Capsule Preview Of The Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals Matchup

Capsule Preview Of The Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals Matchup

This is A-list and 1A-list stuff. After all, this is the most highly anticipated best-of-three rubber match since the Thrilla in Manila.

LeBron James is preparing to play in the NBA Finals for the seventh straight year, a feat that has helped ignite all the Michael Jordan comparisons of the past week. "That's the only pressure I worry about", said Durant. While there was one more game to win after the 104-91 Game 5 victory, the series was practically over after Steph's shot went into the net. "It's great to be talked about, see what I was able to accomplish as an individual", James told reporters in Cleveland over the weekend.

There's no win here for him in the NBA Finals, unfortunately. Going back to his days in the Eastern Conference playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, Iguodala's combination of size (6-foot-6, 215 pounds), smarts and athleticism gives him as good a chance as anyone of trying to slow down the unstoppable force that James is on a basketball court.

"I can't go out there and do everything on my own or I can't go out there and just let my teammates do all the work for me", Durant said Wednesday, a day before the series opener. And I'll do that before and after the game whether I'm coaching or not. But he does. Along with everything else.

The 2017 NBA Finals have had an air of inevitability about them since before the start of this season.

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When the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers meet in a third consecutive NBA Finals beginning Thursday, it will mark the first time the same clubs staged a three-peat performance on the game's biggest stage. Is James' first house, in the Akron inner city and condemned when he was 5 years old, still standing?

And he did not just do it with scoring. "It will be a massive upset, I think, if they are not there each and every year". Now it's June and the NBA Finals are here, having gone where they never have gone been before - a trifecta rematch between defending champion Cleveland and Golden State.

James has just passed National Basketball Association icon Michael Jordan as the playoffs' all-time leading scorer with 6,000 career playoff points in 213 games.

It does not get better than this. The only real health concern on either side is on the Warriors coaching staff, and I guess we will ultimately see how much Steve Kerr's absence plays a part.

But James will face long odds in the Warriors, who have demolished everybody in every way in a flawless 12-0 postseason and have added the brilliance of Durant to the two-time finalists.

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"They've been battles, they've been wars", Barnes said. They're also the first ever to sweep three teams 4-0. "If I don't play up to my standards, then that's what - that's when I get upset". They execute at the defensive end of the floor. Those may be solid numbers for most, but they're atrocious with context. "They're supposed to win.' That is disrespectful to them", Popovich said. Great team, great talent.

This matchup has seemed ordained since James walked off the court in Oakland last June, having delivered his native northeast OH its first major team championship since 1964. Frye and Korver had their minutes slashed in the last round but the Cavaliers figure to need their 3-point shooting now against the tougher Golden State defense. "Then add the offensive package, their movement, their shooting ability".

James claimed "it's up there" when asked for the degree of difficulty of the Warriors challenge, rating it with the Spurs. [Tim Duncan] on the same team.

When Durant first headed to Golden State, some believed it would cause disruption because there would be too many mouths to feed.

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Two-time defending champion Anna Nordqvist of Sweden also closed with a 69 to finish alone in second place at 204. Nordqvist stayed in touch all day in her bid for a "three-peat" but her own 69 left her two adrift on 204.

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