Basketball: Warriors wary of LeBron as Cavs arrive for NBA Finals

Posted June 01, 2017

James and the Cleveland Cavaliers play the Golden State Warriors in NBA Finals beginning Thursday night, with Game 1 in Oakland. That lineup should allow them to overwhelm even a team as formidable as the Cavaliers can be. The third quarter I just went out there and played and not anxious about anything. "We're trying to take what they took from us a year ago". However, this year's prices show fans are "clearly excited" by the prospect of either of the Cavaliers or the Warriors securing a second championship against their archrival, SeatGeek analyst Natt Rattner told FOX Business. They won it. If we were the better team, we would've won the championship previous year, and that didn't happen.

But with Durant, the Warriors have probably never been better than this either. "That's something that we've learned".

One of the most fascinating quotes of the playoffs came from Kevin Durant after Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs.

"I will say, and I heard Kevin Durant say something like this the other day, I think it's a little unfair to him to blame him for the lack of so-called "competitive balance" at the moment in the league". "But we're not satsified".

The NBA Finals are due to begin in the early hours of Friday 2 June 2017, and can end as late as the early hours of Monday 18 June 2017 after seven games, although that's not guaranteed - the Finals can finish as early as Saturday 10 June 2017 after four games.

It worked, highlighted by Curry's tantrum in Game 6, as he tossed his mouth guard and walked to the bench in disbelief with the Cavs tying the series.

"It's just a personal goal of mine", James said of the Jordan debate, per ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin. "We would love him back (beyond this season), and we've made that known", Lacob told The Mercury News on Friday.

The NBA Finals feature seven of the past eight NBA Most Valuable Players (MVP) - Cleveland's LeBron James (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013), Golden State's Kevin Durant (2014) and Stephen Curry (2015, 2016).

Current Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue was on that Lakers squad. As long as Golden State limits turnovers, they should be able to stay productive offensively. And it's only getting more serious now that LeBron has surpassed MJ as the leading postseason scorer in National Basketball Association history. They earned the title past year, so this is a chance for us to come in as the hunters.

12 - The Warriors are the first team in National Basketball Association history to win their first 12 playoff games.

If Cleveland tries to get sneaky and save LeBron's energy for offense, who exactly can they task with handling Durant?

You see where I'm getting at. It wouldn't have mattered if I shot lights-out if we didn't finish the job off.

That legacy could use another title.

James will push Golden State to the limit. He won't have to win six rings or more MVP awards to validate his claim to the greatest-of-all-time thrown.

That's why a historic 12-0 playoff start won't mean much if it doesn't culminate in a crown.

"I would just always want to please my teammates, so I would pass up a shot to get somebody else a look", Durant said. That would be the greatest, if most improbable, back-to-back championship run the league has ever seen.