Richard Jefferson explains why Warriors blew 3-1 lead in 2016

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Reuters picOAKLAND, May 31 ― Cleveland superstar LeBron James, as versatile and risky as any NBA player, is a focus of the Golden State Warriors as they prepare for tomorrow's start of the NBA Finals. This year, that bully hit the gym and gained 240 pounds of muscle in the form of Kevin Durant and he is mad.

The property manager told officers that it is believed the incident was captured on surveillance video, Sandoval said. Bowman recalled with a grin.

While running with the Warriors can be unsafe, it's the best offensive approach to keep from having to work against Golden State's feisty half court defense, which is predicated on seamless switching.

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

"He's going to score". It's really that simple.

LeBron James wanted to be with his family, to hug his wife and three kids back in Ohio.

Golden State then led Cleveland 3-1 in the NBA Finals, but lost Draymond Green for Game 5 due to suspension.

Defense has been the question for the Cavaliers all season.

With Durant missing two postseason games, Curry has been Golden State's most valuable player. "So as long as I perform at this stage now and play my hardest, that's all I can ask for".

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The Warriors don't have the best player. And while under contract for the Golden State Warriors, he's still getting money from the Cavaliers as part of his 2013 deal. "But you can never bet against LeBron". For example, the 2015-16 Warriors had a season point differential of plus-10.8 and a net rating of 11.8.

"We're seeing the same type of increase in the Finals, because we won previous year".

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

There is a lot going on as the Warriors take on the Cavaliers for the next few weeks.

Except those Warriors aren't these Warriors.

For Game 1 on Thursday, the Warriors are listed as seven-point favorites over the Cavaliers with a 225.5 point total.

Durant is the difference. Draymond Green, 27, talked some trash to LeBron during Game 4 of the 2016 Finals, and after hearing that King James didn't like it, Klay Thompson, 27, said it was "a man's league" and LeBron should suck it up. Now with Durant in that mix in what essentially was Barnes' spot, the Warriors have found different dimensions both offensively and defensively. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.9 rebounds per game. There's no way Durant will get held to those sort of numbers.

Brown is the assistant coach, and he may have to take over for Head Coach Steve Kerr, who is battling ongoing medical problems. The Cavs were able to do it a year ago. We'll find out shortly before Game 1 tips off if that's good enough. They are 12-0 in the playoffs. They're rested. They're healthy. Not against Golden State, anyway.

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