Why the Warriors will win the NBA Finals

Why the Warriors will win the NBA Finals

Count Warriors' star Kevin Durant among those who couldn't care less. Before Game 1's tip off, look at this rivalry's best moments - from Kyrie Irving's Game 7 shot to all the trash talk.

He plays with an edge, which is a great complement to the Warriors' finesse game of 3-point shooters.

The Cavs should have matched that feat but for LeBron James' 11-point flameout in Game Three before Cleveland caught a 4-1 closeout against Boston in the Eastern Finals for a still impressive 11-1 playoffs mark.

The Warriors head into the NBA Finals with quite a bit of rest, which is good since they'll need all of their energy and health to upend the defending NBA Champions. "So we definitely have to be special, myself and Bron, in order to propel our team to a win, but we have to bring our teammates along as well". But Cleveland has gone 12-1 in the playoffs with an average win margin of 13.6 points, James becoming the all-time National Basketball Association playoff top scorer in the process.

James is 1-1 in the two NBA Finals series his team entered as the favorite - he and the Heat lost in the 2011 Finals against the Mavericks, and he won with Miami in the 2013 Finals against the Spurs.

Each major North American sports league has now had a "Threepeat" championship round, the NHL between Detroit and Montreal from 1954-56, the NFL from 1952-54 between Detroit and Cleveland in the pre-Super Bowl era, and Major League Baseball in 1921-23 between the New York Yankees and New York Giants, who later moved to San Francisco. Though LeBron was named the finals MVP, it was Kyrie who drove the dagger into the hearts of Dubs fans everywhere. To lose in the Finals to Dallas, while scoring a paltry 17.8 ppg?

LeBron James tops Michael Jordan as all-time playoffs scoring leader
LeBron James praised Stevens more directly when discussing how the Celtics "run different things" after losing Thomas to injury. You can count retired Detroit Pistons enforcer Bill Laimbeer among those who thinks James is better than Jordan right now.

Game 1 is Thursday night at Oracle Arena, and the Warriors are primed for revenge following a massive letdown last season. Golden State Warriors' JaVale McGee dribbles during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif.

Steph Curry makes a deadly crossover. Golden State won the 2015 series, 4-2, and Cleveland won the 2016 series, 4-3. The Warriors are 0-5-1 ATS in their last six home games after back-to-back road games, but over the longer term they are 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 home games when they were favored by 6.0 to 9.0 points.

While Jordan's opponents certainly weren't walks in the park, he never had to go against a team like the Warriors. Now (the Cavs and Warriors) are being called dynasties.

Cleveland have three all-stars in James, Irving and Love, while Golden State have four in Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

This might sound odd, but LeBron James is used to being the underdog. Green responded by swinging his hand at LeBron's groin.