Newcomers To Cavs-Warriors Rivalry Embrace Finals

Posted June 02, 2017

The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oa. Click through the gallery below to see what kicks got the Warriors and Cavs to the 2017 NBA Finals.

According to a survey shared at the team's official website, a plurality of Carolina Panthers are predicting that Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers win this year's title over the Golden State Warriors. There will be pressure on Curry who could not help his team cross the finishing line last season. Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving shoots during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif.

June 19, 2016: The Cavs beat the Warriors to claim their first National Basketball Association championship. Coming off the bench for the Cavaliers will be Kyle Korver and Deron Williams, both midseason acquisitions for this team. The Warriors swept the Spurs in four games to advance to their third straight NBA Finals. Over the summer, the Warriors signed Kevin Durant which has definitely made the team even more dominant, having gone 12-0 in these playoffs.

Not that anyone expected any different. In the 2016 NBA Finals, Golden State had a 3-1 lead over Cleveland but became the first team in NBA history to blow that lead when the Cavs came back to win their first championship. It's the best two teams in the league going at it.

"No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, you know being black in America is tough", James said. I've got to play it by ear - if I'm feeling good I should coach and if I'm not feeling up to it, then I shouldn't. Rivera picked the Warriors to win, who are -240 favorites to take home the championship, per Odds Shark.

"I never really talk about my legacy", James said. "If I don't play up to my standards, that's when I get upset". "I know from a preparation standpoint we're going to be ready". "My only motivation is to be able to compete for a championship every single year".

If this year is anything like last year, we could be in for a classic.

He is the National Basketball Association's most prolific play-off scorer and has been named the league's Most Valuable Player four times. "At the end of the day they're safe, and that's the most important".

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The argument then was that Fleury was the superior regular season goaltender in 2015-16 and played well in relief in Game 4. The determination I make on the question leads me believe the answer is a simple one. "Even the best team".

Also, if Kevin Love gets hot, I think the Warriors may be in trouble, especially if Klay Thompson on the Warrior doesn't start playing better, his playoffs have been dismal.

For those who forgot in the championship euphoria the Cavs and Northeast Ohio experienced a year ago, the team also had a legitimate shot in 2015 to win a championship before injuries took two huge bites out of its roster. James won his first title in 2012 with Miami in a five-game series over Durant and the Thunder. Additionally, Durant converted 55.6 percent of his shots from the field and 41.7 percent of his three-point tries.

Draymond Green says he's learned from his costly flagrant fouls past year.

June 9, 2015: James scored 40 points in a 96-91 victory over the Warriors, giving the Cavs a 2-1 lead in the finals. He won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, averaging 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists.

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

"Draymond's an intelligent guy", Brown said. "So this is kind of killing me inside right now". Joining Golden State and forming a super-team in the offseason was a move that earned him a good share of criticisim.

"We've had a great season to this point, a great playoff run". A video game simulation has them going the distance. "It's the right thing to do".