Finals pick up where they left off with Cavs-Warriors III

James spoke about the incident, which is being investigated as a possible hate crime, in a press conference scheduled for the opening of the Finals. With the 2017 Finals about to begin, BC's NBA Finals Preview will attempt to answer these questions. And with these star-studded teams, this may not be over even after this NBA Finals "tiebreaker".

The three-time combatants have split their two-game series this year - with the Wine & Gold winning a Christmas Day thriller, rallying from two TDs down in a classic at The Q before being trounced in Oakland, wrapping up a West Coast roadie on MLK Day. Without Green in uniform in Game 5, the Cavs stole a win in Oakland, setting the stage for that miraculous comeback.

I think we all can agree these playoffs have been anything but spellbinding - but now, after weeks of lousy basketball, we finally get to see what we've been waiting for: the two best teams in the league squaring off in a best-of-seven series that will crown the 2017 champion! How do you follow all that up? "They added Kevin Durant, who's a great player, but they don't have that defensive stopper". Golden State would've beaten Cleveland in the Finals two years in a row, by 6 games and then by 5. Cavs over Warriors in seven games. Lue has more weapons at his disposal this time around, and the Warriors will have one fewer with Kerr relegated to watching on television from the locker room due to a back ailment. The Warriors outscored the Cavs 42-16 in the paint in the first half. The Cavaliers won the second meeting in 2016 led by an incredible performance by LeBron James. The Cavaliers must combat that with the likes of Deron Williams, Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert stepping up while the starters sit. Be sure to check back frequently as we update our conversation, and you can play a part too!

"Throughout the postseason, there's so many different emotions going high, going low from players and things of that nature", James said. Starting in Game 5 previous year, the Cavs were able to overwhelm them with defense and took away the transition baskets they can usually get in droves.

Curry is having shooting issues from the outside, but, with the same determination that made him an MVP, he tries to fire his way out of it and winds up going 4-for-14 on 3-pointers in Game 7. But he still hit 324 3s for the second most in National Basketball Association history to his 402 a year ago and paced himself so he is peaking now.

Kevin Love will play at a B+ level in every game of the series but be on the wrong end of a few plays on defense that will drive NBA Twitter insane. Steph is healthier this time and Golden State's defense will be the deciding factor in a close one. Who knows, maybe the Spurs could have challenged the Warriors this season with Leonard, and if they add Chris Paul this offseason, they'd be even more unsafe.

I see this being a dogfight again.

"I can't go out there and do everything on my own, or I can't go out there and just let my teammates do all the work for me", Durant said. Golden State hadn't won in 40 years. The Cavs were terrible from the all-star break to the end of the season on defense. This is what we live for as basketball players to be playing in these type of games that matter the most.

He is averaging 32.5 points per game in these playoffs, eclipsed only by the 35.3 per-game average as a spry 24-year-old in 2009. James has called Golden State a "juggernaut" but the Warriors aren't buying all that talk.

Obviously all the stars in this series have ample career experience to draw on if Game 1 is tied with 30 seconds left.

"It makes sense, just because both teams have had long layoffs", he said.

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