype, and the waiting, begin: Game 1 isn't until June 1. But if an National Basketball Association player can make the maximum no matter where they play, why not join a super team? He will have to wait for more tests until the swelling goes down, he said. Cleveland blitzed, double-teamed and did all it could take away the other team's offensive threat. However, the difference comes when the fact remains Golden State has still been better than the Cleveland either in the regular or postseason.

The 5-foot-8 point guard said he wants to play until he's 40, and he'd like to do it in Boston.

James eventually led the Cavaliers to five consecutive playoff berths, including a trip to the NBA Finals in 2007, but he infamously left Cleveland as a free agent in 2010 to sign with the Miami Heat, where he went on to win two championships.

Of course, ABC will once again have full coverage of the NBA Finals.

Already, the back-and-forth is underway.

Yes, you read that correctly.in a series that features at least six hall of famers, the tide will shift and succeed based on the effort and knowledge of the coaches, Tyronn Lue for the Cavs and the combination of Steve Kerr and Mike Brown for the Warriors. With James guiding them the Cavaliers navigated through the playoffs, and landed in the finals against Golden State. But there's also a clear respect level between the clubs as well. The Warriors have the second best offensive rating among playoffs teams - the Cavs are first - and had the league's best offensive rating during the regular season.

Add to that mix veterans like Deron Williams, Channing Frye, Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith and the Cavs are one of the few teams in the league that have the firepower to stay with the Warriors.

Green's role this season has become even more specialized. Those guys are going to challenge me, they're going to challenge our ballclub. Meanwhile, all eyes will be on the newest addition to the rivalry as we wait to see what Kevin Durant brings to the table in this championship series. He played well in a grueling 7-game series against the Thunder, finishing with 31-31-36 in the final three games to advance to the Finals. So it's a little different now, obviously. "I went when I was 23 years old, and it felt like the Western Conference Finals was nearly like the championship".

We have seen LeBron up top, ball in hand, directing the screen and roll with hopes of drawing a big out to take advantage of their slow feet.

All games televised on ABC.

Lue was asked if it's more hard to identify who that is on Golden State. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. ET.