Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Cavs-Warriors trilogy picks up where it left off


"How many times did we look up and see Durant's 6' 11" body looking more like 20 feet as he flew to the hoop for a thunderous finish? "I got a promotion when I got to the 30s". 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. "My only motivation is to be able to compete for a championship every single year". In my personal opinion, Golden State is going to win this series in five games.

"When you turn the basketball over, they really make you pay", said coach Tyronn Lue.

Thirty-one assists against four turnovers was one of the great displays of passing efficiency in Finals history, an insane number under ordinary circumstances but especially from a team that could have been rusty after a long layoff.

The negative narrative will always be Kevin Durant came to Golden State to join a slew of all-stars to help pave the way to his first National Basketball Association title.

"These are the two best teams and if you were on one of these two teams you were hopeful that you'd be here at the end", Korver said Wednesday, a day before the teams meet for the third straight Finals.

Mike Brown planned to coach Game 1 of the NBA Finals as expected for the Golden State Warriors, with Steve Kerr likely watching again from behind the scenes as he deals with continued complications following back surgery almost two years ago.

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The four-time scoring champion is the biggest addition to a team favoured to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals starting Thursday in Oakland, and he is not about to change anything in his approach.

Mike Brown has taken over coaching the Warriors while head coach Steve Kerr has taken a leave of absence during the playoffs to heal from a lingering spinal leakage issue. The simulation is far off what the professional bettors in Las Vegas are saying. James has called Golden State a "juggernaut" but the Warriors aren't buying all that talk. You work all summer, you work all season for so many years in a row hoping to get to this point.

STRAIGHT SHOOTERS? All-Star Klay Thompson is shooting 38 percent from the field in the postseason and 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala is just 3 for 27 from 3-point range.

"I thought it was kind of ridiculous to be honest", Curry said of the critics. "So I feel great". When we're not making shots and they get off in transition off of rebounds and stuff like that, they're tough to guard.

"Twenty turnovers in the Finals definitely is not going to get it done", said Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving.

The game not only laid to rest any concerns that there would by any rust on teams that hadn't played competitively in more than a week. Smith has had a quiet postseason, playing more than 30 minutes and taking more than eight shots just once in the Eastern Conference finals. Edge: Warriors. In all, 11 players in the series have been All-Stars in their careers, tying the 1983 Finals between Philadelphia and the Lakers for the most in National Basketball Association history. The only other time a Finals matchup featured 11 former All-Stars came in 1983 when Philadelphia swept the Los Angeles Lakers.

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