From the moment the final buzzer sounded after last year's Finals, the reigning champion Cavaliers and Warriors seemed destined to return this year for the ultimate grudge match between the last two National Basketball Association champions. But losing again to James, and failing to win a championship after joining a team that had already won a record 73 games and came within one win of a championship last season, could cast him adrift, similar to what happened to James when his Heat failed to beat the Dallas Mavericks in his first season in Miami in 2011.
The fun starts Thursday, June 1, Cavaliers vs. Warriors III. "You've just got to try and make it tough on them", Durant said. "Ignore is probably not the word".
Both teams have suffered championship loses at the hands of the other, so we can expect a hard fought series from two teams who do not want to go home empty handed.
Now, all the focus of this Finals is on LeBron and KD.
Thompson has been stellar on the defensive end even when his shot has been off and will likely be counted on at times to slow down Irving, who scored 98 points in the final three games a year ago, including the series-clinching 3-pointer.
"The best thing about tonight, obviously, was just our defensive presence and effort for 48 minutes", Curry said ignoring the big numbers both he and Durant put up.
James has just passed National Basketball Association icon Michael Jordan as the playoffs' all-time leading scorer with 6,000 career playoff points in 213 games. "He's been shooting it pretty well". Obviously, the Warriors now have Durant, who is shooting 41.7% from three this postseason. Twice he has dished out eight assists.
"It's just been such a better progression for Steph this post-season", Kerr, the ailing Golden State coach, told reporters Monday. The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of th.
This year, I'm going with the Cavaliers in six. If Golden State can cap off a title and win its second in three years, we're talking about a legacy team that will be listed among the best groups ever. They know the pain that comes with losing a Finals, particularly one where a 3-1 series lead gets wasted. This is his second-career appearance and first with the Warriors.
"That's a part of maturing and getting older in this league is you've got to realize every year you're a year older so you've got to tweak some things", teammate David West said.
We hope to see Stephen Curry and LeBron continue their great work scoring the ball. He missed, letting out a loud "ahhhh!" "But I've been playing pretty solid all year. Can't get caught up in your shot falling or not". One, James is the best player alive and his entire motivation now seems to revolve around collecting more rings. I've always been of the thought, when you get ripped off or when somebody gets ripped off, if it's not you, it's not a big problem.
James bought the house in 2015 for more than $20 million. "When you are playing against a risky team like we are playing in the Warriors and they have great pieces, just got to stay disciplined, understand that every possession is all out".
Hobbling Root fires England to easy win over Bangladesh
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Tamim century lifts Bangladesh to 305-6 against England
Bangladesh went into the match with a defensive mindset, preferring to play an additional batsman at the cost of wily Hasan. Both batsmen, however, fell in successive balls from Liam Plunkett to leave Bangladesh 261 for four in the 45th over.
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