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Durant propels Warriors past Cavaliers 11:55 pm Thu
June 29 2017, 12:14 | Frederick Owens
Why the Cleveland Cavaliers will win the NBA Finals
Golden State has looked stronger than ever this postseason, having recorded consecutive four-game sweeps over the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs, becoming the first team in National Basketball Association history to reach the Finals with a 12-0 record. There was Golden State winning its first title since 1975 when the Warriors bested a short-handed Cavaliers squad missing Irving and Kevin Love on Cleveland's home court in 2015. The Warriors fortified themselves with the addition of Kevin Durant, another galactic luminary who could tip the balance and send the Warriors to their second title in three years.
I don't know what I would have done if I was faced with Kevin Durant's decision. "We have four wins left, we have to do whatever we can to get them". It was the first championship for any Cleveland professional team in 53 years.
Oddsmakers have the Warriors favored to dethrone Cleveland as the Cavaliers did to them a year ago, but the snub gives the Cavs something else to prove. "I don't know if I'll ever be able to get over it", said Shaun Livingston.
Every single rotation member is operating at full strength for the defending champions, though backup center Edy Tavares is lost for the year after playing just 24 minutes in the regular season.
"You take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled previous year, that we saw in the regular season and in the postseason, and then in the offseason you add a high-powered offensive talent like that and a great basketball IQ like that, that's what stands out", James said.
That series turned when Green was suspended for Game 5 and James and Kyrie Irving took over from there. If they play like this three more times, the series is over. "It might just take a half of basketball to get it going". Everybody wanted a look at them as soon as he started to put them on and now he's going to play in an NBA Finals game with them on.
Durant won the first battle with King James. Horford is averaging 16.1 points on 64 percent shooting, while Olynyk scored a playoff career-high 26 in the Game 7 clincher Monday. The Warriors didn't so much lose those last three games so much as LeBron single-handedly lifted the Cavs in one of the greatest three-game runs in National Basketball Association playoff history. It was a crushing defeat for the Warriors, who led 3-1 before the Cavs won three games in a row to claim the championship.
Brown addressed the media pregame on Thursday and said he hadn't yet spoken to Kerr. "I'm sure come tip-off tomorrow, when I'm looking at those guys in that uniform, it will feel even more that way, but right now just kind of taking everything in stride". The simulation is far off what the professional bettors in Las Vegas are saying. He actually looked exhausted, which is the furthest thing you'd expect from someone we basically view as a superhuman basketball playing machine at this point. Two of their All-Stars - Draymond Green and Klay Thompson - combined to go just 6 of 28 from the field. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. "Try as much as we could to make up, we had a lot of talent sitting in suits".
"They're the best I've ever seen", said Lue. I don't think it will be the last. When those shots are falling, it opens things up for James, giving him the option to drive to the basket or post up. They've subjected teams to humiliating blowouts under the brightest of lights, and they've forced fans to endure the sort of anguish that only comes from a last-second dagger to the heart.
While the Cavs finished first in the East (57-25), and plowed through the Eastern Conference playoffs healthy and ready for a rematch.