Can The Cavs Upset The Warriors? [AUDIO]

Can The Cavs Upset The Warriors? [AUDIO]

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Durant's presence also benefited Curry, who hit six 3-pointers on the way to a 28-point night. He dished off even when he could have slammed it home, and did it all on defense.

One year after blowing a 3-1 lead, it's safe to say the Warriors have not lost a shred of their renowned confidence. But he has downplayed it, saying that the elbow doesn't hurt and that he feels "totally different" physically heading into this year's NBA Finals compared to 2016.

But if you want to know how it ends, it comes down to Game 7 with Kevin Durant scoring a game-high 41 points to help seal the Warriors' 132-106 victory and the title.

"When he's going, he makes their team a lot better", Green said, "so it is my job to try to take him out of the game". "I think when you're the prohibitive favorite against LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, that means you're a heck of a team, and they sure are". LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant.

Stephen Curry: A two-time NBA MVP himself, the universally beloved player initially struggled to adjust to his new mega-teammate but now enters the Finals at the top of his game.

When Cleveland stayed on Curry, Durant got easy dunks in transition. So going to The Finals three straight years, you have to enjoy it. He averaged a quiet 13.8 points in the first two rounds, then busted out for 22.6 points and 12.4 rebounds per game against Boston in the Eastern Conference finals.

So let's go back to Game 7 of last year's finale.

The Warriors like to run, and the key for the Cavs is to slow them down.

He had won the first battle with King James.

OAKLAND-You could nearly see Kevin Durant raise his hand, step forward, and tell the world (silently): Let me take on LeBron James.

"I didn't think [the Cavs] had a chance a year ago". Cleveland, however, overturned a 3-1 series deficit to emerge triumphant.

Blunt Thompson's offensive rebounding prowess and the Warriors have an excellent shot at taking home the championship.

Now, all the focus of this Finals is on LeBron and KD. He shot 14 for 26 in his fifth 30-point performance this postseason, receiving a rousing ovation when he sat down for good with 2:16 remaining. He's in better health now, even while wearing a sleeve over his elbow to protect some swelling. This marks the third consecutive year the Cavs and Warriors have faced each other in the finals (a first in National Basketball Association history), with both teams splitting the first two matchups. That's why Lue is fearful of the Cavs being sloppy, turning over the basketball to set up Golden State fast breaks. The NBA hasn't had a championship series in which both teams reached The Finals with one loss or fewer in the playoffs since the 1950s, when teams played far fewer postseason games before The Finals.

Kerr, who said Monday that his status is "up in the air", led the Warriors in practice this week for the first time since he took a leave of absence to see a back specialist at Duke, where he underwent a procedure to fix a spinal fluid leak.

Acting coach Mike Brown isn't surprised to see Green take a more controlled approach this post-season.

It's all just about the team, Durant insisted. Curry became the fifth player in National Basketball Association history with 300 career playoff 3s after coming in with 295.

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