LeBron James was terrific to start the game, going into halftime with 19 points, 11 rebounds and four assists (but also seven turnovers), but closed the game with only nine points on 4-for-12 shooting from there.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors face off tonight at 6PM PST for the third-straight year. The Warriors swapped out Harrison Barnes for Kevin Durant last offseason though, and are the favorites entering the series.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals tips off tomorrow night.
The Warriors are making history of their own by being the first team in the National Basketball Association to sweep the playoffs through three rounds, with a ideal 12-0 record entering the finals.The Cleveland Cavaliers were not far off with a 12-1 record after sweeping the Indiana Pacers, the Toronto Raptors and losing only one game to the Boston Celtics in game 3.
Not that anyone expected any different.
The Golden State Warriors took down the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games in the 2015 NBA Finals.
Silver also went on to defend Kevin Durant's decision to join the Warriors, a move that many people believe destroyed any chance of the National Basketball Association having parity. "We've got to work hard at practice and when the game comes on, get out there and go play". This is likely to be the ﬁrst National Basketball Association championship series in which both teams are coached by African Americans.
"I mean, I know him well. all the way back from my college days", Curry said. "I don't know if I'll ever be able to get over it", said Shaun Livingston. James again led the way in 2016, but he had their help, including Irving's dagger three to close out Game 7. "They got downhill, got to the spots where they wanted to go", forward Kevin Love said. "But at the end of the day winning a championship is winning a championship". "But in The Finals, you get the W, we'll take it". If anyone felt that way they were wrong on two counts: 1) James does not want to be the head coach, and he is very coachable, and 2) Lue, though young and small in stature is a demanding bulldog of a coach. The only connection between Durant's first NBA Finals in 2012 and this 2017 version, is LeBron James.
When the second-half opened, the Cavs couldn't hit the broad side of a barn, failing to score until the 7:52 mark, when James nailed a three-pointer that snapped a 13-0 Warriors run.
James, who took home NBA Finals MVP honors last year, is the only non-Boston Celtic to reach the NBA Finals seven years in a row, that in its own a massive feat. You can feel a little redemption (angle). "I'm sure come tip-off tomorrow, when I'm looking at those guys in that uniform, it will feel even more that way, but right now just kind of taking everything in stride". To take it further, never has there been a championship "rubber match" - the third installment between two teams that would break the tie - in any other North American professional team sport.
But the Cavs will certainly use the underdog label as motivation, along with Draymond Green's comments from earlier this season that Golden State wants to "destroy" and "annihilate" Cleveland. "He's put us in a great position". "And hopefully we keep it going, but we fully respect and are aware that this team that we're playing, they're the champions and we're not", Kerr said.
No player in this series holds more pressure on his shoulders than Kevin Durant. He was the third-best player on the Cavaliers during the finals a year ago, as he seemingly grabbed every rebound in his eyesight.
The Warriors made the flawless start after becoming the first side in history to enter the finals with a 12-0 record.