Durant vs James 2

Ross Houston
June 1, 2017

When the Cleveland Cavaliers walked into Oracle Arena Wednesday afternoon, right around 1 p.m. local time, they could've found memorable spots on the court and started replaying some of the key moments from the 2016 NBA Finals.

Golden State Warriors' star Klay Thompson has struggled scoring this postseason, despite the Warriors being undefeated heading into the NBA Finals.

Police are investigating the vandalism, which occurred on the eve of the NBA Finals. He went six-for-six in the NBA Finals.

The 2017 NBA Finals begin on Thursday as the Warriors take on the Cavaliers for the third straight year.

The Warriors were 16 games better than the Cavaliers were in the regular season and have yet to lose a game in the playoffs.

The NBA Finals is here and once again it will feature the Golden State Warriors.

Their combined 24-1 record is the best mark for two teams entering the Finals in National Basketball Association history.

While the Cavs and Warriors have played in the Finals the past two years, Durant and James met before that in different uniforms. "I'm excited this worked out that I could be here".

The team who have finished last season (regular) with 73-9 added one of the best players in the league to their roster - Kevin Durant.

For the third straight year, fans of both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will be able to root for their respective teams in the 2017 NBA Finals, which kicks off on Thursday night.

Kyrie Irving has also reached a higher plane these playoffs, even after last season's remarkable performance late in the series to help the Cavs rally from a 3-1 deficit. We all observed this phenomenon a year ago in the 2016 Finals when Draymond was suspended because of his fourth flagrant foul that occurred after an altercation with LeBron. James has called Golden State a "juggernaut" but the Warriors aren't buying all that talk. He's part of a revamped center position along with fellow newcomers Javale McGee and David West.

"They are a great team". But it was all worth it because of the quest for a championship. It will be interesting to see how he once again matches up with the Warriors defense."We have to go in with a bunker mentality that we had in Game 1 and Game 2, to go out and do what we do, but we have to defend", James said.Thomas had his front tooth knocked out in Game 1 of the conference semifinals against Washington, but it was a lingering hip injury he aggravated later in the series against the Wizards that would end his season prematurely. It's two of the teams playing some of the best basketball. Maybe James will be even better than he has been and maybe Love will make every shot he looks at and Irving will be brilliant. Steph got kicked out of a game.

"I think just, it's the Finals, there's going to be a spotlight", Kerr said.

"But while we love great competition between great teams we don't want the rest of the season to be a foregone conclusion, particularly at the prices the National Basketball Association charges for tickets".

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