James himself twice said the Warriors have been the best team in the league for the past three years and referred to them as both a "beast" and a "juggernaut". A walk down National Basketball Association finals memory lane reveals that the National Basketball Association finals has often seen the same teams duking it out for titles.
In his second season in New York, Babe Ruth led the Yankees to their first World Series berth in 1921 against the Giants.
In the NFL, which was then known as the American Professional Football Association, the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions met three straight times from 1952-54. The Browns, just 8-5 in 1952, outgained the Lions and had a 22-10 advantage in first downs, but came up short. Or do the Warriors, who were so close that they could have tasted their second straight championship previous year only to let it slip away by squandering a 3-1 series lead, have the advantage in this department?
The reigning NBA Champions defeated the Celtics 135-102 to win the series 4-1. The first "threematch" - rematch of a rematch - in league history. "I didn't think it was a lack of effort at the beginning, but our offensive mistakes led to bad defense, and it just kind of snowballed on us". They did a great job.
"12-0 is great", Stephen Curry said when the Warriors finished off the Spurs. The Celtics never held a lead in the game, not even during its opening minutes, and were down by 20 points as early as the first quarter. We all feel like we put ourselves in a great position to go further in the season, especially the last game (Game 4).
An injury-ravaged Cleveland team went 33-49 before Brown was sacked again in May of 2014 - shortly before James returned to Cleveland as a free agent and two-time National Basketball Association champion with the Heat.
"I don't know what the outcome is going to be, but we're going to write about it and talk about it during the series and see what happens", James said. They will play the Golden State Warriors in a three-match final. "I started to focus on myself, on other players and other people around my neighborhood because I never thought that you could get to a point where Mike was". Cleveland won the 2016 after Golden State prevailed in 2015. That being that the gap between them and the defending champion Cavs remains monstrous. For the Celtics to realistically challenge the Cavs in the next three years, it's going to take a significant talent increase. Handicapped by Pro Bettor Steve Fezzik - with Brad Powers from the Pregame.com Studios in Las Vegas.
After the games, James paid tribute for the former Chicago Bulls star. They got a big scare in late February when Durant had a left knee injury, but he's back and the Warriors have rolled since.
Cleveland came through the East by winning 12 of their 13 games and will now defend their title against the Warriors, who were a ideal 12-0 as they came through the Western Conference play-offs. He injured his hip back in March, an ailment that he re-aggravated in Game 6 against the Wizards.
Friday, though, was a day of rest for the Cavs, who will begin their preparation for the Warriors today.
The teams split a pair of regular-season games, with the Cavaliers winning 109-108 at home on Christmas, and the Warriors romping 126-91 in the Bay Area on January 16. "It's a special night tonight".
"I told him not to take the moment for granted".
"(It's about) locking in and being a part of something special. "We obviously see the team to get past is Cleveland, and right now we're not there".