NBA Finals: LeBron James compares 2017 Warriors to 2014 Spurs
May 30 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Love is averaging 17.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game this postseason, and is on pace to become the first player in league history to average 10 rebounds per game, shoot 45% from three-point range and make at least 20 three-pointers in a single National Basketball Association postseason. Cleveland defeats Golden State 109-108.
Guess no one was paying attention more than a quarter of a century ago - or at least no one had access to the information and opinion overload that exists today - because no matter what the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are, they are hardly new. He's someone I've always looked at, seeing the way he played the game and mastered the game and gotten better and better every year.
Playing with incredible dexterity, consistency, cohesion, underdog spirit but top-dog skillfulness, the Warriors became a favourite team to watch - supporter or not - and it was not hard to see why they became the team to hop onto for bandwagon supporters.
A day after Cavs forward Kevin Love proclaimed his team shouldn't be considered the underdogs, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr concurred, telling reporters Monday that Cleveland has the crown and should be the favorite.
They have already made it through the Western Conference at 12-0. "And if you add Pop (Gregg Popovich) in there, that's five Hall of Famers", James said of the 2014 Spurs team, via ESPN. I believe that we will find out this week, as James is set to face one of the most loaded National Basketball Association rosters ever compiled. "So now, with the way the Finals went down previous year, if I were in his shoes, I would want the same thing". James is averaging 32.5 points per game, while shooting over 42 percent from the three-point line, a career-high for LeBron. We both added pieces that have helped our offensive package and defensive package be even more scary, and obviously you can see that. We don't know yet. "It's kind of in our minds that that's who we were going to see".
The Warriors enter this year's edition of the NBA Finals with a ideal 12-0 record, while the Cavs' only loss came on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics.
Personally, I think none of the competing teams can be faulted on their numbers or capability. But I'm still picking the Cavs to win simply because of the psychological hold I believe LeBron James and his crew have on the Warriors. The Warriors may be the better team, but try convincing the Cavs of that.