For the third year in a row, the NBA Finals feature the exact same matchup: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. The two teams collectively lost a total of one game between them over the last two months. The Golden State Warriors are better than 1/2 favorites at Las Vegas and online sportsbooks, and most experts are picking the Western Conference's No.1 seed to win a championship.
Durant's decision to leave Oklahoma City had little to do with money as the Thunder were more than willing to pay him the same $26 million the Warriors offered.
Thompson, arguably the best shooter in the National Basketball Association after Curry, has missed 42 of his 66 attempts behind the arc this postseason but has contributed in other areas. "That's something that we've learned". Lose here, or you win a game here, it's like, 'All right, cool. 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.
"We don't rest. I don't believe in it", Miami Heat president Pat Riley said in April. "But we're not satsified". The total has gone over in 15 of the Cavaliers' last 21 games. Yet, the Warriors seem impenetrable with four wins of 20-plus points and ideal playoff record against the daunting West. "This year we will win it on our own turf and Cleveland will be lit up like Las Vegas", said Wheeler. If he can control the paint and create second chances for the Cavs offense while limiting Golden State on its possessions, the Cavaliers will have a chance to hang close in most games. On top of his versatility and defense that is so important to Golden State, he's shooting 47 percent from 3-point range in the postseason, tops on a team that has some of the best perimeter shooters in the world.
As unsafe a scorer as he is from outside or driving to the hoop, James also threatens by being able to find teammates such as Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love with passes when defenders focus too much on him. Or haven't you noticed that LaVar Ball is everywhere, and the NBA Draft is just four days after a possible Game 7 is scheduled?
That legacy could use another title.
Smith made his NBA Finals prediction on First Take yesterday, and if history is any indication it was probably incorrect. Our goals were set at the beginning of the season, and that's to win a championship. We're still getting better. "I don't have to score to make an impact on a game and that was my mindset when I started playing, if I'm not scoring how can I still make an impact on the game?" And at a young age, NaVorro being such a leader that he is, he knew that I had some pretty good talent at that age and he just told me, 'Go out there and just play.' As a kid, you need that, you want that validation from your teammates.
"It's a great run - 12-0 is great".