Cavs-Warriors 2017 NBA Finals predictions: Can LeBron, Cleveland get any love?

Hazel Gray
May 29, 2017

Howe set a record with 12 points in the round and Lindsay scored four goals in a Game 2 win. His assist total Thursday also matched his series high, and he managed to drain at least 60 percent of his shots for the fourth straight contest.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook installed Golden State as a minus-260 favorite, with Cleveland at plus-220, meaning a $100 bet on the Warriors would win $38.46 and the same bet on the Cavaliers would win $220, according to ESPN.

"When you're growing up and you're seeing Michael Jordan, it's nearly like a god, so I didn't ever believe I could be Mike", James said. We will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it?

To be sure, "Air Jordan" still reigns over "King James". Now, he advances to a seventh straight NBA Finals to take on Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors. I don't really have anything to say. The series between the two powerhouse squads is knotted at 1-1.

LeBron James has passed Michael Jordan to become the all-time leading playoff scorer, leaping past him in Game 5 against the Boston Celtics on Thursday. Even though Boston's lone playoff win against the Cleveland Cavaliers happened to come with Thomas sidelined with a hip injury, to think they would have made it to the number one seed in the East and the Eastern Conference Finals without him is somewhat ludicrous.

"As insane as it sounds", said Boston coach Brad Stevens, "going into halftime we had cut it to at least a manageable number".

"I told our guys, we made a lot of great strides, but this pain is part of the path to what we ultimately want to be", said Boston head coach Brad Stevens.

"How can I get the youth to feel like passing the ball is OK, making the extra pass is OK", James wondered.

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"The best team in our league the last three years", James said of the Warriors.

"I'm glad he finally admitted that he owes me money because for many years he wouldn't admit that he owed me money".

"Anytime I'm linked to any of the greats, even the greatest, in Mike, it's an honor", James said at Cavaliers shootaround on Thursday. "Right now we are going to enjoy this and we will think about the Warriors tomorrow".

Speaking for the first time since the end of his season, Thomas said he might need surgery but it's "not the No. 1 option right now".

On July 4, with a 351-word post on The Players' Tribune, Durant announced he was joining the Warriors.

The 5-foot-8 point guard said he wants to play until he's 40, and he'd like to do it in Boston.

On Saturday, we got another look into how the Warriors view Cleveland, this time through the eyes of Steph Curry. I started to focus myself on other players and other people around my neighborhood because I never thought that you could get to a point where Mike was. "But it doesn't mean anything going into the next series, and we have to understand that".

At minimum these Finals could - and perhaps should - be the most handsome brand of offensive basketball we've yet to witness in the space-and-pace era. Now he's four wins away from winning his first National Basketball Association championship.

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