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Beaten past year by Cleveland's historic comeback, the Warriors will try to avenge that defeat and get back on top when they face the Cavaliers again, the first time two teams have met three straight times in the NBA Finals.
After the Warriors took out Cleveland in six games to win it all in 2015, the Cavs roared back in 2016 by becoming the first team in Finals history to overcome a 3-1 deficit and emerge as champions.
James is 3-4 overall in the best-of-seven series, losing his first appearance 10 years ago, but has become the only man to lead two different clubs into the finals 4 times.
The move would permit the Warriors to keep their entire core together with two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry potentially signing one of the first five-year contracts created by the new collective bargaining agreement.
Want your voice heard? The Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, June 1.
The team who have finished last season (regular) with 73-9 added one of the best players in the league to their roster - Kevin Durant.
"Any time someone beats you, you'd love to play them", Green said.
No player in this series holds more pressure on his shoulders than Kevin Durant.
- Golden State finished with 67 wins in the regular season, tied for the seventh-most in National Basketball Association history.
There should be plenty of points scored here between the two teams. He is one of those players, who takes his game to another level in such stages. James and Durant figure to cover each other at small forward; Green has slowed down Cavs power forward Kevin Love in the past, and Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving is challenging Curry as the best at the position. The Warriors swept the Spurs in four games to advance to their third straight NBA Finals.
In a report by Cleveland.com, it was mentioned that Brown said this year's NBA Finals is not a way for him to get back at the Cavaliers for what they did in 2010 and 2014.
With his big performance in Game 5 that helped start Cleveland's comeback, his 3-pointer in Game 7 and then his go-ahead basket in their Christmas Day matchup, Irving has repeatedly hurt the Warriors.
Golden State won in 2015, while Cleveland erased a 3-1 deficit to win its first Championship past year. The Warriors get most of their rebounding from Draymond Green, while the Cavaliers have Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love and LeBron James who are all very good rebounders.
Pretty soon, the Warriors won't have cap space to add any big names - in fact, they may eventually have one of the most expensive payrolls in National Basketball Association history.
We just hope no injuries, suspensions or any outside factors will take place and that the both teams will enter this competition in their best mood.