Cavaliers prepare for a road Game 1

Vegas is betting against them and the bookies are hardly alone. Over the last three games of the Finals last season, Curry shot just 30.8 percent on drives, per NBA.com's tracking, after shooting 54.5 percent over the first four. Golden State's bench has changed over the last three years, but the constants of its second unit have always been those two. By the end of three quarters Cleveland led 109-74, and the Cavs' 75 first-half points were the most in an National Basketball Association playoff game since 2003, and the most ever scored by the Cavaliers.

"The whole underdog thing is amusing to me, because, yeah, at the end of the day we are defending our title". We have to have low turnovers, and we have to try to make them miss because some of those guys play a lot better at home. I think we will use it as fuel.

"They're a tough team to go against regardless", Love said. I don't feel like we're underdogs.

Personally, I think none of the competing teams can be faulted on their numbers or capability. No other playoff team has an offensive efficiency rating within five points.

James entered the game 27 points behind Jordan. He said he wanted us.

Last year, the Golden State Warriors were undeniably phenomenal, breaking records left, right and centre, regular and postseason. The Warriors are being led in the postseason by Stephen Curry.

Despite the challenge, the Cavs lead the Eastern Conference finals 3-1 and can close out the series with a Game 5 win at TD Garden on Thursday.

After a whole year filled with speculation that they'd meet in the NBA Finals once again, the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers went a combined 24-1 as they steamrolled through their respective conferences. He got the debate ranging on if he is the best point guard in the Eastern Conference and anyway you look at it, Irving is an elite National Basketball Association player on a great Cavaliers team. The next year they defeated Toronto after it needed seven games to get past a Heat team without Bosh and, for the final four games, Hassan Whiteside. They've been super-impressive. It's kind of in our minds that that's who we were going to see. It was an incredible achievement from one of the NBA's greatest players ever, but just like anybody that grew up when James did there's a story to be told. Obviously, adding an MVP [Kevin Durant] to a team that already has a two-time MVP [Curry], that makes them even more impressive. "It's making us work", the Cavs coach said. Golden State, Cleveland stands a great chance of defending their title.

Lue knows the Cavs are facing a hard task, one made tougher with the addition of the versatile Durant, who can score down low, from the perimeter and free-throw line. But if the Warriors go smaller more in this series, as expected, Durant and Draymond Green's defensive rebounding becomes even more important.

"He's moving around a lot more", he said. These athletes' most persistent haters seem to be the same people who know the most about them: people who can detail every game, pick apart every interview, criticize every move in and out of competition.

If nothing else, Lue said their recent taste of adversity should help them remain humble heading into Game 5.

"This will be talked about long after us", Green said. Barring any sudden injuries or ejections, we look at the matchups that will decide this year's NBA Finals.

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