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With the Warriors having beaten the Cavs in the NBA Finals in both 2015 and 2017, and the Cavs winning in 2016, Cleveland has a chance to settle the score.
Hamilton coached James Jones when the two were at the University of Miami, and he coached Okaro White when he played at FSU.
For the fourth year in a row, the Warriors will play the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. But having said that, LeBron James is an enormous challenge, an incredible player.
The 2018 NBA Finals will feature, once more, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. According to ESPN, the Warriors opened as 12-point favorites for Thursday night's Game 1, which is tied for the largest point spread in an NBA Finals game since 2001, when the Los Angeles Lakers were a 12-point favorite over Allen Iverson's Philadelphia Sixers in Game 1. The Cavaliers' victory becomes all the more remarkable given the absence of All-Star forward Kevin Love, who is out with a concussion suffered early in Game 6, and the fact that in the decisive Game 7, Cleveland dealt Boston its first (and as it happens, last) loss at home in this year's playoffs. "I'm just proud of the way we battled", Klay Thompson said. They praised James for accomplishing another historic feat. "We just didn't have the same energy that we had in that first half or the pace".
Thanks to a stunning series by LeBron James, however, they managed to survive that scare. He was injured in the final moments of Game 5.
Golden State rallied in both Game 6 and Game 7, as Paul looked on helplessly.
"Much respect to the Houston Rockets for bringing the best out of us and making this an incredible series and pushing us to the brink", Durant said."You've got to give respect to them and the great season that they had". But when he dusted him off and played him Monday, Curry almost brought him to his knees on D, and Houston got outscored by 12 points - keep in mind that the final margin was nine - in Anderson's 8 minutes on the court.
So, Vegas isn't exactly believing in the Cavs.
Jayson Tatum scored 24, Al Horford scored 17 and Marcus Morris added 14 points with 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who were looking to return to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.
Cleveland was only 50-32 this season. But it's just cool that every opportunity you step on the floor in the playoffs, the farther you go, somebody is going to challenge you.