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NBA Finals Preview: How Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors match up

02 Juin 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles the ball past Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during last year's NBA Finals.

Yes, this particular "Basketball Jesus" brings a touch that's unique in the NBA and it could bless the Cleveland Cavaliers in The NBA Finals if one of the wounded springs to life and surprises the rival Golden State Warriors.

"We have a veteran team", Brown said.

The Jazz most definitely want to win now, and they should.

And if you've gotten this far, you may be regretting the several minutes you can never get back. But this should be different with the mini games that will take place within every single game; you won't be able to divert your eyes from the action. "We got a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African Americans until we feel equal in America". Before Game 1, the sports book at the Westgate Las Vegas had the Warriors at -260 favorites (bet $260 to win $100).

The intrigue of will he or won't he coach in the Finals was building in the run up to tonight's opening game.

After a knee injury in the playoffs and a quick turnaround following the conference finals, Curry wasn't in top shape last June. I don't even - I don't know if 3-1 has been mentioned in our locker room one time this year.

Well, it's here. What we've been waiting for all season. Going to do everything in my power to attack every game with that perspective. For the third year in a row, the Cleveland Cavaliers will square off against the Golden State Warriors.

In an interview before the NBA season began, James said he would personally stand for the national anthem but added that he respected Kaepernick's position.

And both Jackson and Van Gundy are in agreement that the Cavaliers' big three of James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving will have to overcome the odds again to beat the dominant Warriors and win the championship this year. I think that's why we were able to go and get a championship. "So I feel great". I see nothing preventing them from going to eight to 10 straight Finals.

The case is being investigated by personnel from the Los Angeles Police Department's West Los Angeles Station. Safe to say this year's version is better. "That's what's important", James said, saying his wife was handling issues arising from the incident with their children. That's helps a lot. "I don't care who you are".

He added that, by the time officers had arrived at the scene, the offending word had been painted over by management staff. But it just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America.

The wait is finally over, as Game 1 of the Cavaliers and Warriors' "three-match" in the NBA Finals is under way.

Golden State were crowned champions in 2015, before losing the title to the Cavaliers 12 months ago.

"The King" might already have won two championships at Miami but as he collapsed to the Oracle floor there could be no doubt that winning a ring for his city was the Akron native's greatest achievement.

In preparation for the series, Sportsmail spoke with two men who know all about the NBA's biggest stage - Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy. You don't need something to motivate you. "We're trying to repeat, which is so hard to do". For Cleveland, there was nothing "quote unquote" about its historic comeback in last year's Finals - down 1-3, the Cavs roared back to win in seven games. "He's a guy, like I mentioned, that sets the tone for them".

"I took Durant's advice", he said. Irving has become the Cavs' closer. And let us state now that if you don't like columns based on hypothetical meanderings, it's probably best that you turn the page now.

KD received a lot of flak for doing a LeBron - leaving his long-time team to chase National Basketball Association championships with other superstars.

'I think greatness is good for a league, ' said Van Gundy. Durant is a slender shooter, not a post player. They have the pieces to be a great team.