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August 23 2017, 11:15 | Van Peters
The 2016 champions versus the 2015 champions.
LeBron James has had to bear the weight of the world on his broad shoulders ever since he was picked first in the 2003 NBA Draft.
The Green-Love matchup was the last thing the Cavs wanted last June.
"I'm glad he finally admitted that he owes me money because for many years he wouldn't admit that he owed me money".
Were not going to use that as motivation, Lue said.
The Cavaliers and Warriors split their two meetings this season, both winning at home. Cleveland has the No. 1 offensive efficiency in the playoffs with 120.7 points per 100 possessions; Golden State has the No. 2 at 115.8.
Golden State led the league with 67 wins this season and is a staggering 27-1 in its last 28 games - including a ideal 12-0 in the Western Conference playoffs, the first time a team has gone this deep into an National Basketball Association postseason without losing.
Want the Warriors? he said. "Thirty teams suit up every year trying to get to this point, and only two teams do". We're not using that as an excuse.
Already, the back-and-forth is underway.
After the team returned from Boston in the wee hours Friday morning, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue didnt go to bed and immediately began working on a game plan to stifle Golden States powerful, multi-faceted offence. Countered Golden State acting coach Mike Brown, when asked about it Thursday: "That's his opinion".
The Warriors were strong favourites previous year after setting an National Basketball Association record with 73 wins during the regular season.
There's also a clear respect level between the clubs. Respected basketball analysts on sports talk shows said the LeBron must have thrown the game on goal so that the team would realize that they had gaping holes that needed to be patched. Even with the addition of Kevin Durant, the Cavs know they beat this team a year ago and there's no reason for them to not believe they can't win again.
"I think what it has to do with, it has to do with the fact he's got a nice, long, fat contract with the Cavs and he realizes that he can finally afford to pay me the money that he owes me for the shooting game back in 2000 or whenever it was", Brown said with a grin.
On Saturday, we got another look into how the Warriors view Cleveland, this time through the eyes of Steph Curry.
The storylines are many. Durant certainly wasn't the first player to seek an instant championship through free agency. Will the Warriors be haunted by letting last season's 3-1 lead slip away? How will Golden State guard Kyrie Irving?
"The whole underdog thing is amusing to me, because, yeah, at the end of the day we are defending our title", Love said Saturday after the Cavs' first practice in preparation for the Warriors since clinching a spot in the Finals. Were in the NBA Finals.