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Finals pick up where they left off with Cavs-Warriors III

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While much of the focus leading up to Cavs vs. Warriors III has been on how the addition of Kevin Durant to Golden State's star core led by Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will make life even more hard for LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers, there are several other newcomers to the rivalry who could play a key role in determining which team wins a second title in this trilogy.

But none of that will matter to Cleveland since James, who stretched his Finals streak to an astonishing seven straight years dating back to his time in Miami, is playing the best play-off basketball of a career that already includes three NBA titles and a trio of Finals MVP awards. This Finals is going to be a series full of powerhouse players with Cleveland's big three; small forward LeBron James scoring an average of 25.5 points per game against Golden State, Irving with 21 points and Love at 11.5. It was rough. For me personally, it was only slightly helped by the fact that I was in LA for E3 during the loss and could assuage my spirit with a shit ton of free booze. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson lead the way for Cleveland, who are 12-1 this offseason (thanks to the Celtics).

Win or lose in the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant will, too.

The Warriors started the second half on 13-0 run, complete with a ridiculous Zaza Pachulia three-point play, and the Warriors started to break the game open getting up by 20.

The Warriors have been right there the past two years, winning the franchise's first title in 40 years in 2015 and then blowing a 3-1 lead last year to put a sour ending on a record-breaking 73-win season.

FIRST TITLE? Will Kevin Durant (L) win his first National Basketball Association title against his old nemesis LeBron James?

"Things may change depending on the state of the series - for instance, should Cleveland have a chance to clinch the title at home in Game 6, expect demand, and prices, to rise", he said. They destroyed the Cavs in their last meeting in January.

The 2016-17 NBA Finals kick off on Thursday night, when the Warriors host the Cavaliers in Oakland. We are a better Cavaliers team and they are a better Warriors team but what does that mean?

The Warriors moved the ball - 31 assists and just four turnovers for the game - and with that got the shots they wanted.

Golden State finally warmed up after nine days off, while the Cavs had a six-day break since beating Boston in the Eastern Conference finals.

James became the first player to lead an NBA Finals in every major statistical category with 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 2.3 blocked shots a game past year. Durant is thriving in the collegial atmosphere provided by the Warriors. Who do you think will win the NBA Finals this year? That's why Lue is fearful of the Cavs being sloppy, turning over the basketball to set up Golden State fast breaks.

Maybe not. But I will remind you that a year ago at this time I picked Cleveland to win a seven-game thriller, and the Cavaliers did just that. I was shocked because we hadn't talked about it in advance.

"I'm not in the "prove people wrong, silence critics" department no more", James said. Everybody knows that. We'll find it. So, this year's team is better than the one that they had last year.

Speaking of Game 4, that was when Golden State practically handed Cleveland the championship, courtesy of Draymond's fists. "You don't come into the season, oh, man, we lost in three", Green said.

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