The Warriors were nearly equally as inept and got the chance to draft Curry because Minnesota messed up; they lived through his ankle woes and got him to agree to an astonishingly good (from the team perspective) contract. "I just try to do what's necessary for me in the minutes that I'm out there". "He is a true friend, my friend, I can't think of anyone more deserving of this award, ladies and gentlemen, please rise, the Sportsperson of the Year, King James". We will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it?

"We're a confident group, anyway", Lue said. "I've been waiting. We had the regular season, we had the playoffs, been tested - both teams - and now we just meet at the top of the mountain".

"As of right now, I will not coach Thursday night", Kerr said after practice Monday. Taking time to decompress and enjoy a night with Future sounds like a great idea to me. The competition between the two extremely successful, consistent and competitive teams is expected to last for many years to come, as National Basketball Association fans predict more than three years of championship games between the Cavs and the Warriors.

Love complimented Green's competitiveness and aimed a verbal volley at Northern California. He's passed one Hall of Famer after another in various career accomplishments, most recently moving past none other than Michael Jordan for the top spot on the league's all-time postseason scoring list.

LeBron James has slain many great beasts in his National Basketball Association career-Tim Duncan's San Antonio Spurs, Kevin Garnett's Boston Celtics, and Steph Curry's Warriors team from last year-but there has never been one as talented as this year's Warriors team to stand between "The King" and an National Basketball Association championship.

The Cavs are also better than past year.

For the sixth time, James enters the Finals as an underdog, hardly a role he's accustomed to before June.

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James elected not to talk about the Warriors following the game, choosing instead to celebrate a third straight conference title in Cleveland and his seventh consecutive Finals trip.

But Irving is looking forward to the challenge, jumping up and down and smiling when the Warriors were mentioned during the Cavs' trophy presentation Thursday.

"Want the Warriors?" he said. They're going to challenge our ballclub. "Obviously the stars help, they get all the headlines deservedly so, but the small things, the details, that's what we lock in at and that's how we win ballgames". They've been a ideal 12-0 on their way to the Finals and haven't even been challenged by any of their Western Conference opponents. We don't know yet.

In their initial glee over Durant's move to Golden State, LeBron's haters apparently didn't realize that Durant's free-agency decision only gave LeBron a convenient "pass" in case he loses to the Warriors. As soon as Durant signed with the Warriors on July 4, it was a foregone conclusion a trilogy would happen. More interesting though is the possibility of James becoming the first player to tally 400 steals. "Coming into these Finals, we're a lot more focused and also we're just dialed in".

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

"When we got to the Finals everybody was kind of caught up into being on the stage and playing names", Marion would say years later, reminiscing about that magical season on the eve of his retirement from the league. That's enough motivation alone. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook installed the Warriors as a -260 favorite, with Cleveland at +220.