LeBron on Warriors Match-up: 'Going to be Very Challenging'

LeBron on Warriors Match-up: 'Going to be Very Challenging'

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) warms-up before the start of game five of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. I've played against Ray [Allen], KG [Kevin Garnett], Paul [Pierce], [Rajon] Rondo and Doc [Rivers].

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) ruled himself out of being on the bench for Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers but said he could return at some point in the series. "So, it's going to be very challenging not only on me mentally, but on our ballclub and on our franchise".

"How can Cleveland beat Golden State now when they barely beat them a year ago?" No other team in National Basketball Association history has won more regular-season games over a three year span (207).

Kerr has battled migraines and nausea and has visibly looked to be in great pain when he coached through his ailments and Kerr says he's still feeling those effects even if he is getting closer to a return. In 2012, James and the Heat lost Game 1 before beating Durant and Oklahoma City four straight times.

The Warriors are using Durant in every imaginable way on offence, and James isnt surprised to see his good friend and Olympic teammate more mobile than he was with the Thunder.

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. "You adapt to the style and that's the same thing that happened to me when I went to Miami". "It makes it even more unsafe when you integrate that talent, those skills, with those guys".

On the brink of becoming the first player since the early 1960s to play in seven straight Finals, James finds himself in a similar — and somewhat surprising — situation. Durant averaged 30.6 points in the series, but James averaged 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists en route to winning his first title and being named Finals MVP.

For the sixth time, James enters the Finals as an underdog, hardly a role hes accustomed to before June.

James isn't anxious about point spreads or any odds.

Maybe James has nothing to fear.

David Griffin, the Cavs' general manager, says he hopes that "everybody says we have no chance" against the juggernaut Golden State Warriors.

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