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Underdog Cavs insist they have plenty of bite for Finals

Underdog Cavs insist they have plenty of bite for Finals

There's also the irony that Brown, the first coach who took James to an NBA Finals in 2007 - Cleveland was swept by San Antonio - will now coach against him, likely in the same leading role he's had for Golden State since head coach Steve Kerr was forced to take a break because of continued problems with his surgically repaired back.

That was LeBron James' same mindset Thursday night, not wanting to think about the Warriors yet. "They're not just laying down". The David Blatt-led Cavs were a shell of themselves, though, without Kevin Love for the entirety of the series and Kyrie Irving for the final five games. "We're trying to repeat, which is so hard to do".

"Think these guys are going to take a day to really enjoy themselves and we have a team that will certainly do that", Griffin said. We will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it? It made me go back to that.

"They want to let (the swelling) die down a little bit then take another MRI once everything is down and it's back to normal". Still, they beat the Cavaliers in Cleveland the next game before falling easily in Games 4 and 5.

We all know what happened previous year: the Warriors blew a 3-1 series lead against Cleveland, and LeBron James put the Cavs on his back en route to his third National Basketball Association championship.

Love complimented Green's competitiveness and aimed a verbal volley at Northern California.

Meanwhile, Thompson was the unsung hero of the last Finals, as his defense on Curry on the perimeter allowed Cleveland to remain big even when Golden State went to the Death Lineup.

Avery Bradley hit the game-winner from downtown, as he scored 20 points of his own, and dropped three 3-pointers. Most teams in the Eastern conference won't agree with that sentiment, but the Cavs winning a second straight championship won't evoke a feeling of helplessness among the rest of the league like a Warriors win would.

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With a 35-point performance, LeBron James made playoff history, passing Michael Jordan to become the league's all-time postseason scoring leader.

James has played 212 career playoff games ― and is now in the NBA Finals for a seventh straight time. Now, whether or not you believe James' Cavs teams or Heat teams have been more dominant in the conference playoffs, for Cleveland to keep pace with Miami it must find a way to defeat the stacked Warriors in the upcoming Finals.

"Want the Warriors?" he said. They're in a prime position to add some talented free agents and ought to have a monumental summer.

"I mean, listen, they're well coached", James said. "I'm very happy and I'm going to enjoy it until we play Golden State". MVP-like, even if he isn't in the consideration, which makes sense. We already know what the Warriors can do with Green at center.

The 51-year-old Kerr underwent a procedure May 5 to fix a spinal fluid leak stemming from complications after a pair of back surgeries in 2015, after the Warriors won their first championship in 40 years during his first season as coach.

Last year, the two met again - with a much healthier Cavs roster - and tensions flared in Game 4.

The Warriors are using Durant the way he envisioned, but Lue has noticed changes in the All-Star. Not only did he say the National Basketball Association has more talent than ever across the board, but he said it was disrespectful of their accomplishments from this season.

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER #1: Just passed Michael Jordan.

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