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San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Na Vorro Bowman stands on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Santa Clara Calif. Imagine Kevin Durant as a skinny timid teen being told

Curry is averaging 28.6 points in the playoffs and looking like a different player now than heading into last year's NBA Finals after a knee injury earlier in the postseason. LeBron James is arguably the best player of all time and certainly among the top three. The Cavaliers made 37.6 percent of their threes in their four wins, as opposed to just 26.1 percent in their three losses.

Wow! Withers must be a Fil-Am from the Bay Area. But, with teammates like James and Irving, among others, in Cleveland who can create space, having a sharpshooter like Love on the outside is important. "It will be a massive upset, I think, if they are not there each and every year". But in my book, that's gobbledygook, period.

It sucks, but this is how the reaction will go if Kevin Durant and the Warriors lose the NBA Finals: Durant is a chemistry killer!

But I insist Durant can't be what the doctor had prescribed for the Warriors. LeBron James on Kevin Durant? "We're defending our title".

It's as potent a fuel as can be. While a Game 1 preview will come in the coming days, here's a preview & prediction for the entire series.

Fight back was their instant fuel.

Golden State is better, however, with the same core of stars (Curry, Thompson, Green) but they added superstar Kevin Durant in the offseason to create one of the strongest teams the National Basketball Association has ever seen. I think we will use it as fuel, we will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it? But I spent some time walking around in the woods this weekend, and as the smell of damp soil filled my head, I couldn't help but start to feel more optimistic.

"We're excited", Durant said. "I plan to destroy and annihilate the Cavs". It's tough to say that we didn't expect it. Ask him for the time and he'll ask if you have the time to listen while he tells you how he invented the sport. James has called Golden State a "juggernaut" but the Warriors aren't buying all that talk.

AP quoted Love as saying, "Want the Warriors? All things that happen bad aren't that bad, when you take a step back and look at them". Though well enough to travel with the team, participate in coaches' meetings and even do some on-court coaching in practices, Kerr isn't ready to return to the bench.

The Warriors have already cruised into the NBA Finals opening in Oakland with an unprecedented 12-0 playoff record even though Klay Thompson has been far from his best and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala has struggled to make open shots. ― Reuters picOAKLAND, May 31 ― Cleveland superstar LeBron James, as versatile and unsafe as any NBA player, is a focus of the Golden State Warriors as they prepare for tomorrow's start of the NBA Finals. The Warriors are the best first quarter team in the postseason in terms of net rating (+32.1 points per 100 possessions) and are +112 in point differential in first halves.

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