We're all hoping for epic: a great series of close games and legendary individual performances, and payback for a wretched playoff season of non-competitive series devoid of drama for the most part. Korver ranks second among all active players with 104 playoff games without a Finals appearance, trailing only Joe Johnson's 112 games.
The bottom line is that this is going to be fascinating finals that everyone will be watching and talking about over the next two weeks. Warriors vs. Cavaliers Part III. It's the rubber match. Publicly, LeBron is happy to buy into Golden State's favored-nation status. Cleveland Cavaliers' Deron Williams, right, follows through on a shot as teammate LeBron James watches during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif.
Visibly shaken by an event he couldn't control, Cleveland's star struggled Wednesday to focus on his seventh straight NBA Finals or the Golden State Warriors. Might that push for history have worn them down a bit come the postseason? Pachulia is back and ready to go after missing two games in the Western Conference finals with a heel injury. Golden State's stacks up big with shooting guard Klay Thompson having 25 points per game against Cleveland, small forward Kevin Durant with 28.5, point guard Curry at 17.5 and power forward Green with 13.5 points. The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland.
Once again, we will be using ReplyAll technology, so this is a LIVE conversation. Shedding the runner-up image is why Durant bolted OKC for the Warriors in free agency. Frankly, the NBA's regular season was nearly a waste of time.
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.
This year, everyone is healthy, therefore no excuses for either team. Magic in 1987? Please, let me answer for you: Yes, it is.
We're on the eve of one of the finest series of nights of sporting theatre of the year: the National Basketball Association finals kick off on Friday, June 2nd, and for the third year in a row, it's LeBron's Cavs against Steph's Warriors. He's 3-4 in the previous seven.
At some point James might pass Jordan in the eyes of the fans, but more than likely he will stay behind His Airness.
However, Kerr not coaching during the Finals (assuming he does not return) probably will not be too big of a deal considering the Warriors have done just fine without him. Cleveland is 12-1. There are many who are convinced such top-heaviness is bad for the league. Its only loss was Game 3 of the East Finals vs. Boston when James was fighting an illness and held to a shocking 11 points.
That's why a historic 12-0 playoff start won't mean much if it doesn't culminate in a crown. The Warriors have won all but two of their games by double digits. If you beat one of those teams, you did something. That still may not be the most pleasant option - Love is an important offensive weapon for the team, and it doesn't pay him more than $20 million a year to sit on the bench.