Richard Jefferson Says Warriors Lacked Composure When They Lost 2016 NBA Finals

A slight decline in price this year was expected, given last year's NBA Finals featured a record-setting 73-win Warriors team and the possibility of LeBron James' first NBA title win as a member of the Cavaliers.

Vegas is betting against them and the bookies are hardly alone. Yikes. If they need any motivation to win, all they have to do is remember Game 5 of the 2016 Finals.

Just don't try to tell them that.

No way, you say! "But I love LeBron, we all do, he was part of our team for four years".

I have stated many times that I have pledged my allegiance to King James, and that is still true today.

And that, among all other reasons, gives me hope that we can do this again!

"I'm just proud of the work we've put in from the beginning of the season", Durant said. Win the championship this year, and it validates his decision to come to Golden State - and potentially sets up the beginning of the next National Basketball Association dynasty.

Golden State has looked stronger than ever this postseason, having recorded consecutive four-game sweeps over the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs, becoming the first team in National Basketball Association history to reach the Finals with a 12-0 record.

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

On the eve of the NBA Finals, a highly anticipated rubber match between his Cavs and the Golden State Warriors, some knucklehead made a decision to scrawl the N-word across the gate of James' Los Angeles mansion.

Barnes wasn't exactly a neutral observer a year ago, having grown up in Northern California and having played with the Warriors before their recent run of dominance. Kyrie Irving. With his big performance in Game 5 that helped start Cleveland's comeback, his 3-pointer in Game 7 and then his go-ahead basket in their Christmas Day matchup, Irving has repeatedly hurt the Warriors.

When shooting over 50 per cent, they've won 106 consecutive games, the last 43 of those coming this season.

"Want the Warriors?" he said. I think our team was the most poised previous year. "And hopefully we keep it going, but we fully respect and are aware that this team that we're playing, they're the champions and we're not", Kerr said. James is playing some of the best basketball of his career RIGHT NOW. Who knows, maybe the Spurs could have challenged the Warriors this season with Leonard, and if they add Chris Paul this offseason, they'd be even more unsafe. Golden State cruised to its third straight appearance in the final. He's shooting 71.2 percent from the free-throw line compared to 67.4 percent during the regular year. He was outstanding, the Warriors were outstanding, he and Durant combined to frighten opponents nearly nightly. Thompson's shot has been off in the postseason, hitting just about 38 percent from the field, but his defense is probably more important than his offense now anyway as the usual primary defender against Kyrie Irving. "I was uncomfortable and in a lot of pain but I did fine, I could make it through", he said.

Despite the hype and the presence of national media, Lue said it can be productive.

Words don't mean much now - not his, not Green's - and neither do underdog labels.

Iguodala insists he is all right, and he will be ready to go when the Finals begin Thursday night.

That's enough motivation alone. That's not as easy as Las Vegas thinks it is. We're not using that as an excuse. "So as long as I perform at this stage now and play my hardest, that's all I can ask for". I was happy for him when he won a championship in Cleveland. "So, that's what we're focused on". He thanked his wife, Savannah, and other family member for handling some tough conversations to come once his two sons, Bronny and Bryce, got home from school.