No surprise: It's Cavs-Warriors in the NBA Finals, again

Sheri Evans
May 28, 2017

The Cleveland Cavaliers, champions of the NBA Eastern Conference.

"I'm not in the right mind to even talk about Golden State", James said.

Just don't try to tell them that. I don't really have anything to say. "Obviously we want to take that to the next series and try to be great and see what happens". I think we will use it as fuel, we will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it? We've played that way, and maybe people don't appreciate it because of a blowout or because of a sweep.

"It's one of those things I have no control over, it is what it is", said Brown, filling in for the ailing Steve Kerr. Even when he went to the Miami Heat, he wasn't joining a championship-caliber team, he made the heat a championship team.

"Man, I hit him with punches that'd bring down the walls of a city", Frazier said.

But the Warriors are beating teams in the playoffs by 16.3 points, the highest margin in playoff history.

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers will now face Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the third straight season.

Love complimented Green's competitiveness and aimed a verbal volley at Northern California.

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Act III in this trilogy is overloaded with story lines, with the biggest being whether James and Co. have enough firepower to go toe-to-toe with the Warriors, who added superstar Kevin Durant to a team that won 73 games a year ago before its Finals flameout. In 13 playoff games this season, James has averaged 32.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.2 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game.

Both teams dominated throughout the playoffs - the Warriors making history by going an unprecedented 12-0 through three rounds in the Western Conference with the Cavs losing just a single game to the Celtics.

INSKEEP: That gave LeBron James 5,989 career points in the playoffs, two more than Michael Jordan, the most all time.

The Golden State Warriors would love to start the series off with a game one win to remove some of the pressure of being the heavy favorites.

For James, the Finals are an annual rite. Maybe so. But you can't much blame the Warriors or Cavs.

"Want the Warriors?" he said.

Out since April 23, when he announced he was taking a leave of absence to address chronic pain in the wake of multiple back surgeries almost two years ago, Kerr has been a constant presence the past two weeks but not on the bench during games.

The Browns came out on top the following year, ending a run of three straight title game losses (they also lost to the Rams in 1951). "It's one more team that you probably would've thought would've been a contender". (Surgery is) not the No. 1 option right now but it could be once the swelling goes down.

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