Cavs the champs but Warriors the favorites in the NBA Finals

Cavs the champs but Warriors the favorites in the NBA Finals

James is now the NBA's all-time leading scorer in the playoffs and needs just five more points to become the league's first 6,000-points scorer in the postseason. It was deafening. It was everywhere. O'Neal was the 2001 NBA Finals MVP. First of all, have we forgotten about LeBron James' insane performance in the 2016 finals when he was the catalyst who brought the Cavs back from a 3-1 deficit?

Hoops junkies we have had to wait for a while to get to "the trilogy" but it is finally here. "It's kind of killing me". "You work all summer, you work all season for so many years in a row hoping to get to this point". And, that's exactly what a team needs in the postseason, especially the Finals. He missed the first series between these teams and was bad previous year when he averaged just 8.5 points on 36.2 percent from the field.

Obviously, the Warriors will look to Kevin Durant as one of their main offensive weapons.

The NBA Finals get under way on Thursday, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors going head-to-head for a third year in succession.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23).

NO WORRY FROM CURRY: After a knee injury in the playoffs and a quick turnaround following the conference finals, Curry wasn't in top shape last June. But this year, Curry said, "Knowin' that it's gonna be against Cleveland, it's gonna be tough". "He's been shooting it pretty well. This is probably going to be my biggest challenge and I'm ready for it".

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The Cavs have won 9 straight road playoff games and they are now leading playoff team in field goal percentage (50.7%), three-pointers made per game (14.6), three-point percentage (43%) and offensive rating (120.7). Don't let it overtake what's at stake, but you can feel a little redemption if you want. Twice he has dished out eight assists.

"It's definitely unique", Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said.

He is averaging 32.5 points per game in these playoffs, eclipsed only by the 35.3 per-game average as a spry 24-year-old in 2009.

Right from the start of the season, everyone was talking about Golden State and Cleveland. They have limited the Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics to 45 percent shooting, ranking third in that category during the playoffs after being barely average (16th, 45.8 percent) in the regular season. This year, they will need more than the Big 3 to win; the bench has a major role to play in that regard.

From right, Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson line up to shoot during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. "I thought he did a good job of that. Sometimes I won't even say anything, and he'll just talk". "He's put us in a great position". If we add a seventh player to the best-of list, the Cavaliers' Kevin Love would be it. He missed, letting out a loud "ahhhh!" "You don't get here without it". You're looking at your phone no matter what, so you see it, you hear it, but the underdog thing, we don't really pay attention to that.