With Korver on the floor, Cleveland's Offensive Rating has climbed to 121.5 during the playoffs, the fourth-highest on the team behind Channing Frye, Kevin Love and James, per NBA.com. So finally Kevin Durant chose to leave the Oklahoma City basketball team and joined the Golden State Warriors where he says he is happy now and at peace.
If the Cleveland Cavaliers want to win back-to-back championships and beat the Golden State Warriors in two-consecutive Finals, the wine and gold will likely have to play close to ideal basketball for (at least) four games to do so. Will LeBron James surpass Michael Jordan in legacy, not just in points? "And hopefully we keep it going, but we fully respect and are aware that this team that we're playing, they're the champions and we're not", Kerr said. He's going to get other players involved in the scoring by passing the ball off.
Anything less than a maiden National Basketball Association championship this year for Durant, a former MVP himself, would be a massive disappointment but the eight-times All-Star is not allowing himself to get caught up in the big picture. "He can't have an easy game". But just got to stay locked in, try to minimize him as much as possible.
Spoelstra, Riley's hand-picked choice to lead the franchise years before the assembly of this Big 3, had to adjust to an alpha in LeBron who did not conform as readily to the Heat culture as Wade had earlier in his career. Will Steph Curry get revenge? Because if you're a real fan at a playoff game, you want to see a hard-fought battle, back and forth, and at the end somebody wins by a point and you go home worn out...
"Conventional wisdom basically suggests that having dynamic rivalries of great teams is really good for a sport, even if it does leave more cities on the outside looking in", Robert Boland, director of the sports administration programme at Ohio University, told Reuters.
Now that all the shitty people are gone, let's confront the sobering truth: the Golden State Warriors are even better than they were last season.More news: Kevin Love finds it 'funny' that Cavs are underdogs against Warriors
In a season filled with doubts, animosity, and coaching changes, LeBron James and the Cavaliers ended Cleveland's 52-year curse with a championship. Green dial ed it down a bit Wednesday, saying the Warriors want to beat whoever is in front of them, not just the Cavs. "I think we will use it as fuel".
Lue said the Cavs' 12-1 playoff record underscores how focused they are on defending their title.
They may say all the things to justify the underdog label on Cavs. "I think they would say the same thing about us".
Cleveland is 12-1 in these playoffs, winning by an average of 13.6 points.
Incredibly, the last two NBA Finals have seen the two teams face off against each other.