Cavaliers-Warriors set for ultimate Finals rubber match

The 2016 series was a ideal storm of ratings-driving storylines - Golden State's run at a Finals repeat after breaking the National Basketball Association record for regular-season wins; Cavaliers star LeBron James' effort to deliver on his promise to bring a long-anticipated pro-sports championship to Cleveland; and the Cavaliers' comeback after falling behind 3 games to 1 to Golden State. Everyone obsesses over the stars, and odds are guys such as LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson are going to play somewhat close to their skill level.

After going 12-0 and 12-1 respectively in the 2016-17 playoffs, Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are set to face off for the third consecutive time in the National Basketball Association finals.

The best news of all is that all the major players are healthy for this series.

We'll find out, one way or another. We have always had a mutual respect of one another, being competitors. The Warriors have spent a little more time waiting around to play this game after sweeping the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, that could cause them to have a little bit of rust coming into this one.

"He's special in so many ways".

"So when LeBron James scored those 25 straight points, it kind of reminded me of Micahel Jordan in 1991, with him going against the Pistons all those years, and the year he got over the hump and beat them was similar to when LeBron scored the 25 straight points and beat us". "His approach, his routine and just his relentlessness in chasing that greatness is special to watch". It's not something we talk about. He's the best to do it. James is under vast pressure to win it because he's LeBron, and every one of his successes and failures is magnified and dissected and placed in the grave context of "legacy".

FINALS REMATCH - While the Cavs and Warriors have played in the Finals the past two years, Durant and James met before that in different uniforms.

For me, the most pressure is not LBJ or KD ... it's about Steph. Brown is just more likely to go that n than Kerr from what we can tell.direction, which is something that I think many Warriors fans will appreciate. With the Cavs seeking to defend their title, this will be James' eighth Finals appearance in his 14-year career.

"Like trying to turn the antenna, because that's all we had back then, right?" he said Wednesday in the chaos of NBA Finals Media Day at Oracle Arena. "I think the world has been waiting for this to finally get here".

"Everything that happened in the past, it happened and I learned from it and hopefully it makes me better this time around".

Green added, "That's how focused he is on being great".

"Game sevens are where, if you look historically, you start hitting those 20 million-plus numbers", Dees said.

Durant has reportedly not made a final decision on how he will structure his next contract, but patience from him could go a long way toward allowing the Warriors to keep their current roster intact. He wants to be great.

"Kevin tries to reach greatness with every single thing he does".

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