Why the Warriors will win the NBA Finals

That really is what the rubber-match Finals comes down to, real stars.

12 - The Warriors are the first team in National Basketball Association history to win their first 12 games in a single postseason. "I went when I was 23 years old, and it felt like the Western Conference Finals was nearly like the championship".

We're all hoping for epic, a great series of close games and legendary individual performances and a payback for a wretched playoff season of non-competitive series devoid, for the most part, of drama. To use LeBron James' word, they are a juggernaut. But I have every intention to coach for a long time.

In an global matchup at center, Cleveland's Tristan Thompson of Canada will go against Zaza Pachulia of Golden State, who could become the first player from Georgia to win an National Basketball Association crown.

"I'm not well enough to coach a game and I know that (because) I coached all 82 games and I did OK". But he does. Along with everything else.

That luxury of a nonchalant defensive assignment, one that swung the Finals in Cleveland's direction, has been wiped away by the arrival of a 6-foot-11 MVP.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against Boston Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko (8) during the second half in game four of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers had a disconcerting regular season, one made more annoying by Cleveland's utter dominance in the playoffs.

And he did not just do it with scoring. "That's just not me", Pierce said on ESPN. "It's hard to believe, but he's better than when I got into the league".

The Warriors won the first meeting, two years ago. But he knows as well as anyone what James, averaging 32.5 points this postseason, can do. One, James is the best player alive and his entire motivation now seems to revolve around collecting more rings.

It sucks, but this is how the reaction will go if Kevin Durant and the Warriors win the NBA Finals: Well what did you expect?

"They're so talented", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

No way, you say!

My heart thinks LeBron can overcome all, that having the best player means something. They execute at the defensive end of the floor.

As each chased professional dreams over the next decade, they pushed one another from afar without even knowing it, taking great pride in their shared "DMV" - D.C., Maryland, Virginia - roots and making it big in their respective athletic pursuits. He may not be out there long if the Warriors decide they need more mobility against Thompson, who is almost averaging a double-double and shooting 60 percent while creating plenty of extra possessions with his offensive rebounding for the Cavaliers.

James gave proper respect.

Since he was drafted first overall back in 2003, James has consistently been asked about how he compares to Jordan.

Everything he can do to help Golden State get prepared, Kerr is doing " until he feels he might be fine to return to the bench. "Then add the offensive package, their movement, their shooting ability. It's going to be very challenging".

"That's what greats do", Curry said. But barring his way is a Golden State squad out to prove they are the super team dynasty of the era, not the Cavaliers.