Cavs and Warriors go at it again for title

Sheri Evans
May 29, 2017

"We worked out in numerous summer times". Maybe even death and taxes aren't certain anymore; science, medicine, global warming, politics throwing everything up in the air.

Thomas said he never doubted that coach Brad Stevens and general manager Danny Ainge were more concerned about his future than getting him back into the game. By that time, both teams emptied their benches while the starters waited for time to run out.

Who isn't consumed with this?

The Cavaliers, who sat their starters for the entire fourth quarter, begin their third straight NBA Finals series against the Golden State Warriors next Thursday in Oakland. And my gut-gut test is telling me that I don't like LeBron saying last night, 'It's too stressful to start talking about Golden State.' It's too stressful? Golden State won 73 games, reached the seventh game of the NBA Finals and then let core players such as Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes go to make room for Durant. That's all I can give you right now 'cause I'm happy and I don't want to be stressed.

The two finals teams have lost just one game between them on the way to the finals, the Warriors going a flawless 12-0 in cutting a swathe through the Western Conference and the Cavs dropping just one game. This is a high-powered team and I've played against some other (stiff competition). The free-agency addition of Durant to the Golden State roster has made the Warriors heavy favorites over the defending champion Cavs as the two teams meet for the title for an unprecedented third consecutive year. Tristen Thompson has learned to shoot free throws and still tosses bodies around under the rim. Second, the number of postseason shots taken by each is very close, somewhat erasing the games played argument.

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks the basketball against San Antonio Spurs guard Kyle Anderson (1) during the second half in game one of the Western conference finals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. I fell in love with the game because of Mike.

James was asked, given how far the Celtics made it this season and that they also own the No. 1 pick, if he thinks it's likely he'll see them again next season deep in the playoffs.

Humbled after last season's defeat, they're fiery and focused, and James' Cavs are square in their crosshairs.

Well, even if James may be playing possum with his compliments for the Warriors, he isn't wrong.

The first "threematch" - rematch of a rematch - in league history. The Warriors get their shot at redemption after the worst breakdown in National Basketball Association playoff history, and the Cavaliers get a chance to solidify themselves over their peers and galvanize LeBron's position as the best player of a generation. "But it doesn't mean anything going into the next series, and we have to understand that". "It's a great thing". There was too much jubilation and joy in the Cavs' locker room to wade into that territory. It's not the end of the world.

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