Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant taking NBA Finals in stride
Jun 03 2017 by Marjorie Miles
For the record, Golden State and Cleveland are 1-1 in the two times they had clashed in the regular season.
For the Cavaliers, back-to-back titles would be something a championship-starved city could have never expected. He may not be out there long if the Warriors decide they need more mobility against Thompson, who is almost averaging a double-double and shooting 60 percent while creating plenty of extra possessions with his offensive rebounding for the Cavaliers. Then they took out their revenge in the 2014 Finals against the Heat, winning in five games.
Kerr has been out of action since Game 2 of the Warriors' first-round National Basketball Association playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers as he searched for a remedy for the migraines and nausea he's experienced stemming from back surgery almost two years ago.
Not that anyone expected any different.
Act III in this trilogy is overloaded with storylines, with the biggest being whether James and Co. have enough firepower to go toe-to-toe with the Warriors, who added superstar Kevin Durant to a team that won 73 games a year ago before its finals flameout. I think we will use it as fuel.
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This matchup has seemed ordained since James walked off the court in Oakland last June, having delivered his native northeast OH its first major team championship since 1964. "Even though I wasn't here the last couple years, talking and hearing the stories and watching the film kind of transfers me and I feel like I've been part of this team". Steph woke up in Game 5 of the 2015 Finals, going for 37 points with 13-of-23 shooting. "You know I understand that that's my job. My only motivation is to be able to compete for a championship every single year". He has led Golden State to 10 straight wins to make it the first team in National Basketball Association history to open a postseason 12-0.
Kerr had said on Monday his status remained "up in the air" but that he expected a final decision on his status to be made shortly after Game 1, if not before.?General manager BobMyers has said he's open to Kerr returning when healthy regardless of how deep the Warriors are in the Finals. "Just a natural progression as a player". However, though it breaks my heart to write this, I believe that the Warriors will win the championship this year. If those averages look remarkable, then Warriors fans should get ready for a treat when the Finals tip off, especially if Durant gets into the zone the way he did in 2012. James won his first National Basketball Association title five years ago at Durant's expense, and now Durant tries to get his first playing against James.
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. Facing two top-10 offensive teams in the semifinals and conference finals, Cleveland allowed more than 105 points just once. But, although Cleveland has its own pack of All-Star wonders, one less than Golden State, theres only little said about the explosive Kyrie Irving and the quietly efficient Kevin Love. And if many have criticized the playoffs for being non-competitive, this matchup should be the proverbial pot at the end of the rainbow.
According to the odds makers in Las Vegas and the number crunchers at analytical sites, the Warriors are the clear favorites to win the series after sweeping their way through the playoffs with a record-setting margin of victory of 16.3 points per game. "But I think we got a great group of guys, headlined by one of the best guys to ever do it". We're going to have to be big for us to win this series. It hardly mattered that the Warriors got a total of 15 points on combined 6 of 28 shooting from Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Durant weathered the fallout of his move to Oakland, and he may just be the last man on the podium, facing the press, when the dust settles on this Finals.