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Monday, 29 May, 2017

"The whole underdog thing is amusing to me, because, yeah, at the end of the day we are defending our title", Love said Saturday after the Cavs' first practice in preparation for the Warriors since clinching a spot in the Finals. We all gave our heart every single night, played as hard as we could. The comparison of always trying to compare people either living or still playing or not playing, I think it's great for barbershops, but for me I'm just trying to put my mark on the game and leave a legacy behind so I can inspire the next group of kids that want to play the game the right way. We'll go from there. It's tough for me to say that is the case.

"I've got to do what's best for me in the long run, what's best for my body", Thomas said. I'd be lying if I said I don't feel a little bit nervous picking against LeBron James, but I just think the Warriors have too much talent.

The East is pretty much a one-team conference. No, you remember LeBron James' chase-down block and an epic Game 7 of the NBA Finals that made way for the ideal summer of Warriors blowing 3-1 lead jokes.

Love complimented Green's competitiveness and aimed a verbal volley at Northern California.

But don't tell that to Kevin Love, who doesn't see the Cavs that way. But no one forgets his performance in game 7, including the clutch shot over a slightly-too-late Kawhi Leonard, finishing with 37 points in 45 minutes en route to a 95-88 win, 2nd consecutive National Basketball Association championship and back-to-back Finals MVP awards.

Detroit became the league's third repeat victor in the championship game the following season when Layne threw a 33-yard TD pass to Jim Doran with just over 2 minutes remaining for a 17-16 victory. The Warriors and Cavs are 1-1 wins apiece entering the trilogy of National Basketball Association championship rounds.

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While Jordan (179 games) did play in 33 fewer games than James (212 games) did, Jordan (4,497 field goal attempts) took 120 more shots than James did (4,379 field goal attempts) to get to 5,987 postseason points.

There's also the irony that Brown, the first coach who took James to an NBA Finals in 2007 - Cleveland was swept by San Antonio - will now coach against him, likely in the same leading role he's had for Golden State since head coach Steve Kerr was forced to take a break because of continued problems with his surgically repaired back.

Love was asked if the Cavs wanted the Warriors. "We were talking about the same thing [how boring the playoffs have been] at the same time past year". They added one of the top three players in the world this season. Obviously adding an MVP to a team that already has a two-time MVP makes them even more impressive. "We knew they'd be right there".

Tyronn Lue, who led the Cavs to a franchise-first National Basketball Association title, reckons the underdog title does not serve as a motivation for his team since they're trying to repeat as champions. The Cavs have shown plenty of warts on the defensive end, but the Celtics haven't had the shooters to take advantage of open looks they created all over the floor.

The Warriors are using Durant the way he envisioned, but Lue has noticed changes in the All-Star. So they deserve a lot more credit than, well, they're talented. "This is a great moment, and this is not promised", James said.

"I have no clue what's going to go on", said Celtics guard Marcus Smart. Doubtful. This would bring his NBA Finals record to 4-4 - outrageous, definitely, but he's still not at six.