Things That Will Decide Warriors Vs Cavs

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Perhaps D'Antoni only said "Chris", but that's still a very different word than "Cleveland" or even "Cavs".

The Finals start Thursday with Game 1 in Oakland.

Let's put the series into perspective: LBJ is not going up against a team with one great player.

Stephen Curry and the Warriors fired up the home crowd with a win in Game 6, then eliminated the Houston Rockets on the road in Game 7.

The MVP of the 2015 Finals, Iguodala and Klay Thompson shared the responsibility of defending LeBron James in the 2017 meeting between the teams. Van Gundy said. "As far as LeBron James, to me, he's on his way to carving out the very best career that's ever happened in the National Basketball Association".

Las Vegas bookmakers don't like the chances of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers as they get set to take on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season.

Van Gundy will join Mark Jackson, Mike Breen and Doris Burke in broadcasting the Finals, which could well be the toughest test James ever has faced.

When the Cavaliers and Warriors met previous year in the finals for the third consecutive time, it marked the first "threematch" in NBA Finals history.

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Kevin Durant does not think he should be compared to LeBron James.

The teams have changed mightily over the last four seasons.

As the debate about Golden State being a potential dynasty rages on, general manager Bob Myers is not interested in talking about that possibility.

The Warriors needed seven games to dispatch the pesky Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals. He faded back into a secondary role as the Cavaliers won Game 7, but he'll need to get back to that aggressive mindset against the Warriors. The veteran scored 14 points on 10 shots in Game 6.

The series stands at 2-1 right now. They make another run, and he makes another play.

Love has struggled throughout the post-season, averaging just 13.9 points per game on 38.8% shooting from the field, a sharp drop off from the 17.6 points on 45.8% shooting and 9.3 rebounds he averaged per game during the regular season.

The Cavaliers, meanwhile, were +250 underdogs a year ago, far less extreme than their +650 line this time around.

"I'm still learning, still growing and figuring things out", Durant said. "So I always have felt vulnerable, even though people may not believe that".