Cavs the champs but Warriors the favorites in the NBA Finals
Jun 02 2017 by Dustin Murphy
Coming off an improbable comeback from a 3-1 deficit in last year's NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers look to defend their championship crown in the 2017 NBA Finals. "Picking my spots and just filling in the gaps where we know that LeBron, being our leader, and Kyrie are going to be special".
Draymond's Rage: Draymond Green generally loves to scrap in the paint with bigger players, and he'll see plenty in this series, from Kevin Love to Tristan Thompson and James. The Cavaliers host Game 3 and Game 4. Love broke out in the Eastern Conference finals, averaging 22.6 points and 12.4 rebounds. He'll not only guard LeBron James during this series, he'll be charged in spots with keeping ball-handling magician Kyrie Irving in front of him. There hasn't been a sweep in the finals since.
Pressed on if he was rooting for James, Riley said, "I'd like to see a great Finals". "We definitely just faced a better team in this series, simple as that". If Durant were to lose in the Finals, even after joining the best team in the National Basketball Association, his legacy may never recover. That series turned when Green was suspended for Game 5 and James and Kyrie Irving took over from there.
This will be the game thread for tonight. But it was nearly like we said. indecently. "It's a failure now". Or is the Finals the time to fade the "King"? Hey, why not? The Cavaliers have LeBron James, and no other team can make that claim. The 2017 NBA Finals will be the third installment of the trilogy, the tiebreaker. The Warriors will play their best players for the majority of the minutes and with rest between games fatigue shouldn't come in to play.
Miami avoided elimination with a 103-100 overtime victory in Game 6. I will argue he cost his team the title with his Game 5 & 7 performances. "The ultimate. I'm at a loss for words".
In the head-to-head matchup of James vs. Curry, James is -100 to score 23 ½ points more than Curry. "Them coming off the championship and being able to be in position to win - everybody doesn't get the same opportunity".
But there was no doubt he hadn't recovered from his ankle injury in time for the Finals and was crucial in the Warriors' 2015 championship winning season, averaging 26 points a game in the Finals. "Not proud of the way we played (in this series)".
The Cavs' defence has been one of the worst defences in the league this season, whereas the Warriors have been one of the best offensive teams in the league, let alone over the past couple of seasons.
"We ran out of talent", James said. "That gives us a chance in any game". After several disappointments, the Cleveland curse had been lifted (just in the National Basketball Association of course) and the Cavaliers are ready to repeat. In Game 7, with the game tied at 89-89, James blocked a shot by Andre Iguodala with 1:50 remaining. Now he's ready to help avenge last year's disappointment. But I don't know - I just have a feeling that this is Durant's time. "I came back for a reason". I think we will use it as fuel, we will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it? "That's what it was all about".