Published: Thu, June 01, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

NBA Finals Preview: Series will impact legacies of LeBron, Durant

Even the two-time reigning NBA MVP wasn't immune.

Golden State and Cleveland meet in the NBA Finals for the third year in a row, with the Warriors taking the title in 2015 but being dethroned in 2016 by the Cavaliers, who rallied from 3-1 down to win the best-of-7 series in the greatest comeback in finals history. "They added Kevin Durant, who's a great player, but they don't have that defensive stopper". And even so, he doesn't think Durant's decision affected the league in the way many other believe it did. Adding that it doesn't matter "whether you think I'm soft or I'm tough or I look like I'm 16 or whatever". I heard it, reacted to it as nearly like, I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone type of situation.

"Just continuing to have a can-do mindset throughout and having confidence in each and every one of us". Golden State have won 11 of those 19 games, outscoring Cleveland 103.6-97.3 in those matches. Yikes. If they need any motivation to win, all they have to do is remember Game 5 of the 2016 Finals. Remember: He led all players - on both teams - in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks in last year's Finals. There have been 17 five-game series (24.4%), 25 six-gamers (35.7%) and 20 series that went to Game 7 (28.6%). James and the Cleveland Cavaliers play the Golden State Warriors in NBA Finals beginning Thursday night, with Game 1 in Oakland. Pachulia is back and ready to go after missing two games in the Western Conference finals with a heel injury.

Draymond Green says he's learned from his costly flagrant fouls past year. "He's been shooting it pretty well". So I'm going to split the difference. We have always had a mutual respect of one another, being competitors.

Curry wants to take back the championship that got away, and help KD and so many other veterans without a title earn their ring.

Last year, Klay Thompson averaged 24.4 points in the playoffs while shooting 44 percent from the field, and 42 percent from three-point range.

COACHES: Steve Kerr or Mike Brown vs. Tyronn Lue.

With so much unselfishness on their team, could losing a couple games hurt their chemistry?

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After blowing a 3-1 lead a year ago and adding a former MVP, the pressure is squarely on the Warriors.

Golden State still hasn't lost in these playoffs, as they have mostly crushed their opponents in three straight sweeps. The teams combined to average 114.5 points per game in the Finals, with the winning team averaging almost 122 points per victory.

It was disappointing regular season for Cavaliers, especially after they have finished 2nd, behind Boston Celtics in the East. "You can't get discouraged". "I thought he did a good job of that". Lue tries to build on the terrific start to his coaching career by becoming just the second National Basketball Association coach to win titles in his first two seasons.

It remains to be seen if Curry will confirm or deny the rumors. He missed, letting out a loud "ahhhh!"

"I'm a firm believer in (stuff) happens". Obviously shots are falling.

But we're backing the best player on the planet in LeBron James, whose team is a plus-220 series underdog to the Warriors (minus-260) in their Finals three-quel. "You don't get here without it".

265 - More than 265 global media members from more than 35 countries and territories will be onsite to cover The Finals. "We needed him. We're happy we got him".

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