Warriors' Andre Iguodala out for Game 1 of NBA Finals

LeBron James perennial NBA Finals underdog

The best-of-seven series against the Cleveland Cavaliers begins Thursday night (8 ET, ABC).

The Golden State Warriors, so used to making things look easy, overcame one of their toughest tests to return to the NBA Finals. He'll set a new career high in Game 1.

If you've ever wanted to see LeBron James getting pumped up in the weight room, Kevin Durant munching on a cupcake or J.R. Smith on a hoverboard in this context, inquire within.

For the fourth year in a row, the Golden State Warriors will play the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. "I think it's awesome for the league to have tremendous star power on the biggest, brightest stage". "That by itself is something to enjoy".

For the fourth straight season, the Cavs and Warriors have advanced to the best-of-seven series to decide the National Basketball Association championship.

Of course, two teams meeting in the championship every year is not totally unprecedented.

"Hell yeah, I want to keep rolling", Johnson told ESPN. "But that's what you've got movies and music for".

The trick, though, is for the Cavaliers not to let an early lead convince them of anything, and not to fall into the trap of trying to match the Warriors shot-for-shot once the third quarter rolls around.

His experience in the locker room will still be valuable to a lot of teams and he's likely to find a landing spot in the summer but it's unclear if he'll remain in Houston.

"I'll pick his brain about some things. some tendencies of LeBron, the fact of the switches or small things like that to help me out", Looney said. "It's not our fault". So check back in, oh, 20 years or so. "I've never bought into a ceiling either".

The most watched NBA game all season and the second most watched pro-basketball game in cable history, last night's GSW WCF victor peaked with 18 million sets of eyeballs on the ball right near the end during the 11 - 11:15 PM ET slot. He averaged 6.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game during the regular season. Yes, the Warriors caught a huge break. Where there were a number of Celts who were basically saying the hell with it and driving blindly into traffic versus the Bucks and launching quick, offense-busting treys at the Cavs, Golden State had to survive a mis-step by a far better player (Kevin Durant breaking plays) to go iso against Houston. That means that bettors have to wager $1,000 to win $100.

"I've been blessed to be available", James said. And that's a compelling argument. "We've been counted out for a long time this season".

"We've got our bumps throughout the season", he continued. "Hopefully I can continue it in this Finals also". "He's been playing incredible the whole regular season and especially in these playoffs to will his team back here", Curry said of James, who has averaged 34.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and shot 54.2 percent in the postseason. All three played on a 1960s Boston Celtics dynasty.

"I don't care who he's faced. The fact he's doing that in the modern era is pretty remarkable", Thompson said. We've seen J.R. [Smith], last time he was in this building he had like 30 points in Game 5 a year ago. "I've seen him play some great games, but collectively his playoffs have been truly remarkable". For the time being, at least.

It's his all-around game that makes the strongest case. Many had that trio pegged for Western Conference greatness, but the Thunder won 46 games and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Utah Jazz.

"For me as a competitor, it's fun", James said. "And this is one of them".