LeBron James undaunted by Warriors

Cavs beat Celtics to earn NBA Finals rematch with Warriors

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are meeting in the NBA Finals for the third straight year.

Still suffering from a cold, Cavaliers small forward LeBron James sniffled throughout a 13-minute interview session Sunday at Cleveland Clinic Courts, but he's not sick his team is once again an underdog in Las Vegas as he enters his eighth NBA Finals. So this is the rubber match, and now former MVP Kevin Durant is added to the mix.

The Cavs won past year, so the Warriors went out and added Kevin Durant, who it should be noted is good at basketball.

James' efforts helped Cleveland to a 135-102 victory in Boston that clinched the Eastern Conference. Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debate this vital question for an answer.

Love wasn't referring to anyone specifically, although there was much to draw from in last year's NBA Finals. That put him at 29 points in the game and put his post-season scoring total at 5,989 points, compared to 5,987 for Jordan.

There will be no love lost between these teams, especially after Green, whose Game Five suspension in the 2016 Finals was considered by many to be the turning point, said last November he wanted to "destroy" and "annihilate" the Cavs in a championship rematch.


So what do the Warriors have to do to get that fourth win? "I started to focus on myself, on other players and other people around my neighborhood because I never thought that you could get to a point where Mike was".

As much as one player changing teams can affect the National Basketball Association landscape, Durant's move did so, perhaps the most significant change of scenery since LeBron moved to Cleveland. The Warriors can spread any defense thin with their buffet of options. "I would say I've gotten a little bit better, that's why I'm here talking to you right now, but you can probably tell I'm not sitting here happy-go-lucky". Durant signed a two-year, $54.3 million contract with the Warriors last offseason.

That has left Mike Brown, twice fired by the Cavs and James' coach in Cleveland from 2005-10, as Golden State's bench boss. The Cavs set an National Basketball Association record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity.

MJ met Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and Karl Malone in the playoffs in seasons in which they won the Maurice Podoloff trophy.

Durant has suffered some large losses to James in the past - including losing the 2012 Finals to James' Heat team when Durant was with the Thunder - but the Warriors coaching staff believes that Durant's length and tenacity can give James some trouble. Will the Warriors be haunted by letting last season's 3-1 lead slip away? Durant will clarify his comments the following day, and even apologize to fans who were offended. We are a better Cavaliers team and they are a better Warriors team but what does that mean?

Kerr, 51, traveled with the team for the final two games of the Western Conference Finals in San Antonio, the first time he joined the Warriors on the road since taking his indefinite leave on April 23.

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