Cavs-Warriors meet in a trilogy

Hazel Gray
June 6, 2017

Reuters picOAKLAND, May 31 ― Cleveland superstar LeBron James, as versatile and unsafe as any NBA player, is a focus of the Golden State Warriors as they prepare for tomorrow's start of the NBA Finals. I thought LeBron James could turn lead into gold.

Curry's shooting brilliance along with his "splash bro" Klay Thompson and the emergence of Draymond Green, the Warriors took the National Basketball Association landscape by storm finishing the regular season as the best team in the West with a 57-13 record.

Durant could have an incredible series, averaging 30 points per game, and beating LeBron head-to-head - it won't matter to the fickle fans, who think he took the easy way out to join a 73-win team.

Cleveland's Tyronn Lue is trying to become only the second coach to win titles in his first two National Basketball Association seasons as a head coach, following John Kundla of the Minneapolis Lakers in 1949 and 1950.

The compelling story of this newborn rivalry started when the Warrior's star point guard, Stephen Curry, splashed on to the scene hitting a record high of 238 three pointers in the wake of LeBron James' return to the Cavaliers.

Cleveland were the first team to draft a Canadian player with the first overall draft pick when they selected Anthony Bennett in 2013.

For the Cavaliers, back-to-back titles would be something a championship-starved city could have never expected. Now we're here, a day away from Game 1 of the Finals, and everybody's prediction came true. But you've got to enjoy everything, man. Previously, James spent the first seven years of his career as a Cavalier.

There will be no love lost between these teams, especially after Green, whose Game Five suspension in the 2016 Finals was considered by many to be the turning point, said last November he wanted to "destroy" and "annihilate" the Cavs in a championship rematch. Many are taking the Cavs, but will it be in 5, 6 or even 7 games?

"A lot of schemes you had in place before we could try to double team and get the ball out of Steph (Curry's) hands and now having that dynamic scorer, dynamic shooter in Durant it makes it tough because now you're flying around and you have Klay (Thompson) and Durant on the back side", Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said.

The 2016-17 NBA Finals kick off on Thursday night, when the Warriors host the Cavaliers in Oakland. The only other players with at least seven NBA Finals appearances in a row played for the Boston Celtics in the 1950s and 1960s, with Bill Russell making the record 10 in a row.

James is a four-time MVP.

Game 1 is Thursday at Oracle Arena, where the Cavaliers won their first championship previous year by becoming the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the finals. I've got to play it by ear - if I'm feeling good I should coach and if I'm not feeling up to it, then I shouldn't.

"People just automatically think that, 'Man, this guy ain't from the hood".

Past year was fun too, when the Warriors won 73 games.

Watch the rest of the interview on Good Morning America at 7 a.m. ET on Friday.

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