Published: Wed, May 31, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

James' Cavs underdogs for National Basketball Association finals


It's a 14.5-point jump from the Game 1 total in last year's Finals.

But to counter that, listen to Cavs forward Kevin Love: "The whole underdog thing is amusing to me". I think we will use it as fuel, we will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it?

"I feel good about our chances", he said.

"I think it's huge". The Warriors forward had a couple of incidents this season, but he has to know that his participation in all games is necessary for Golden State to win. "Once I'm done playing the game and can look back on the game and say, 'Oh, this guy went to three straight Finals, four straight Finals, five, six, whatever". Green wanted the matchup with the Cavaliers after Golden State fell short previous year despite his brilliant Game 7, and now here it comes. Kevin Love may struggle against him. "It's great to be talked about, see what I was able to accomplish as an individual", James told reporters in Cleveland over the weekend. The Warriors are the best first quarter team in the postseason in terms of net rating (+32.1 points per 100 possessions) and are +112 in point differential in first halves. "We're trying to take what they took from us a year ago".

Whether he coaches or not, Kerr said he plans on flying to Cleveland with Golden State for Games 3 and 4. This is obvious, but it's worth stepping back and really considering the fact that a team that won 73 games last season is now 12-0 in the playoffs, and is heading into the NBA Finals with a healthy Steph Curry and Kevin fucking Durant.

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As unsafe a scorer as he is from outside or driving to the hoop, James also threatens by being able to find teammates such as Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love with passes when defenders focus too much on him. He'll again be at center stage this week as Cleveland meets Golden State in the third installment of their title trilogy. "Last year, right from Game 1 against Houston (in the first round of playoffs), he was injured and fighting an uphill battle".

With both his two best teammates out with injuries in 2015, James was forced to carry an especially heavy load in the finals. He is also averaging career playoff highs in shooting percentage (.566) and 3-point shooting (.421) while grabbing 8.0 rebounds and dishing out 7.0 assists.

The Cavaliers have lost just once in three playoff rounds, falling on a last-second shot by three points to top-seeded Boston in game three of the Eastern Conference finals, while winning the other four games by an average of almost 26 points. "That doesn't matter to me".

"So it's the even-keel mentality about our coach and it definitely helps us as players when we're going out into a war". And since 2000, the NBA Finals has pumped out a 36-48-5 O/U count (57 percent Unders). Not worry about what it says in Vegas or what people are saying about underdogs. "Not unlike any player who has played with other great players". Our goals were set at the beginning of the season, and that's to win a championship.

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