Or will LeBron James, maybe the best player of all-time (at least the most athletic) pull it off? The game's over/under of 226 points is the largest in NBA Finals history. For Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert, it was a Bulls-Magic playoff series in 1995, when one of his boyhood heroes (Horace Grant) eliminated another (Michael Jordan).
LeBron playing well is a necessity for the Cavs to win the title. Cleveland Cavaliers' Deron Williams, right, follows through on a shot as teammate LeBron James watches during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif.
"It's definitely unique", Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said. "You can take it to the bank". To play the part of Ed McMahon: "How ... big ... is it?" You have to relish the moment. However, with the addition of Kevin Durant this season, there's nearly no way to effectively stamp out this team's firepower.
After long layoffs for both sides after the conference finals, the first few minutes of the opener of this Golden State-Cleveland series has been more about working through a bit of rust more than anything else.
He had won the first battle with King James. Brown coached Cleveland from 2005-2010 and 2013-2014. That Yankees' roster was packed with Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Waite Hoyt and Herb Pennock.
After a 346-day wait, the NBA Finals are back and it's as if nothing has changed. The Cavs won a measly 51 games this season which is nothing short of underachieving for a team of their calibre, and left them 16 games behind their opponents.
Jackson agreed: 'I won't sit here and tell you it would be better for the National Basketball Association right now if there are two other teams in the Finals. "But I think we got a great group of guys, headlined by one of the best guys to ever do it". The Warriors fortified themselves with the addition of Kevin Durant, another galactic luminary who could tip the balance and send the Warriors to their second title in three years. "Even though I wasn't here the last couple years, talking and hearing the stories and watching the film kind of transfers me and I feel like I've been part of this team".
Kevin Love sat out the 2015 finals with a shoulder injury and was more of a blue-collar, dirty work player in last year's conquest. "Do we need to deal with all that?" he told Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News earlier this week. "So other than that, feeling fresh". Maybe you're not a huge Warriors (or Cavaliers) fan. Cleveland is 12-1 in the playoffs, winning by an average of 13.6 points.
Meanwhile, outside of Kyrie Irving (24 points) and Kevin Love (15 points and 21 rebounds), the Cavaliers got next to nothing from anyone else.
That series turned when Green was suspended for Game 5 and James and Kyrie Irving took over from there.
"I think there's emotions for everyone in this series", he said. "Because then you become complacent".
"But I'm not a complacent person".
Cleveland got their revenge though, upsetting a powerful Warriors team in 2016. Last year, despite Steph Curry's insane 3-point shooting and the Warriors having the best record in National Basketball Association history, the team managed to blow a 3-1 lead and lose the National Basketball Association championship. Oddsmakers list him as the favorite for most points and assists in the series and have him as the third fave for most rebounds. Even the two-time reigning NBA MVP wasn't immune.
- Illinois lawmakers fail to pass budget, miss spring deadline
- Lynda Carter gives Gal Gadot her blessing
- USA pulling out of Paris deal may instead make China great again
- Google celebrates commencement of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 with an interactive doodle
- Venus Williams hints Serena is expecting a baby girl
- Why Concerns About Trump's Paris Accord Pullout Are Overblown
- NBA Finals Preview: How Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors match up
- States seek to fill the void after Trump dumped the climate pact
- Tottenham's Kane tops Premier League scoring charts
- Cuomo: State will abide by Paris accord regardless of Trump