The addition of Kevin Durant to the Warriors makes for one more thing LeBron James and the Cavaliers have to contend with.
For the third consecutive year, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are facing off with the title on the line.
Durant has been playing exceptional basketball in the playoffs. Heck, Cleveland stood up to Golden State the year before.
Not that anyone expected any different.
Draymond Green says LeBron James can claim the G.O.A.T. title if people want to give it to him, he just can’t be crowned a champion again this season. “I don’t care who you are”.
“You can’t expect us to just say ‘oh we’re a great team on paper together and it’s just going to happen.’ You know, we got to go out there and try and take it”.
This matchup has seemed ordained since James walked off the court in Oakland last June, having delivered his native northeast OH its first major team championship since 1964.
“The most unfortunate part is that I can’t be with my kids right now”, James said. “If I don’t play up to my standards, that’s when I get upset”. In fact, while LeBron was going through his unusual mood in Cleveland against the Celtics, the guy who finished off Boston was Kyrie Irving.
“I work on my game a lot throughout the offseason”, James said. And when you’re the prohibitive favourite against LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, that means you’re one heck of a team, and they sure are’. “But at the end of the day winning a championship is winning a championship”. Who got to go get their clock cleaned?
The question arose because as James’ Cleveland Cavaliers were preparing to play the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, someone attacked his house in Los Angeles. The Finals Odds for the game have the Warriors favored to pick up the win by a handful of buckets.
But for Curry, he said that his game is really all that matters.
So James was practicing a little revisionist history Wednesday when he said to cleveland.com that “there was no extra one with past year, either, that was just the narrative”.
Tonight is the first test of many to come.
Brown took two years off from coaching basketball before signing as the lead assistant for the Golden State Warriors in 2016.
In the Finals James has won, the series go an average of 6.3 games with LeBron led teams going 11-8 ATS in the process, resulting in a much more profitable cash rate of nearly 58 percent.
Brown has filled in for Kerr, and the Warriors haven’t missed a beat.
That is the burden Durant will carry, should Golden State lose: the unending jibes.
“We’ve had a great season to this point, a great playoff run”. That’s a winning percentage of just 42.5 percent.
“I’ve had a week off”, Thompson said. “I know from a preparation standpoint we’re going to be ready”. “Can’t get caught up in your shot falling or not”. That isn’t the case for head coach Steve Kerr, who hasn’t been on Golden State’s bench since Game 2 of the team’s first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers.
James posted his best individual performance in a finals, averaging 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists. They’re a great team, they’re the champs.
Durant is the answer to that problem in these Finals.