My NBA Finals prediction? Better get a broom


As long as Golden State limits turnovers, they should be able to stay productive offensively. The postgame podium segments are legendary and the on-court performances have been spectacular, especially for LeBron James who now owns the title for most points in playoff history.

Maybe, but as the teams gear up for Thursday night's series opener in Oakland, comments made by Warriors forward Draymond Green in October are reverberating around Cleveland. LeBron James, who stands as the final obstacle en route to reclaiming an NBA Championship for the Warriors, just happens to be Kevin Durant's kryptonite.

Metro's sports editors predict the 2017 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland Cavaliers?in the Finals, ?sources have told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. Korver ranks second among all active players with 104 playoff games without a Finals appearance, trailing only Joe Johnson's 112 games.

The NBA Finals are here, and so are the hot takes.

Don't worry when the Warriors go on one of their 10-0 runs.

Golden State has a set of remarkable All-Stars to rely on.

Kerr is not expecting to coach the Warriors for Game 1 of the NBA Finals either even though his team has had more than a week off.

Durant could have an incredible series, averaging 30 points per game, and beating LeBron head-to-head - it won't matter to the fickle fans, who think he took the easy way out to join a 73-win team. Nevertheless, the Warriors stormed through the Western Conference playoffs on a 12-0 tear - winning in the playoffs by an average of 16.3 points, on track as the best mark ever.

For the record, I picked Cleveland at the start of the season primarily for two reasons.

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Durant replaces Harrison Barnes, whose offensive struggles played a big role in the Warriors' failure to repeat as champions in 2016. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game.

Stephen Curry is back to his MVP form from a year ago and Klay Thompson, while not as accurate with his three-point shooting, continues to offer solid two-way play.

But wait a minute, Cleveland isn't supposed to have a chance, right?

As risky a scorer as he is from outside or driving to the hoop, James also threatens by being able to find teammates such as Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love with passes when defenders focus too much on him. The Cavaliers are 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games as an underdog of 7.0 or fewer points.

While the Cavs and Warriors have played in the Finals the past two years, Durant and James met before that in different uniforms. Iguodala has shot the ball poorly in the postseason but the 2015 NBA Finals MVP will be on the floor plenty anyway because of his other contributions. But can this collective core match the additional firepower Durant brings with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green?

Let the Warriors shoot 50 percent, they're nearly certainly going to win.

At the moment, Silver thinks the league is fine, but if it gets out of hand, then he may step in and make some adjustments. "It's been working up to this point, so I can't change what I'm doing". The last hurrah, the final countdown, the end of the road.

The reigning NBA Coach of the Year is still not feeling well after a May 5 procedure at Duke University to fix a spinal fluid leak stemming from back surgery complications almost two years ago.

"I've had a week off", Thompson said. "So other than that, feeling fresh".