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Did the Cavs want the Warriors?

All-Star personal matchups will feature LeBron James against Kevin Durant at small forward, Kyrie Irving versus Stephen Curry at point guard, and Kevin Love against Draymond Green at power forward.

At 32 years of age, the best player of his generation is playing the best basketball of his life.

Thompson has been stellar on the defensive end even when his shot has been off and will likely be counted on at times to slow down Irving, who scored 98 points in the final three games past year, including the series-clinching 3-pointer. We're still getting better. Now with Durant in that mix in what essentially was Barnes' spot, the Warriors have found different dimensions both offensively and defensively. His shooting was also off the charts, along with his domination on the boards and how well the team played with him on the court. They score and defend and just have something about them.

"I've played in much more games since then, got better as a player, more comfortable out there as a player", he said.

In 2015, following injuries to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, a depleted Cavaliers lost 4-2 in the finals.

For the seventh straight season, and fourth time with the Cavaliers, James has led a team to the NBA Finals. In 2016, he struggled immensely, the worst he has ever played in his career.

This will be the third straight year Golden State and Cleveland have met in the NBA Finals. But this time around, that won't be the case. Will J.R. Smith get hot from three one game?

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"One thing I know is that we'll all work together. I don't think we've reached our ceiling yet". "I think they would say the same thing about us". But I spent some time walking around in the woods this weekend, and as the smell of damp soil filled my head, I couldn't help but start to feel more optimistic.

"They're the champions", Kerr said Monday.

Underdogs or not, Love and the Cavs seem to be ready for the challenge.

The Cavs were able to weather the storm and force a deciding Game 7, and snapped a 52-year professional sports championship drought for the city of Cleveland.

No matter what the betting odds say, LeBron James could put up historic numbers against Golden State. "We're trying to take what they took from us a year ago". And if they stay out of their own way, this might not be quite as legendary a series as we'd like. They have the best team!

"You add more pressure to it? We knew they'd be right there".

The acquisition sent quakes throughout the National Basketball Association and all but assured the Warriors, who went on to post the league's best record, a ticket back to the Finals. The Warriors are 0-5-1 ATS in their last six home games after back-to-back road games, but over the longer term they are 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 home games when they were favored by 6.0 to 9.0 points.Lue was asked if it's more hard to identify who that is on Golden State.


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