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

Curry is fully healthy this postseason and ready to reclaim that championship that got away last June as the Finals begin with Thursday's Game 1.

Steve Kerr looks better than he has since he took a leave of absence during the Golden State Warriors' first-round playoff series, and there's a chance he will coach at some point against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

- The Warriors enter the Finals with a flawless 12-0 record this postseason, the first team ever to accomplish that feat since the National Basketball Association switched to their current playoff format in 2003.

Cavaliers star LeBron James, who sparked the fightback last year to bring his beloved Cleveland its first major sports crown in 52 years, knows the Warriors have extra motivation. And since 2000, the NBA Finals has pumped out a 36-48-5 O/U count (57 percent Unders).

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.

Klay Thompson makes up half of Golden State's Splash Brothers, but where teammate Steph Curry has been finding the mark a lot these playoffs his brother Klay has been much more miss than hit.

While much of the focus leading up to Cavs vs. Warriors III has been on how the addition of Kevin Durant to Golden State's star core led by Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will make life even more hard for LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers, there are several other newcomers to the rivalry who could play a key role in determining which team wins a second title in this trilogy.

After the Warriors' loss last year against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors are set to win this year's final.

For whatever reason, I don't know why, but a month ago, man, it got worse. We've seen nothing close to that memorable individual performance in Game 6 of last year's Western Conference final when he looked unstoppable in a 41-point performance.

The grumbling has accompanied the Cleveland Cavaliers' and Golden State Warriors' respective romps through the postseason. "If there's not, you're in the wrong series".

After playoffs that have been largely defined by mundanity, the very least the Warriors and Cavs could do for us is give us seven decent games. I've been a big fan of Kevin Durant; he's been one of my favorite players in the National Basketball Association. James has been even better, putting up 32.5 points on almost 57 percent shooting, and adding 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game. Cleveland nearly certainly needs the Kevin Love of the last round to have a chance at the upset. For the Cavaliers, it's Lebron James and for the Warriors, it's Draymond Green.

And remember.as I always say, the Cavs have LeBron.

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.

While the National Basketball Association is hoping the Finals make up for the lackluster postseason preceding it, they shouldn't hold their breath. Six best guys of all time but this warriors team this year's team is one of the best.

"What happened in the past in my mind doesn't really count now unless we go out and finish the deal", Thompson said.



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