They've undoubtedly been the best two teams in the NBA, sharing the last two NBA Championships to show for it-with a third on the way. But they displayed their superiority over the final two games to wrap up the series. James is a great defender but now he has to worry about Durant on the defensive end instead of guarding the like of Harrison Barnes. "With that being said, tonight I'll start my prepping, and we'll see what happens". "I always have an open-door policy".
Everyone around the National Basketball Association has pointed to this matchup for a full year, and if the Finals don't deliver an epic showdown. well, that's a damaging knock against the National Basketball Association.
A champion with the Miami Heat in 2012 and '13 in addition to winning it all with the Cavs last year, James spoke like the seasoned 14th-year pro he is when asked if the current Cleveland team was the best he's played on.
Mercifully, brutally, LeBron James scuttled them three straight times with his brute power and rascal finesse.
"It's going to be very challenging", James said.
Kerr will still be a major part of everything the Warriors do, of course-in fact, he assigned himself the task of going back through all of last year's Finals games and delivering a scouting conclusion.
With the unblemished Warriors waiting, James opted to douse them in accolades rather than cast any barbs.
"Eastern Conference finals, that's the biggest stage I've ever been on", Thomas said at the team's practice facility in Waltham, Massachusetts.
The edited version of Durant's colorful response to the fan: Prepare to be swept.
"He's one of the most risky guys we have in the world already", James said. Obviously adding an MVP to a team that already has a two-time MVP makes them even more impressive.
The Celtics lost that game by 44 points to fall behind 0-2 in the best-of-seven series, then announced the next day that Thomas was done for the season. The Warriors have an average margin of victory in the postseason of 16.1 points, and have won by fewer than 10 points only once.
James also had eight rebounds and eight assists on Thursday night.
Durant's decision to leave an excellent team in Oklahoma City and join the only team that finished ahead of the Thunder in the West renewed questions about the league's ability to create parity in a superteam era.
"It's a little ironic that things happen in life this way". Maybe there's a lack of appreciation for greatness.
Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue was quoted earlier this week saying he thought Boston's offence was "harder to defend" than Golden State's.
Cleveland Cavaliers, from left, Kevin Love, LeBron James, Kyle Korver and Iman Shumpert celebrate a basket during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Boston.
That's what observers expect every night in The Finals.
But James can do things on his own-mostly. The latest trip up came when his Thunder blew their own 3-1 lead to these Warriors just past year.
Riley: Cleveland doesn't possess that fourth All-Star like Golden State does, but you can nearly count James as two superstars in one because of the flexibility he brings to the Cavs.
In the first championship meeting in 1952, Layne and Walker ran for TDs to give the Lions a 17-7 win and their first championship since 1935.