Durant gets chance to follow LeBron's path to National Basketball Association title

Durant gets chance to follow LeBron's path to National Basketball Association title

As long as Golden State limits turnovers, they should be able to stay productive offensively.

Let the Warriors shoot 50 percent, they're nearly certainly going to win. But Cleveland has gone 12-1 in the playoffs with an average win margin of 13.6 points, James becoming the all-time National Basketball Association playoff top scorer in the process. My heart wants to pick the Cavaliers, who are fueled by the beastly force of nature that is LeBron James - ascending toward becoming the absolute GOAT.

The two best players in basketball of the past five years lead these two previously starving franchises.

Having swept through the first three rounds of competition to the tune of a 12-0 record, and heading into the first two games at home, Kerr maintained that his involvement would be rather similar as if he were in the sidelines. LeBron James is arguably the best player of all time and certainly among the top three.

James has probably never been better than he is now.

Brown, who once coached James with the Cavaliers, has emphasised perseverance when dealing with James, especially since Kevin Durant will be dealing with him much of the time. For example, the 2015-16 Warriors had a season point differential of plus-10.8 and a net rating of 11.8. ― Reuters picOAKLAND, May 31 ― Cleveland superstar LeBron James, as versatile and risky as any NBA player, is a focus of the Golden State Warriors as they prepare for tomorrow's start of the NBA Finals. The Warriors took a commanding 3-1 lead but things changed when Draymond Green was suspended for game 5. Cleveland has trailed in three games by double digits but came back to win each one.

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To the Predators' credit, they demonstrated plenty of resilience and dictated play throughout the final two periods. Mike Sullivan's coach's challenge has wiped out what looked like the first goal of the Stanley Cup Final.

Open up the beer fridge, pass the Pringles and turn up the "Roundball Rock": the NBA Finals tipoff on Thursday when the Golden State Warriors host the Cleveland Cavaliers. Clearly, Cleveland understands what it takes to frustrate the Warriors just enough.

The question is, can they really destroy Cleveland?

While LeBron kept scoring, it was Durant that was the difference - he was getting to the rim for dunks and attacking in ways the Cavaliers could not stop. But can this collective core match the additional firepower Durant brings with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green? Now with Durant in that mix in what essentially was Barnes' spot, the Warriors have found different dimensions both offensively and defensively. He's shooting 56.5 percent from the field compared to 54.8.

"Since I've been in this league, it's hard to get to the playoffs, let alone march all the way to the finals", guard Iman Shumpert said. He's playing at an MVP level this postseason, and if he continues to do so, the Cavaliers have a great opportunity to repeat. Golden State Warriors' JaVale McGee dribbles during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. The total has gone over in 15 of the Cavaliers' last 21 games. They are 12-0 in the playoffs. They're rested. They're healthy. Not against Golden State, anyway.

And just as a move paid championship dividends for James after a prior finals loss, it could do the same in June for Durant.