As the Cleveland Cavaliers triumphed over the Boston Celtics in their Game 7 on Sudy to take the Eastern Conference crown, it means the 2018 NBA Finals will look a lot like they did in 2015, 2016 and 2017, with Steph Curry's and LeBron James' teams facing off again.
The Warriors open Game 1 against the Cavaliers as a 12-point favorite, which is tied for the widest point spread for a Finals game since 1991.
Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni specifically mentioned how Houston failed to combat the Warriors' third quarter surge without the nine-time All-Star point guard in the lineup. Cleveland, meanwhile, has appeared in five NBA Finals-including this season-and won just once.
Golden State, after trailing by 11 points at the intermission, outscored the Rockets 33-15 in the third period.
"This is a situation we've never been in before.to win a Game 7 on the road, keep our composure for the whole series", Curry said post game on TNT."All those hurdles and obstacles, we got over them, so it's an unbelievable feeling, man".
After the game, The Associated Press reports: Stephen Curry said someone asked him if it's still special to get to the finals when it's the fourth time in a row.
The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas set the Warriors as -1000 favorites to win the series, meaning bettors would have to put down $1,000 on Golden State to win $100 on their bet.
The Cavaliers will need James at his best to even have a chance to beat the Warriors this year. James and Durant each scored 32, but the Cavs went cold in the fourth quarter and scored just 17 points.
Coach Steve Kerr lamented that Golden State's first half on Monday night was "one of the most freaky first halves" his team has played since he's been with the Warriors and joked that he thought of resigning at halftime before getting serious. "That's why we going to another Finals because my teammates played a hell of game". He was injured in the final moments of Game 5. "As a result of that, we got a double-digit lead going into halftime". Why do we insult and belittle either LeBron's or Jordan's accomplishments just because we consider their opposite the greatest of all-time?
In the first round, former 2012 Republican presidential nominee and aspiring Utah senator Mitt Romney was seen heckling Russell Westbrook while sitting courtside during Game 4 of the series between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder.
"It's really hard to play a slower player if you're going to switch pick-and-rolls", Van Gundy said.
"So I think Cleveland, they have to make sure rotation-wise that they don't compromise their lateral quickness".
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