Beaten previous year by Cleveland's historic comeback, the Warriors will try to avenge that defeat and get back on top when they face the Cavaliers again, the first time two teams have met three straight times in the NBA Finals. It was deafening. It was everywhere.
James averaged 25.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists and earned his second straight Finals MVP honor.
Following last year's heroics, when they overcame a 3-1 series deficit to edge the Golden State Warriors and claim the National Basketball Association championship, the Cleveland Cavaliers have got another chance to bring more sporting success to Ohio.
Kevin Durant has talked about wanting to stay with the Warriors long term, and he's reportedly willing to put his money where his mouth is and take a lesser contract this offseason to help keep the team's core together. Or is the Finals the time to fade the "King"?
The Cavs, of course, became the first team in National Basketball Association history to recover from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals and beat the Warriors. Also, he was asked during his group session with reporters if he still tries to prove doubters wrong - the Warriors are heavily favored in the series - and he said "no, I'm not in that department anymore". I heard it, reacted to it as nearly like, I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone type of situation.
Now, all the focus of this Finals is on LeBron and KD. He did previous year. Over the summer, the Warriors signed Kevin Durant which has definitely made the team even more dominant, having gone 12-0 in these playoffs.
He left the Oklahoma City Thunder to get his ring, joining a Warriors team that finished 73-9 previous year, before blowing a 3-1 lead in the finals to LeBron & Co.
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Walker (7-1) struck out eight and allowed five hits and one walk for the Tigers before leaving with nobody on in the eighth. His big hit came after Taylor Walls scored on a wild pitch and Raleigh singled to left in the next inning.
In total, the Warriors are the favorites, with 61 experts picking them to win vs. the 24 who picked the Cavs.
Although the Cavs improved their defensive focus in the playoffs, statistically they will have to play their best defense of the season if they want to beat Golden State. "He's been shooting it pretty well. So with how the finals went down previous year if I were in his shoes, I'd want the same thing". Durant would then be eligible for another one-plus-one deal next year starting at an estimated $35.7 million and a five-year, supermax contract of approximately $217 starting in 2019-20. Outside of the Warriors this season, LeBron has played seven 60-win squads... with a 3-4 record. The Los Angeles Lakers went 11-0 to start the 2001 NBA Playoffs when the first-round was only a best-of-five series.
"I'm not in the "prove people wrong, silence critics" department no more", James said. "I thought he was wonderful under the circumstances of his injury but to me he looks fresher, faster, stronger than he did a year ago".
All seem to agree on the Golden State Warriors winning. So this final is not only going to be about James vs Curry but also about in-form Love vs Durant, which could make the finals utter interesting.
Curry and Durant primarily know about the stake in this match. "I thought he did a good job of that". Okay, I'm burying the lede here: why is Kevin Love peeing on Durant in the first place and why is he spraying it everywhere as if a fire hydrant just broke?