Barber: Comparing Warriors-Cavs III to other great rivalries

Ross Houston
June 2, 2017

Could they give the ideal Warriors a rude awakening in Game 1?

Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant during NBA Finals Media Day at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Having been held scoreless over the final 4:39 of the decisive Game 7 previous year, the Warriors made the biggest splash of the National Basketball Association offseason when they signed high-scoring Kevin Durant in free agency.

It's the first time in league history the same teams have faced off in the finals three years in a row.

Game two is Monday (NZ time) in Oakland.

Andre Iguodala came off the bench for Green - who got his second foul after charging into Cleveland's Kevin Love - and got his first points of the Finals on a dunk, knotting the game at 12-12. They have limited the Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics to 45 percent shooting, ranking third in that category during the playoffs after being barely average (16th, 45.8 percent) in the regular season. "I'm trying to do other things other than just scoring so I can help my team put us in the best situations to win", Curry said. "It's not like there's going to be a lot of wide-open shots out there". He took some flak for it early from the outside noise but I just thought he was intent on making sure he was playing his best ball late.

"But now that we are here, we have business to take care of". The New York Giants got the best of the New York Yankees in back-to-back seasons, winning the World Series in 1921 and 1922.

There's great debate about how James' career stacks up to Michael Jordan and his 6-0 Finals record, but James has been to more Finals than Jordan and has been more successful than some entire teams. But he has downplayed it, saying that the elbow doesn't hurt and that he feels "totally different" physically heading into this year's NBA Finals compared to 2016. "It's been working up to this point, so I can't change what I'm doing". "I don't think it's sunk in all the way yet, but it's really special".

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