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30 May, 2018, 11:28 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James celebrates as his team pulls away from the Boston Celtics near the end of the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Sunday

For the fourth straight season, the Cleveland Cavaliers are set to take on the Golden State Warriors for the National Basketball Association championship. Love sat out Cleveland's Game 7 win at Boston on Sunday after suffering a head injury when he and Celtics rookie forward Jayson Tatum accidentally banged heads during the opening minutes of Game 6.

According to ESPN, the Warriors opened as 12-point favorites for Thursday night's Game 1, which is tied for the largest point spread in an NBA Finals game since 2001, when the Los Angeles Lakers were a 12-point favorite over Allen Iverson's Philadelphia Sixers in Game 1.

With the retirement of Oklahoma City Thunder Center Nick Collison announced earlier this month, only two active players who played for the Sonics organization remain in the NBA: Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Jeff Green of the Cleveland Cavaliers. If the former NBA Finals MVP hadn't gotten hurt, Kerr thinks there wouldn't have been much drama out West, via The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears: "We would have won the series in five if Iggy played". Durrant in particular impressed, scoring 34 points and contributing 5 rebounds and 5 assists for his team. Golden State will now play James' Cavaliers once again for a title. "They have (James), the best player in the world".




"I'm just trying to play in a way that will help us win a championship".

"I feel like he is who he is at this point". While the Warriors suffered from the loss of Andre Iguodala - the 2015 Finals Most Valuable Player, injured in Game 3 of the series - his absence did not hurt them almost as much as Paul's did Houston. The Warriors may be the best team in the league, but the world's best player in James will have something to say about the outcome of the finals. Young teams like the Philadelphia 76ers, led by Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, began to emerge. It took seven games in the first round against in and they needed a superhuman effort from LeBron James against Boston in the conference finals, winning four of the final five games of the series to punch a ticket to the Finals.

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