What Warriors and Cavaliers are saying ahead of historic rematch

Posted June 02, 2018

James went on to praise the Warriors, who have won two championships over the last three years in 2015 and 2017 - and are highly favorited to beat the Cavaliers again this time around.

Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Iman Shumpert and Kyrie Irving were the five active players for the Cavs, while Kevin Love and what seems to be Mo Williams step onto the court with 0.5 seconds remaining. That said, the odds indicate that this is looking like James' greatest challenge yet - before this series against the Warriors, the longest odds James had ever faced were +360 in his first Finals appearance against the San Antonio Spurs in 2007.

Love suffered a concussion Friday in Game 6 of the conference finals and missed Game 7 against the Celtics.

But it's amusing to imagine what would have happened if the rules were strictly upheld during this game.

The Warriors will be without forward Andre Iguodala (knee) for Game 1. Neither player can match the all-around production the Warriors get from Draymond Green in defence, rebounding and passing.

"We've got lots of guys who can take on that job", Kerr said. Thompson lay grimacing in pain then went to the locker room with what was called a bruised left leg that needed re-taping. "If we win this championship and I don't win Finals MVP, I'm going to be smiling just as wide and just as big".

"We're light-years ahead of probably every other team in structure, in planning, in how we're going to go about things", Lacob said.

Second quarter, 6:25, 44-40 Cavs: Klay Thompson has returned, and he's back to hitting 3-pointers. The three-time National Basketball Association champion made 6 of 11 field-goal attempts against Durant, 3 of 6 against Iguodala, and 1 of 4 against Green in two regular-season contests both won by the Warriors.

First quarter, 4:26, 24-21 Cavs: LeBron James is up to 12 points in eight minutes. Considering he is averaging 34 points, 9.2 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game these playoffs, that at least feels possible. Home run king Barry Bonds was in attendance. "We're moving on as a team". The mind is a powerful thing, so it is good to go through hard situations, because once you get out of it, you learn from it.