Underdog Cavs insist they have plenty of bite for Finals

With this poor play, James attributed his team's ability to stay in the game to his teammates.

James, 32, surpassed Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan as the all-time leading scorer in the play-offs. And THEN they will lock up Kevin Durant and Steph Curry to long-term deals together.

In football, the Lions and Browns played off for the NFL championship in three straight years between 1952-54 - but that was when 12 teams contested a title that wasn't yet called the Super Bowl. Outside of a six-point win in the first round against Portland and an early scare in the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs, Golden State has otherwise posted a double-digit victory in every one of its matches this postseason.

The Cavaliers' regular season was a little bumpier.

There were definite signs of progress on display throughout the 2016-17 Boston Celtics season. That Over/Under number is the largest total in the Covers database (1990-91-2017) and easily eclipses the previous high of 214 points, which was set for Game 3 of the 1995 NBA Finals between the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets.

James is the queen on a basketball chess board: the piece that controls the action like no other.

Except against these Warriors. Thompson, Green and Durant are just the highlights of a quick, athletic and fast defense. Instead of falling into the idiotic James vs. Jordan debate, we should just sit back and appreciate James' greatness and hope with everything we have for a great Finals between the Cavaliers and Warriors. The teams have a week off after mowing through their respective conferences. We had to earn it.' And both teams had to do the same thing.

"Just how tough and determined the guy is, to be able to go through the situation he was going through on a day-to-day basis, still being focused and maintaining his focus for the team, you know, family is everything". It didn't look that way when they won three of the first four games, but you could see the collective toll it took during their collapse (and, of course, when Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5).

Normally in a matchup of this quality, home-court advantage would count for a lot.

Lue and reigning champions the Cavs are one win away from facing the Warriors in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive seasons. He landed as lead assistant in Golden State, where he has repeatedly lauded coach Steve Kerr, saying after sweeping San Antonio in the Western Conference finals "It starts with Steve Kerr".

"When you're growing up and you're seeing Michael Jordan, it's nearly like a god". Now it's a legit discussion. But there's also a clear respect level between the clubs as well. Anything he says would be so dissected it would lose any meaning. He said he wanted us. All that really matters is everyone is on the same page now, not in November. King James or Air Jordan?

According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com, the point guard would prefer the team add free agents this summer instead of worrying about his own financial future.

The Cavs' Kyle Korver, picked up in trade from the Atlanta Hawks, is shooting 42 percent from 3-point range in the playoffs.

So why is the National Basketball Association so top-heavy that it can't deliver playoffs with any real drama? James himself, the reigning Finals MVP, twice said the Warriors have been the best team in the league for the past three years and referred to them as both a "beast" and a "juggernaut". It's not often the perceived favorite can walk in with such an underdog mentality.

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