Cavs' Kevin Love: We're defending champs, not Finals underdogs

Wednesday, 31 May, 2017

As of now, this third meeting set history.

Golden State, led by two-times reigning league MVP Stephen Curry, are in remarkable form after becoming the first team in league history to enter the Finals undefeated (12-0) since the National Basketball Association went to the current playoff format in 2003.

Cleveland is back for an encore, with a better team than the one that lost in 2015, with their Big 3 of LeBron, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love healthy. "Just day by day", Kerr said to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears when asked of his plans.

"How can I get the youth to feel like passing the ball is OK, making the extra pass is OK", James wondered.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue was quoted earlier this week saying he thought Boston's offense was "harder to defend" than Golden State's. "Drawing two defenders and no matter if you win or lose, if you make the right play, it's OK".

"As of right now I would not coach Thursday night. We'll be ready to go". Love said the work and energy the Cavs put into beating the Celtics will pay off in the Finals.

The 28-year-old Thomas aggravated the injury in game six of the Celtics' second-round series against the Washington Wizards. According to AOL.com, that means Curry and the Warriors have a 70 percent chance of winning the title, while LeBron James has a 33.3 percent chance to take his fourth ring.

All that said, Las Vegas oddsmakers have Golden State the heavy favorites (those odds are a reflection of what the betting public thinks).

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"Hell yeah", he said, his voice rising.

And in Game 7, with LeBron James scoring a triple double plus a massive block and the dagger three-point shot from Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers won the game and the title, ending a sports championship drought the city of Cleveland had been living under since 1964.

"I think the first thing for me was seeing the excitement on Kyle (Korver's) and Deron (Williams') face", James said. They're going to challenge us a lot, offensively, defensively, mentally, physically.

San Antonio won it all three years ago with a great mixture of talented young players alongside their veteran troika.

"Just how tough and determined the guy is, to be able to go through the situation he was going through on a day-to-day basis, still being focused and maintaining his focus for the team, you know, family is everything". Last year, Cleveland became the first team in NBA Finals history to come back after trailing the series 3-1. But you don't remember Miami 106, Charlotte 73 in Game 7 of their first-round series. The Cavs All-Star guard made his now famous go-ahead, step-back 3-pointer.

James is a different kind of scorer. "Going high, going low".

The NBA Finals get underway with Golden State, which finished with a league-best 67-15 record in the regular season, hosting Games 1 and 2 on June 1 and 4.

No, Kevin, you aren't the reason the Magic and Nets suck. "[But] in thinking about that game, it's amusing because I know the concept of making the right play, making a simple play, understanding that there are deciding moments in games and the difference between winning a championship or not could be one of those plays". We've got to come out and play.