Warriors favoured over LeBron and Cavaliers in the Finals

  • Warriors favoured over LeBron and Cavaliers in the Finals

Warriors favoured over LeBron and Cavaliers in the Finals

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers open their title defense as underdogs against the Golden State Warriors as the NBA Finals get underway next week.

"I don't care who you're playing, to make it to the NBA Finals, to win your conference finals, it's a big task", Brown said. So the Celtics are definitely behind me in this tough situation, but I mean, nobody's going to feel sorry for me.

If you don't want to rile up friends and relatives over the long weekend, you might also steer clear of the James-Jordan comparison. So maybe there's just not an understanding of what you're watching. "He's doing a lot more movement, which makes it even tougher to guard after being one of the tougher scorers I've ever seen".

"Uh, yeah. Obviously, when you've got a better, when you've got a deeper team, you've got guys that can handle the ball, you've got shooters, you've got guys that can finish at the rim, it just opens it up for everybody". It's one more team that you probably would've thought would've been a contender. We've played that way, and maybe people don't appreciate it because of a blowout or because of a sweep. "I told our guys: 'We made a lot of great strides, but this pain is part of the path to what we ultimately want to be'".

"He's one of the best point guards in the National Basketball Association, and you know, you can tell he puts in a lot of work in his game, a lot of respect from myself, my teammates", said Avery Bradley.

The Cavaliers, who sat their starters for the entire fourth quarter, begin their third straight finals series against Golden State Warriors (they've each won one) next Thursday in Oakland - James' seventh straight trip to the finals as he seeks his fourth title.

Warriors owner Joe Lacob said publicly he wanted another chance at the Cavs because of unfinished business from 2016.

If the Cavaliers roster stays relatively intact in the coming years, Boston will be hard-pressed to overtake them in the East. "We match up well with them, and I think they'd say the same about us".

Of the 30 National Basketball Association teams that compete during the regular season, 16 teams, eight in the Eastern Conference and eight in the Western Conference, participate in the post-season playoffs leading up to the Finals. Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown has filled in as interim head coach. "Just kind of take it in stride".

"(Surgery is) not the number one option right now, but it could be once the swelling goes down", Thomas said Friday during Boston's exit interviews.

"I hope it's four".

Despite having said all of that, I think that Stephen Curry has more to lose in this series.

James is an unbelievable talent, unlike anything we have seen before in this league. "Just to be a part of this is wonderful, so really just embracing that". In a series full of megastars like Howe, Terry Sawchuk, Ted Lindsay and Red Kelly in Detroit and Richard, Jean Beliveau, Doug Harvey and Boom Boom Geoffrion in Montreal, it was an unsung player who became the hero. They've been the best team in our league for the last three years, and then they added an MVP.