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Warriors wary of James in NBA Finals

02 Juin 2017

Golden State, led by two-times reigning league MVP Stephen Curry, are in remarkable form after becoming the first team in league history to enter the Finals undefeated (12-0) since the National Basketball Association went to the current playoff format in 2003.

After going 12-0 and 12-1 respectively in the 2016-17 playoffs, Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are set to face-off for the third consecutive time in the National Basketball Association finals. It was deafening. It was everywhere.

The Warriors knocked out the Cavaliers 113-91 in Game 1 on Thursday, using a 10-0 run late in the third quarter to cruise to the blowout win.

Not only do the Warriors have a healthy Curry and a "tame" Green, but they reloaded this past offseason by adding the second-best player in the league in Kevin Durant. The Warriors fell victim to a spectacular performance by LeBron James last year, but with the addition of superstar small forward Kevin Durant, there's no way the Warriors will falter this year. Cleveland is 7-0 on the road and have won nine straight road playoff games overall (second-longest road win streak in NBA Playoff history, behind only the LA Lakers-12 straight from 4/29/01-5/18/02). "It kills you. But we learned from it", said Warriors guard Klay Thompson. I heard it, reacted to it as nearly like, I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone type of situation. Green is at his best when he's getting under James' skin and generally being the toughest player on his team.

Durant has been showcasing much of his offensive weaponry - dunks, 3-pointers, and backing Kyrie Irving down the lane easily while being fouled.

There were a handful of times Cleveland was more focused on Curry and the 3-point shooters, but Durant made them pay with six first-half dunks. Click through the gallery below to see what kicks got the Warriors and Cavs to the 2017 NBA Finals. But, hopefully, after a NBA Playoffs full of blowouts, the Finals provides a close, thrilling matchup. "He's competitive and he wants to win, so you can bet that he's not happy about previous year and he's going to go after this one". If the vandal's intention was to give 'Bron that little bit of extra juice the Cavs need to take down the Warriors, he probably succeeded.

At 12-1 this postseason, the Cavaliers are the first Eastern Conference team to reach the NBA Finals with one or fewer losses since the 1995/96 Chicago Bulls. Twice he has dished out eight assists. He said in a recent interview he was talking to his sons about it, "and [I said] it's just one of those things, especially in the's like 'The Lion King.' It's just the circle of life". "I thought he was awesome under the circumstances of his injury but to me he looks fresher, faster, stronger than he did a year ago".

Thursday, June 1: Cleveland at Golden State, 9 p.m. "I thought he did a good job of that. Basketball comes second to my family and after what I do for my foundation and youth". Throughout the regular season, the Cavs were one of the league's worst defensive teams before masking their flaws throughout the playoffs with smart schemes against helpless, lesser opponents.

T.J. Gouterman: For the third straight year, many expect Cleveland to win it all for the second consecutive season. He missed, letting out a loud "ahhhh!" "We just kind of play off each other". "Can't get caught up in your shot falling or not".

"We're going to face adversity", James said. So you've got to make him work as hard as he can. We'll find out shortly before Game 1 tips off if that's good enough. Durant played well, averaging 30.6 points and shooting 55 percent but James came out on top.

Warriors wary of James in NBA Finals