Finals pick up where they left off with Cavs-Warriors III

So going to The Finals three straight years, you have to enjoy it. I think the real hype is on Golden State because some people have given Curry this persona that he somehow, someway needs to seek revenge, or redeem himself. That's because Kevin Durant, a former MVP, joined the Warriors who had won 73 games last season and who had taken the Cavs to seven games. The Cavaliers would avenge their loss by taking advantage of a Draymond Green suspension to shift the momentum.

Last year, the Cavaliers battled back from a 3 - 1 series deficit to defeat the Warriors on their home court at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The Warriors became the butt of all National Basketball Association jokes after the epic collapse.

The first-year Warrior is aware the Cavaliers, who made a 12-1 run through the Eastern Conference playoffs, have been impressive defensively in the postseason.

The Golden State Warriors are hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. After several disappointments, the Cleveland curse had been lifted (just in the National Basketball Association of course) and the Cavaliers are ready to repeat. Otherwise, the most they could pay Durant is 120 percent of his salary this season, which comes out to just under $32 million.

"Our fans, they ride or die, no matter what's been going on", James said.

Individually, LeBron has a lot at stake because with a win he will have a.500 record in the Finals.

Speaking of beating the New Jersey Nets, the 2002-03 season was David Robinson's final one, but it was Duncan who took the Spurs to the next level to win the ring.

Underdog Cavs insist they have plenty of bite for Finals
Aside from a Game 3 upset after losing Thomas to a hip injury, the Celtics lost by margins of 13, 44, 13, and 33 points . Golden State led the league with a 67-15 record this season and is 27-1 in its last 28 games , including the playoffs.

LeBron led teams are 17-22-1 against the spread in the Finals, cashing just 43.6 percent of the time.

Of the 13 that picked the Cavs, eight picked them to win seven games, and three picked them to win in six, and two picked them to win in four.

Pressed on if he was rooting for James, Riley said, "I'd like to see a great Finals".

Throughout the entire playoffs, the Cavs have relied on their offense to carry them through. "That gives us a chance in any game". If Golden State can save Durant's and Thompson's energy for the offensive end, it will help the Warriors immeasurably.

- Golden State finished with 67 wins in the regular season, tied for the seventh-most in National Basketball Association history.

He was pretty darn good in 2015, when the Warriors won, but that was an injured Cavs team featuring just LBJ, with none of the star power that fills out the present roster. Smith played more than 30 minutes once in the last round. The Warriors' bench has surprised everyone by still being one of the more potent second units in the league, even after losing key pieces like Marreese Speights, Anderson Varejao, Leandro Barbosa, Brandon Rush, and Festus Ezeli. The Warriors possess a point per game differential of +16.3, the highest in the history of the NBA Playoffs (minimum 5 games). Swept Portland in four games in the first round, swept Utah in four in the Western Conference semifinals and swept San Antonio in four in the conference finals.