LeBron undaunted by challenge of facing Warriors in Finals

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A final decision on Kerr's status will be made prior to Game 1 on Thursday.

Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site. The Lions won the regular-season finale the week before the title game and scored first on a field goal by Walker.

Yes, they exceeded most people's expectations.

On Christmas Day, the Cavaliers beat the Warriors in Cleveland, 109-108, James later saying the game "lived up to what everyone wanted".

Kevin Durant, who signed a two-year, $54.3 million free agent contract last offseason, said his move to join the Warriors has not negatively affected the National Basketball Association and ruined parity in the league. This time, the Warriors win at home at Oracle and the confetti falls for them and their revenge tour. In the clinching game, he scored 25 points and became the first player in National Basketball Association history to score at least 25 points in the Finals-clinching victory without previously doing so in that regular season or in the earlier playoff games that year.

Ask the Suns or Knicks or the many other teams that have had their hearts broken by the lottery. Cleveland's perennial joyride to the Finals rolls over minor speedbump after minor speedbump.

After the team returned from Boston in the wee hours Friday morning, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue didn't go to bed and immediately began working on a game plan to stifle Golden State's powerful, multi-faceted offense.

Maybe, but as the teams gear up for Thursday night's series opener in Oakland, comments made by Warriors forward Draymond Green in October are reverberating around Cleveland.

Still, it wouldn't have mattered either way.

The Cavs should embrace the underdog role and gleefully play the "nobody gives us a chance" and "we'll just show up and try our best" cards. "You have friends or family members, they don't know what to text you at certain times", Love said after practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts.

There are a lot of story lines filling the Finals this year, and that's understandable when you get the same two teams in the Finals for third straight season. But James isn't even focusing on it like that - this is just how he plays. Love is just 28.

"This is a high powered team.it's going to be very challenging not only on me mentally but on our ballcub and on our franchise".

The good news is that the pieces are in place for that to happen.

But the Celtics have the No. 1 pick in the draft, along with the salary cap space to sign a top free agent.

The large spread could be viewed as surprising, considering the Cavaliers are 12-1 in this postseason, just a notch below the Warriors' 12-0. "I think my messaging is important, and I think we found the right balance where, I'll help out here but I'm not going to be on the sidelines during the games". "We still, obviously, have to keep growing as a group". So rather than add another scorer, Don Nelson figured Golden State might be better off getting a dominant man in the middle to shore up the defense in the 2007 National Basketball Association draft.

"He reminds me of a guy I played with - Rod Strickland". It's no secret that the Celtics covet Hayward's services and will be targeting him hard this summer. "I'm going to Cleveland". It wouldn't have mattered if I shot lights-out if we didn't finish the job off. "It means that I've got to go straight to work tomorrow, but I'm looking forward to watching these prospects".

They say the waiting is the hardest part and after another long, pretty much meaningless regular season and an bad playoffs, the NBA Finals are here.

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