The LeBron James versus Kevin Durant matchup is one of the most compelling storylines of this year's NBA Finals with not only the NBA title but also the title of the best basketball player on the planet at stake.
Is it LeBron James, chasing down the ghost of Michael Jordan? And that might be just the opening Curry needs to shine brightest again on the big stage after the struggles past year, when he shot just 40 percent in the Finals and had more turnovers (30) than assists (26).
Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant prepares to shoot during practice on Wednesday in Oakland, Calif. I will argue he cost his team the title with his Game 5 & 7 performances.
Not that anyone expected any different.
After the Warriors took out Cleveland in six games to win it all in 2015, the Cavs roared back in 2016 by becoming the first team in Finals history to overcome a 3-1 deficit and emerge as champions. "That gives us a chance in any game". For that reason I've chose to make a handy guide for all those out there who think Michael Jordan was the King of Pop and Kobe is just a type of beef to assist in your enjoyment of the next four to seven games.
This matchup has seemed ordained since James walked off the court in Oakland last June, having delivered his native northeast OH its first major team championship since 1964. In that light, a club can reward one designated veteran player per year with a contract starting at 35 percent of next year's projected $101 million salary cap.
"Since I've been in this league, it's hard to get to the playoffs, let alone march all the way to the finals", guard Iman Shumpert said. "I think the world has been waiting for this to finally get here". At the end of the day, I know the way I'm built. It's natural. Beat the guys who beat you.
Barnes wasn't exactly a neutral observer a year ago, having grown up in Northern California and having played with the Warriors before their recent run of dominance. "He's going to go out there and try to reach greatness and with that comes pressure from yourself more than anybody can ever put on you".
We had a pretty good feeling this was going to happen, that the Cavs and Warriors would meet again for the third straight time in the NBA Finals, even though that had never happened before in the game's history.
Durant is one of the top five players in the National Basketball Association, and is potentially the second best player behind LeBron James. He racked up 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists while looking like the best player on the court. He replaced the outgoing Luke Walton and was hired with the knowledge that he might need to fill in for Steve Kerr, who continues to face health problems after complications from back surgery. I think we will use it as fuel, we will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it? The Finals Odds for the game have the Warriors favored to pick up the win by a handful of buckets.
"We've had a great season to this point, a great playoff run". "We want to see how far we can go with this thing".
One of the few things that hasn't gone right for Golden State this postseason has been Klay Thompson's shooting. Thompson says he isn't anxious. I was shocked because we hadn't talked about it in advance. "Can't get caught up in your shot falling or not".
The Cavaliers entered the game 12-1 in the postseason.
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