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Capsule preview of the Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals matchup

The Warriors spoiled James' fairytale return to Cleveland from Miami by downing an injury-hit Cavaliers squad for the 2015 crown, their first in 40 years.

Cavaliers are on the wrong end of "The Shot", the name of a famed series-winning basket hit by Michael Jordan in the 1989 Eastern Conference quarter-finals that is one of the most replayed National Basketball Association plays in history. Rarely has a team not won at least two titles in that run - but one of these teams will lose and face that fate.

"I've played in much more games since then, got better as a player, more comfortable out there as a player", he said.

So: The Warriors are 12-0 in the playoffs, the Cavaliers 12-1. He is also entering his seventh straight Finals appearance. It's as if they had reservations. LeBron is averaging 32.5 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2.15 steals and 1.38 blocks per game in this year's playoffs.

Some of you might prefer variety. Why do I want to own a team? Cleveland's LeBron James is the NBA's version of the Hulk because when he's on, he's a monster to stop. The Warriors are 0-5-1 ATS in their last six home games after back-to-back road games, but over the longer term they are 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 home games when they were favored by 6.0 to 9.0 points. Of course not. Are you going to be excited about it, have an unbelievable feeling if you win?

"They are a great team".

So all things considered, even if ticket prices for the 2017 NBA Finals are down a little compared to prior years, they're still expensive.

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Contrast the Bulls with the Magic Johnson Lakers and Larry Bird Celtics who seemingly played each others in the finals year after year and decade after decade. No team has finished a postseason unbeaten.

Kerr, 51, travelled with the Warriors for the final two games of the Western Conference Finals in San Antonio. The series was tied 2-2 before the match started, but after Steph pulled off a sick crossover on Matthew Dellavedova, 26, to sink a 3-pointer. But we're both better. "Can you believe we had to tell him to shoot?"

I love to listen to birds chirping. can you really put anything past LeBron, who just had a truly incredible season and is probably the GOAT?

Guard Klay Thompson will find his shooting touch.

The other key natural progression has been Durant's chemistry this season with fellow star Stephen Curry. 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. The Cavaliers don't particularly excel at forcing defensive turnovers, and Green has been the best playmaking forward the National Basketball Association has seen since Larry Bird.

The surprise is that I'm picking Golden State to win in four straight games.

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