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NBA Finals Will Make Or Break Stephen Curry's Legacy

NBA Finals Will Make Or Break Stephen Curry's Legacyā€¯

LeBron James is back in the NBA Finals for the seventh straight year.

Curry and Durant have won the past three regular season MVP awards, and Thompson is one of the best two-way players in the National Basketball Association.

The Cleveland Cavaliers pose with the Eastern Conference Championship Trophy after defeating the Boston Celtics 135-102 in Game Five of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 25, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Kerr has also missed 10 of Golden State's 12 games this postseason. and the team has gone 12-0.

James rejoined the Cavaliers in 2014 determined to bring a championship to his home state and brought the team back to relevance after four consecutive losing seasons. When you add rings to an all-time great career, the conversations about James surpassing Jordan as the best of all time will truly begin in earnest. That's at least five more after this season with a core of Stephen Curry, 29; Kevin Durant, 29 before next season; Klay Thompson, 27, and Draymond Green, 27. And though it's certainly clear to me why the Warriors are the favorites here, it's definitely closer than Vegas - and their reflection of the average bettor's thinking - would have you believe. There's Warriors coach Steve Kerr and the after-effects of back surgery that have led to absence.

Let the Warriors shoot 50 per cent, they're nearly certainly going to win. LeBron is averaging 32.5 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2.15 steals and 1.38 blocks per game in this year's playoffs.

Durant took heat for leaving behind a solid Oklahoma City squad that pushed the Warriors to the brink of elimination in last year's Western Conference final, but the move has paid off so far. "There seems to be a theme when I'm out, I think the team is like 108-2". James is now averaging 32.5 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, 2.2 steals and 1.4 blocks per game on 56.6 percent shooting from the field and 42.1 percent from deep this postseason. "I started to slash more and move more without the ball, shoot more standstill 3s and figure out ways I could be more productive than just having the ball in isolation". Ever since Kevin Durant signed with the best team in the West, it became all but certain that the title would come down to the same two teams for a third straight year.

Incredibly, the last two NBA Finals have seen the two teams face off against each other.

"LeBron is going to get his points and so is Kyrie". By the time Game 1 starts, the Warriors will have played just 19 games in the last 63 days. Golden State general manager Bob Myers has said he is open to Kerr returning when healthy, regardless of how deep the Warriors are in the Finals. "They're familiar with this team". Yikes. If they need any motivation to win, all they have to do is remember Game 5 of the 2016 Finals.

"So I think how the fans, since they drive this whole business and they generate the vast sums of money that our players earn, that we should be more judicious in how we treat them. I don't know who they are", he said.

James had won two titles as part of another "super team" in Miami but last year's crown meant even more to his legacy.

Now when it matters most, in the Finals, the Cavs must decide whether they want James to guard him and match him, or allow Durant to be the Warriors' best player and force one of their other stars to beat them.



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