LeBron James defers on Warriors thoughts: 'It's too stressful'

The last two Cleveland-Golden State showdowns have been an absolute treat, so what will the third bring?

In 2016, it looked like everything was going the Warriors' way. There have been rumors they are looking to add a key player, such as Paul George, Jimmy Butler or Gordon Hayward by way of trades and free agency.

But it all evaporated.

And despite beating the Golden State Warriors last June, the reigning NBA champion Cavaliers will be heading into the NBA Finals threequel with that "underdog" tag. In the 2015 season, Korver was on the No. 1 seeded Atlanta Hawks squad, but after he got injured in Game 1, the team never recovered and was swept by his current team, the Cavaliers. This Cleveland Cavaliers Cavs team is not the same as previous year.

While James is going for his fourth ring, Warriors forward Kevin Durant will be trying to win his first.

For the first time in NBA Finals history, two teams will play a rubber match.

And they're doing this without their head coach. Countered Golden State acting coach Mike Brown, when asked about it Thursday: "That's his opinion". How will Golden State guard Kyrie Irving?

The Cleveland Cavaliers could well be on their way to the third NA final in 3 years and they have Kyrie Irving to thank for this.

Victory secures a seventh consecutive NBA Finals for James, winning two titles in four appearances with Miami Heat between 2011 and 2014, before returning to home-town team Cleveland - BBC Sport.

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The club's Player of the Year awards dinner, planned for Sunday evening, will still take place as the ticketed event is confined to one area.

Still, they would like Kerr to regain health and join them in their quest for a second championship in three years. Now he's four wins away from winning his first National Basketball Association championship.

The gap between these teams and the other playoff qualifiers was wider than we anticipated. I know we can play better. "You were better than us.' It's the easiest thing to do". Do you want to pay Thomas max money just as he turns 29 when you have a stud young point guard coming up behind him?

Can LeBron and the Cavs do it again? In all, Thomas missed the final three games of the series and the Celtics went 1-2 in his absence.

He's also entering the final year of his contract with the Boston.

"I want to win a championship", Thomas said "And being so close to getting to the finals, that makes you want it that much more".

"Most importantly, they care about my health, not just being a basketball player". The shot gave him 29 points for the game and 5,989 points for his postseason career to edge him past Jordan's mark of 5,987. After torching the Celtics for 35, James now sits at 5,995 postseason career points. "I think I fell in love with the game because of Michael, just seeing what he was able to accomplish", James said.

"They had multiple people come in and talk to me about what's more important", Thomas said Friday, a day after the Celtics were eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"The biggest thing for me sitting here today after breaking the record is that I did it just being me". That play was the flagrant foul that suspended Green for Game 5. "It's definitely one for the books for me up to this point". There was nearly too much historical context to dissect, and so James did what his instincts told him to do. Get the popcorn ready.

A Warriors' team bent on revenge stands in his way.