WHAT HOME-COURT ADVANTAGE? The Cavaliers' nine-game postseason road winning streak, three shy of the 2001-02 Lakers' league record, started with victories previous year in Games 5 and 7 in Oakland.
No one could imagine back in July 2014 when LeBron announced his return back to Cleveland, that he would be guiding this team to their 3rd straight finals appearance (his seventh straight). Cleveland Cavaliers' Deron Williams smiles during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif.
But mindful of how the Cavaliers and Warriors went a combined 24-1 in the playoffs before colliding in The Finals, Silver says "we should also celebrate excellence".
It's unclear if JaVale McGee was trying to send a message when he arrived at Oracle Arena for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Not that anyone expected any different.
After a week of rest, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors prepare for a third clash in the NBA Finals on Thursday night. When you sub out Harrison Barnes for Durant in your starting lineup, you should be better. "I got to do my part and we all got to make it come together as a group". Silver says the league isn't taking away free agency, so ultimately there's only so much he can do as a decision-maker to keep star players in their cities. "I got a promotion when I got to the 30s. You know hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day".
Korver got added to the mix midway through the season when he was dealt from Atlanta to Cleveland and is one of a dozen players on the two rosters who weren't on these teams last June when the Cavs rallied from 3-1 down to win the title. The Warriors took a commanding 3-1 lead but things changed when Draymond Green was suspended for game 5. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love will pose the biggest threat to the Warriors as they've seen since last year's championship series.
A year ago, the Western Conference champions started to unravel when Green was suspended for Game 5 after he exceeded the league's postseason flagrant foul point limit following a physical altercation with LeBron James in Game 4. Previously, James spent the first seven years of his career as a Cavalier. Warrior's Head Coach Steve Kerr again has battled back issues and has not been court side.
"To watch him express himself the way he did today only reinforces that he's a class individual, and he has my utmost respect", Brown said.
During the regular season, the big man seemed to be fitting in more than he ever has in his three seasons in Cleveland. Those comments lit a fire under the Warriors and they wanted to prove to the world that they can beat the Cavs in the Finals at full strength.
As Jefferson mentioned, composure will be key for the Warriors after everything that transpired last season.
One of the few things that hasn't gone right for Golden State this postseason has been Klay Thompson's shooting. "Just try to challenge him and not get discouraged when they make shots".
"I feel fine", he said. Obviously shots are falling. After all these two teams were meeting in the last dance, for the second time in three seasons.
It's kind of weird that Kevin Durant is on the Warriors.
The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have combined for 33 championships and 52 NBA Finals appearances.