November 19 2017

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

November 19 2017, 06:46 | Frederick Owens

And, most importantly, how can the Warriors stop LeBron from catching that ghost? I think that's why [we] were able to get and get a championship. "I have great memories of [2015] and bad memories of past year, but they're both lessons that you can learn going into this series, knowing what it takes to win, how important every possession is, focusing on the details, especially against the same team for the third time". The defending champs are being undersold for good reason. But certainly it would have been possible the C's wouldn't have needed Cleveland resting its stars down the stretch to gain the No. 1 seed in the East. Going to do everything in my power to attack every game with that perspective. The Warriors' bench has surprised everyone by still being one of the more potent second units in the league, even after losing key pieces like Marreese Speights, Anderson Varejao, Leandro Barbosa, Brandon Rush, and Festus Ezeli. And what about Klay Thompson? "My family is safe, they're safe and that's the most important".

Ahead of this year's series, Curry says he has some swelling in his right elbow and will probably wear a shooting sleeve. With many expecting nothing less than a championship from Durant and his elite new team, a major storyline to watch is how he will fare under the extreme pressure. "But people may want to be careful, because I think right now you're witnessing greatness".

"I'm sure once the season's over with, we'll figure that stuff out - everybody".

But Mike Brown couldn't be less interested in revenge.

As James' Cavaliers were preparing to play the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, the Los Angeles Police Department received a call "reporting the N-word had been spray-painted on James' private gate", NPR's Tom Goldman reports. Cleveland's rugged glass-eater could be a hard matchup for the Warriors. Golden State's offensive juggernaut has been ignited by Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, while their defense has been anchored by the versatile Draymond Green. The Warriors made it to the finals easily and are now set to face LeBron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith in the National Basketball Association finals. McGee and Clark enjoyed breakout years and it remains to be seen whether they'd also turn down big money elsewhere to remain with the Warriors. If the Cavs can get Thompson and Love to stay on the floor together gathering rebounds while not being a negative defensively against the Warriors smaller lineup then the Cavs may just do this.

The ultimate championship rubber match, which most everyone expected the moment last year's Finals ended, begins today in Oakland and will cap what has been a predictable 82-game regular season and lopsided postseason. Good thing. almost two years ago he had routine back surgery and lingering complications from the procedure have rendered him unable to do what he's done masterfully since joining the Warriors in 2014 - coach from the bench.

The Warriors are a powerhouse, but the Cavs are 12-1 in the playoffs and give themselves a shot no matter who else does.

So let's go back to Game 7 of last year's finale. Maybe you're not a huge Warriors (or Cavaliers) fan. With the starters healthy and rested, though, the Warriors lineup will rarely lack the presence of an all-star, the exception being a complete blowout. According to him, LeBron James will remain the best player ever. This year's Finals matchup is proof of that, as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors have taken two very different approaches to constructing their teams.

SMALL FORWARD: Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James. You never truly know how these things will play out, but if each team plays to their maximum efficiency, the Warriors will win. His over zealousness previous year cost him and his team.

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