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02 June 2017, 08:35 | Jackie Morgan

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. The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland. While Cleveland continued to add depth to its championship winning squad, Kevin Love's emergence this season has also been huge for the Cavs this season.

James is the best all-around player in the game today because of his size, strength and skill level that allows him to do more things on the court than Curry or Durant.

The 28-year-old, who averaged 25.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game this season, spent his first nine years of his National Basketball Association career with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

James was the captain of one team, while Durant was the captain of the other.

Stephen Curry (white) drives on LeBron James and Richard Jefferson in the 2016 NBA Finals.

So, naturally, I'm picking Cleveland to repeat as world champs.

Durant is expected to be the difference-maker this time around for the Warriors as he seeks his first National Basketball Association championship. It's going to happen at some point, so they need to just stick to their strengths and continue to put up shots.

He added that "win or lose, his legacy can really be hurt a whole lot" in LeBron's case. In Game 7, a 95-88 victory in Miami, he scored 37 points.

Now, all the focus of this Finals is on LeBron and KD.

Curry said there's "not a chance" he'd shave that beard before the NBA Finals are over. "No matter the Browns, the Indians, the Cavs and so on, and all other sports teams, they continue to support us". He did past year.

Look for Golden State to push the pace and make an early statement with a big win and cover. The Warriors' best lineup against the Cavaliers probably has both players on the floor at the same time, with Iguodala on James and Thompson defending Irving, so Thompson said he doesn't get caught up in whether his shot is falling.

The loss to Cleveland was morally deflating for Golden State and they were never able to fully recover.

Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant prepares to shoot during practice on Wednesday in Oakland, Calif.

James is looking to add to his already-impressive legacy that when all is said and done, will stack him up favorably with the all-time greats to have played in the National Basketball Association. Over the summer, the Warriors signed Kevin Durant which has definitely made the team even more dominant, having gone 12-0 in these playoffs. Love has averaged a quiet 13.8 points in the postseason but should be eager to pick it up against a Celtics team that knocked him out of the 2015 playoffs when he became tangled with Olynyk and dislocated his shoulder.

Let's be honest, the biggest bull's eye is on Kevin Durant's jersey. Durant jumped ship to join the Warriors this offseason and was heavily criticized for it. With the 22nd defense of the league and problems with clinching the game, there were doubts if they can get past Boston or even Toronto in the conference semis. Kevin Durant cannot afford to lose these Finals and neither can Golden State.

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