Cavs vs Warriors - what's different this year?

Cavs vs Warriors - what's different this year?

Even in some of his Finals' losses, James should have been considered the MVP for just how dominate he was for his team.

Prior to Monday, the last time Kerr spoke to members of the media was in between Games 2 and 3 of the opening round. Durant will score his points, but his volume only minimizes Klay Thompson's input and Draymond Green's offensive involvement.

Guess no one was paying attention more than a quarter of a century ago - or at least no one had access to the information and opinion overload that exists today - because no matter what the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are, they are hardly new.

They call them "super teams" in some quarters, National Basketball Association rosters constructed with multi hall-of-famers, brilliant players in the primes of their careers who band together to lay wreckage to the rest of the league, teams that stand so far apart that there are those who wonder how much of a scourge they are on the game. They're a great team.

If Kevin Love just asked his coach or his star player, they'd say they're underdogs.

James knows he will have his hands full when the series opens on Thursday in Oakland but said he likes his team's chances of pulling off what Las Vegas would consider an upset.

"The whole underdog thing is amusing to me, because yeah, at the end of the day we are defending our title", Cavs forward Kevin Love said following Saturday's practice. "So, it's going to be very challenging not only on me mentally, but on our ballclub and on our franchise".

Past year the Cavaliers' finals win was pretty much sealed by a show-stopping performance by Kyrie Irving. "It's kind of in our minds that that's who we were going to see". We both added pieces that have helped our offensive package and defensive package be even more scary, and obviously you can see that. The Warriors are 12-0 overall through the first three rounds; the Cavs are 12-1.

Golden State, led by the NBA's golden boy (Stephen Curry) and, now, the NBA's biggest villain (Kevin Durant), hopes to avenge last year's Finals embarrassment, in which they blew a 3-1 series lead. James didn't speak to reporters on Saturday either, leaving Love to serve as the team's unofficial spokesman as the sports world inched closer to a matchup that seemed destined from the moment last season's Finals ended.

"I should be saying this with more emotion because it's hard for me", Warriors General Manager Bob Myers said last week, as part of his own update of Kerr's condition.

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