Why the Cleveland Cavaliers will win the NBA Finals

If the vandal's intention was to give 'Bron that little bit of extra juice the Cavs need to take down the Warriors, he probably succeeded.

Pardon me if you can sense I'm excited after all these years to cover another championship.

However, as LeBron is quick to tell you, he doesn't care what anybody outside of Cleveland's locker room thinks, nor should he. "Just the combination of offense and defense, the talent that they've been able to amass, it puts them in position where this is a dynasty to me".

"They have their youth, they have their health". Or at least turn Matthew Dellavedova into almost a $38.5 million player over the life of his new four-year MIlwaukee Bucks contract. Let's not forget this season's Warriors with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. Last year, the Cav's were down in the series by 3-1, and they did the impossible by winning 3 straight games to win the NBA Championship.

The Warriors are 12-0 in these playoffs and 10-0 since Brown took the reins. Golden State would be wise to make sure no unsung heroes appear to aid the Cavs effort."He's so versatile, he can really play anywhere on the court". "But Curry and Durant are on such a roll that it may not matter". Now you have to take into account how special that 2010 dance was going to be.

In many statistical categories, this year's team was superior to the record 73-win club. Last year, Russell Westbrook was Durant's teammate.

Maybe they can use Van Gundy's words as motivation to keep the All-Stars in the Bay Area.

"They stepped it up a level in the playoffs defensively", Durant said of the Cavaliers. I don't feel like we're underdogs. "If I don't play up to my standards, then that's what - that's when I get upset".

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While there has been little intrigue all season long, a ho-hum regular season and predictable start to the playoffs will soon be a distant memory if the Cavs and Warriors produce a memorable series like previous year.

The Cavs will help defensively by leaving Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala because they can not help off the other Warriors shooters. What does that mean? Kyrie, after a slight hesitation, launched a three-point shot over the head of Steph Curry, 29.

Whenever a team has the best player on the floor, they always have a good chance in the series. He's been everything you want in a role model and more.

The 29-year-old is having the best post-season of his life, averaging 28.6 points on 50.2 per cent shooting from the field and 43.1 per cent from three-point range - all career bests.

Nevertheless, Van Gundy said "cause and effect" is still inconclusive, but that misses the point of the "rest" issue anyhow. I don't think it will jolt our guys at all. "We market our star players". Kevin Durant came on board, but only because a one-time massive spike in the salary cap (due to a new television deal) made it possible.

No one is more impressed by the performance of Warriors acting coach Mike Brown than his Cleveland Cavaliers counterpart.

"This is everything. You come to this point to win this series, not compete in this series". We're doing fine without me.