After the team returned from Boston in the wee hours Friday morning, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue didn't go to bed and immediately began working on a game plan to stifle Golden State's powerful, multi-faceted offense. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 42.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line.
It can be boiled down to six words - Kevin Durant is now a Warrior.
National Basketball Association 2K17 has the Golden State Warriors defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in a series that goes the full seven games.
Win or lose in the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant will, too. Since he's been gone the Warriors have faced few challenges, and are heading into the Finals undefeated. And since 2000, the NBA Finals has pumped out a 36-48-5 O/U count (57 percent Unders).
"Just because it was so close and we didn't get the job done", Curry told me.
Oh, and there's Golden State's Stephen Curry.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors meet Sunday in game two of the 2017 NBA Finals at the Oracle Arena on ABC.
Then the Cavs got their revenge previous year when they rallied back to claim their city's first major team championship since 1964 with a Game 7 win in Oakland. After posting the best single-season record in NBA history and being one game away from a championship, Golden State added arguably the second-best player in basketball. Barnes was a key reserve on the "We Believe" team in 2007 that made it to the second round of the playoffs and said his heart never left the East Bay.
Kevin Love doesn't see his team as the underdogs in this series, per APNews.com.
The Warriors are 12-0 in these playoffs and 10-0 since Brown took the reins. Cleveland has trailed in three games by double digits but came back to win each one.
That is not a luxury the Cavs, who are powered by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, can afford if they hope to upset the Warriors.
"I'm in section 124, it's right behind the visitors bench". I'm about a great Finals, and I think it's going to be one of the best ever. "That gives us a chance in any game". In the five-game Boston series, Love shot 53.5 percent from three-point range and averaged almost 13 rebounds a game.
"We want to take it to the next series and try to be great and see what happens, but 12-0 really doesn't matter going into the next series", Durant said. Golden State would've beaten Cleveland in the Finals two years in a row, by 6 games and then by 5.
There will be no love lost between these teams, especially after Green, whose Game Five suspension in the 2016 Finals was considered by many to be the turning point, said last November he wanted to "destroy" and "annihilate" the Cavs in a championship rematch. He's going to make big shots. LeBron is the best player.
"We put our tickets up for $2600 a piece, I have two seats".
NO WORRY FROM CURRY: After a knee injury in the playoffs and a quick turnaround following the conference finals, Curry wasn't in top shape last June.