This Cavs team became the third squad in National Basketball Association history to knock down 1,000 3-pointers during the regular season, joining last season's Warriors squad, as well as this year's Houston team. The 2016 champions versus the 2015 champions.

The NBA Finals has its first "three-match", courtesy of a King who passed His Airness.

Though Kevin Durant joined the Warriors to win a ring, there are those who believe he needs to be the finals MVP to validate leaving the Thunder.

Game 4: June 9 at Cavs, 9 p.m.

"It's just my personal goal to keep me motivated, that's all", James said. "But we're going to enjoy this for a couple more days before we have to lock in on that juggernaut out west".

Even if the NBA's top two teams have steamrolled their way right to the place everybody figured they'd be when the season started all those months ago.

Lue was asked if it's more hard to identify who that is on Golden State.

The team returned to practice following a two-day break after completing a four-game sweep of the Spurs on Monday night to improve to 12-0 this postseason.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (23) gets off a shot between Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk (41) and Jae Crowder (99) during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Clev.

This team strikes the ideal balance between superstars and players who excel at the role they're asked to fulfill.

"Everyone wants to say, 'Ah man, this is boring and this, that, and the other, ' but you usually don't appreciate something until you don't have it anymore", said Green. As unsafe as it is to bet against LeBron, the Warriors will win in 6.

Already, the back-and-forth is underway.

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Associate head coach Mike Brown has led the Warriors, though Kerr has participated in team meetings. But I can't answer that question and know if we're going to play them in the Eastern Conference finals next year.

The Warriors' regular season was more understated than many expected, but it was nonetheless dominant. But there's also a clear respect level between the clubs as well. "So it makes it even more risky when you equip that talent, that skill with those guys".

"We've got a long way to go", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

James was asked whether he could envision a rematch with the Celtics in next year's East finals.

"Like I'm the reason why (expletive) Orlando couldn't make the playoffs for five, six years in a row?" If he wanted to work for a ring, he would have stayed in Oklahoma City.

The Celtics lost Game 2 at home by 44 and the first two games of the series by a combined 57.

"He's a special talent", James said about Irving.

They'll collide again, starting next week.

There's a 90 percent chance the Warriors win the title this year according to FiveThirtyEight, and Golden State is favored by Vegas as well.

And then, nearly as if he was trying to remind himself that he's got three championship rings and is frightful in his own right, James recalled other fearsome postseason opponents — San Antonio and Boston. "I can't lie", Durant said, when comparing the 2012 Finals trip to this one.

Security ushered the fan away from James, who then went to the podium and was blunt in assessing a very uncharacteristic game for the NBA's best all-around player. "And every night you get challenged..." So it's a little different now, obviously. Can Durant win his first?

The Warriors will look to exploit the Cavs' weak link defensively (Love) by making him cover pick-and-rolls in space, and he needs to be ready. Hence, Golden State is favored. How will Cleveland try to contain Curry? Assuming Cleveland wins, they will face the Golden State Warriors.


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