Warriors wary of LeBron as Cavs arrive for NBA Finals

Ross Houston
May 31, 2017

That's a whole lot better than this time a year ago, when the self-inflicted fatigue of chasing 73 wins, multiple Stephen Curry injuries early in the playoffs, and a seven-game Western Conference finals against Oklahoma City left them vulnerable from the Game 1 tip against the Cavs. Kyrie Irving can take control of the game at any time as he is averaging 24.5 points and 5.6 assists per game.

Steve Kerr expects to decide soon whether he will coach the Golden State Warriors at all in the NBA Finals, saying Monday he is not yet ready but hasn't ruled himself out for Game 1. Acting coach Mike Brown is undefeated in the playoffs, Curry, Green and Kevin Durant are playing at their peak, while Klay Thompson is the slumping shooter who's surely about to blow his top any minute now.

At practice Saturday, Love said he finds it amusing everyone is labeling the Cavaliers underdogs against the Warriors.

Until that time comes, James' main focus will remain on the court, with Game 1 of the NBA Finals the only thing now in his line of vision.

Cleveland's baseball team, the Indians, almost ended a 70-year drought of its own, falling to the Chicago Cubs in a seven-game World Series that ended a 108 year drought for the Cubs and extended the Tribe's to 68 years.

I'm very honest when saying the Cavs can win this thing in six games.

But seriously, if James wins a second straight title (and a fourth overall) does he surpass Jordan?

"I will own a team someday", James told Berger.

Michael Singer: The Cavs are, once again, underdogs. They've been the better team this season. Despite what Kevin Love says, the Warriors are the favorites to win the unprecedented rubber match. Can Kyrie Irving continue his outstanding play in the postseason? But this year is a different story.

This isn't the first time that James has spoken of eventually becoming an National Basketball Association owner, having offered more of an explanation last August during an appearance on the "Open Run" podcast that's part of his UNINTERRUPTED media network. They're hungry as ever.

Game 4: June 9. Golden State answered with a 126-91 rout almost a month later, leading by as much as 39 points at home against a Cavaliers team that lacked energy in the last game of a six-game road trip.

The key to the series may very well be shaped around the question of whether or not Durant can keep these numbers up and maintain his status as an unstoppable offensive force, similar to his dominance during the regular season. Simple as it sounds, the Warriors are just too strong and talented on both ends of the floor to end another campaign without the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

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