Warriors open as favorite over Cavs in NBA Finals

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"It doesn't matter to me".

"I think it's just the joy of being able to compete for a championship", James said.

But the three-times National Basketball Association champion was also quick to point out that he has faced such a talent-laden squad on the NBA's biggest stage before - in 2013 against San Antonio while playing with Miami - and came out on the winning side.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are actually a part of a lot of special things.

Game 5 takes place in Boston on Thursday. It's the matchup most expected, the matchup most predicted, and probably the matchup the Cavaliers and Warriors wanted as well. What does that mean?

"(The Celtics) are giving us everything that they have, and we're expecting it, and we want the challenge", said James. "That's all I can give you right now, because I'm happy and I don't want to be stressed". "I couldn't have made everybody (else) in the West better".

They were crowned National Basketball Association champions in 2015 but were defeated last year as Cleveland's 52-year wait for a major sporting title came to an end.

"Whatever they have to do to continue to play at - not just a normal level - at an MVP level, that's what I've been on the doctors about", he said. "Talent will only get you so far". You're able to reshape what you do offensively and still be in a good rhythm.

They say the waiting is the hardest part and after another long, pretty much meaningless regular season and an very bad playoffs, the NBA Finals are here. If needed, the series would then alternate between Golden State and Cleveland for the final three games of the best-of-seven series on June 12, 15 and 18.

Like the country is split between red and blue, it seems like sports fans have line up on Team Golden State or Team LeBron.

And after adding a former MVP to a team already boasting a two-time victor of that award, Golden State have cruised through these playoffs, sweeping three series with an average winning margin of 16.3 points a game.

It took awhile for everything to jell, but Golden State will enter the series opener having won 27 of its last 28 games.

Barkley gets a lot of heat for his comments.

Lue chuckled before the game when he was asked if he planned to say anything to James following his sub-standard performance in Game 3. We will certainly be remembering this series for a long time.

"He's one of the most risky guys we have in the world already", James said.

All of this is to say that even though James admitted shooting fadeaways as a kid like Mike, and wearing wristbands and leg sleeves and red shoes and short shorts - "so you could see my undershorts underneath" - like Mike, he still has his own legacy. The big star for the Giants that year was future Yankees manager Casey Stengel, who hit an inside-the-park homer in the ninth inning to win Game 1 and drove in the only run in Game 3 with another homer. James is set to go head-to-head with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving-the player that made the big shot to ruin the Warriors' hopes of a second title in a row-going up against the greatest three-point shooter ever in Stephen Curry, Kevin Love against the Warriors' defensive player of the year candidate Draymond Green and J.R Smith trying to keep up with the other splash brother in Klay Thompson.

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