Durant not feeling pressure of NBA Finals expectations

Durant not feeling pressure of NBA Finals expectations

And unlike the Warriors squad that blew a 3-1 Finals lead past year after a record-setting 73-9 regular season, this version of the team is even more unsafe after adding former league MVP and four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant.

The Cavaliers are defending champions after James sparked the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history, rallying Cleveland from 3-1 down to win last year's best-of-seven series in a dramatic winner-take-all showdown at Oakland, California.

"They are a strong team and they are playing well".

"At the start of the game we were a little anxious and we just locked in from the second quarter on", Durant (14-of-26 shooting) said, adding, "I'm only as good as my teammates".

"We saw it with Luke (Walton) past year, too".

From the moment the final buzzer sounded after last year's Finals, the reigning champion Cavaliers and Warriors seemed destined to return this year for the ultimate grudge match between the last two National Basketball Association champions.

Both have enormous amounts of talent, but who led their team to three straight wins versus the team who had the best record ever? "That's something that we've learned". He leads the team with 28.6 points per game, and he's shooting 43.1 percent from behind the arc.

Zack Geoghegan (@ZackGeoghegan): The heart says Cavs in six, (get ready for a cliche) but the heart doesn't always get what it wants. "But we're not satsified". By Game 7, he was even a detriment, missing 13 of 19 shots and throwing away a pass in a key late possession.

For Game 1 on Thursday, the Warriors are 7-point betting favorites at home with a Finals record-high total of 227. He's going to get other players involved in the scoring by passing the ball off.

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Oklahoma City was tops in the West in FG shooting defense, while the Pacers were best in the National Basketball Association . The NBA website (NBA.Com) notes “no team has made more 3-pointers than Cleveland with a play-off average of 14.6 pts. a game.

The 2015 NBA Finals was a much better showing for Curry. "Think back ... we had the (Los Angeles) Lakers and (Boston) Celtics". However, this year's prices show fans are "clearly excited" by the prospect of either of the Cavaliers or the Warriors securing a second championship against their archrival, SeatGeek analyst Natt Rattner told FOX Business. "You work all summer, you work all season for so many years in a row hoping to get to this point".

"It has nothing to do with passing him in rings, passing him in points, passing him in MVPs".

"I'm not in the "prove people wrong, silence critics" department no more", James said. You never want to underestimate what LeBron and his group is capable of doing.

At 32 years of age, the best player of his generation is playing the best basketball of his life.

That legacy could use another title. That was the Cleveland Cavaliers' comeback on the Golden State Warriors previous year.

When asked why Durant was so open so often in the first half, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue implied there were mistakes on defense. Do we need to deal with all that?

"But we are both better". Ultimately, I think that wins out.

The Warriors have the best start in National Basketball Association playoff history at 12-0.

"We've had a great season to this point, a great playoff run".