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

Scottie Pippen: Steph Curry 'isn't the best player on his team'


There are few weaknesses in these Warriors, the first team to head into the final round 12-0 and winning by an average of 16.3 points per game. Golden State shot 44 per cent against the Cavs in the 2015 Finals, 43 per cent last season.

Cavs forward Love had said: "The whole underdog thing is amusing to me, because at the end of the day we are defending our title".

"You can't expect us to just say 'oh we're a great team on paper together and it's just going to happen.' You know, we got to go out there and try and take it". I think we will use it as fuel, we will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it? "I think to have a legitimate case, though, and to at least put it in people's mind that he's better than Jordan, he's got to at least get to six".

"I feel good about our chances", LeBron James said this week.

Golden State is -7 points for Thursday's Game 1 National Basketball Association match-up and they are listed at a surprising -260 to win the series.

"I'm not ready to coach yet", Kerr told reporters on Monday.

23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the trophy presentation after Game Five of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. "I saw the quote from Kevin Love".

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It's up there. Obviously, I mean, I played against four Hall of Famers as well, too.

"Right now, he's not the best player on his team", Pippen added.

James and company must continue their spectacular play, as the Warriors will seek redemption for last year's Finals loss.

Game 1 has Golden State as a 7-point home betting favorite, and Cleveland has failed to win the series opener or cover the spread in Oakland each of the previous two years.

"It's going to be great for my legacy once I'm done playing the game". But not before blowing a 3-1 series lead and providing fodder for Facebook trolls everywhere. He'll again be at center stage this week as Cleveland meets Golden State in the third installment of their title trilogy. The Cavaliers have the fourth-highest points per game average (109.5) and the sixth-highest shooting percentage (46 percent) on the road. He returns this year more closely resembling the stat-stuffing machine he was in Minnesota than at any other time since he was traded following James' decision to come back to Cleveland. "That doesn't matter to me".

"We're not going to use that as motivation", Lue said Saturday. Consider it an unfair amount of NBA Finals competition. That's enough motivation alone.

They may say all the things to justify the underdog label on Cavs. We're not using that as an excuse. One, James is the best player alive and his entire motivation now seems to revolve around collecting more rings. "But our goals were set at the beginning of the season, and that's to win a championship".

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