Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) and Kevin Durant (35) celebrate a basket as San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green (14) and Jonathon Simmons (17) watch during the second half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Monday, May 22, 2017, in San Antonio.
Forcing LeBron and a depleted Cavs team to go up against MVP Stephen Curry and the Warriors, they would take a surprising 2-1 lead in the series. The series underdog is batting.500 in the last 10 Finals.
The biggest difference between the 2017 Finals and the last two Finals is Golden State's addition of Kevin Durant. Curry is averaging 28.6 points in the playoffs and looking like a different player now than heading into last year's NBA Finals after a knee injury earlier in the postseason.
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Instead of James having drawn criticism for jilting Cleveland for Miami in order to become a champion, this season it was Durant who aroused the ire of many fans by ditching fellow star Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City for the Superteam spotlight of the Warriors.
The third chapter of the trilogy has seen the Warriors sign superstar free agent forward Durant and again lead the league in wins. "You work all summer, you work all season for so many years in a row hoping to get to this point".
The Cavaliers somehow might need more from him this year, as he'll need to be better defensively. Probably not. The Warriors are the favorite for a reason.
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The Warriors have added JaVale McGee and David West. McGee has shown off his value throughout the playoffs, averaging seven points per game while shooting 71 percent.
The surprise is that I'm picking Golden State to win in four straight games. One, James is the best player alive and his entire motivation now seems to revolve around collecting more rings.
All I have to say is, this thing better be worth the wait.
"Just because it was so close and we didn't get the job done", Curry told me.
The eve of the NBA Finals and we are where we thought we would be.
In the real world, the Cavs completed an epic comeback past year to stun the Warriors and claim the NBA Finals title. And best of all, they've been playing like they have something to prove.
"We know it's going to be a battle". "I don't think we've reached our ceiling yet". As long as Golden State limits turnovers, they should be able to stay productive offensively. James is playing some of the best basketball of his career RIGHT NOW.
Yet, while we've always known the Dubs could put the ball in the bucket in bunch (for the record, Kevin Durant is also averaging 25.2 points per night in the postseason), it's their defense in these playoffs that has taken the club to the next level. "And we believe we can get there". Steph woke up in Game 5 of the 2015 Finals, going for 37 points with 13-of-23 shooting.