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Boston Celtics NBA Draft 2017: Jaylen Brown interested to see how Markelle Fultz defends

"I think throughout the course of the playoffs, I think each team wasn't going to be outdone, until we lost that game to Boston", Lue said, referring to the Cavs' loss in Game 3 of the conference finals.

A 3-point basket with 53 seconds remaining in Game 7 of the NBA Finals last year ended a 52-year championship drought in Cleveland.

The long-limbed small forward is still capable of creating his own shot at any time, but he's added more off-the-ball movement since joining the Warriors, just as James did in Miami when he had Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as teammates. "I think that's what fueled a lot of us to stay consistent this year, is to get back to playing in June".

Curry concurred, saying, "12-and-0 is great, but it doesn't mean anything going into the next series, and we have to understand that". You have to take it as that. But I'm going to play a person. The Cavaliers keep Thompson on the floor during crunch time because of his offensive rebounding skills and he rewards them by averaging 9.3 boards, including 4.2 on the offensive end to keep plays alive.

And according to, total games missed due to injury or illness declined for the third straight season to 4,198, the lowest number since the league did away with injured reserve for the 2005-06 season.

Let's not pretend that there was any other reason besides LeBron's out-of-the-blue underperformance that Boston was able to steal Game 3 in Cleveland in the biggest shock of that series.

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"There was just a complete feeling of invincibility in our locker room", said Mark Madsen, a rookie forward on the 2001 Lakers and now a Lakers assistant coach. "Wednesday, we'll get some shooting in and go over a couple things if we can". "We want to give our home crowd a better outing than we put out the past two games". We've got to come out and play.

The Warriors won the 2015 championship by clinching in Game 6 in Cleveland. Both teams were evenly matched in last year's Finals, with three All-Star calibre players on each team.

Irving said he was driven by the thought of the Cavs seeing their series lead vanish. His players credit Lue's soothing, steady influence - on and off the floor - as almost as vital to their success as a clutch Kyrie Irving 3-pointer.

That has left Mike Brown, twice fired by the Cavs and James' coach in Cleveland from 2005-10, as Golden State's bench boss. The Warriors took Cleveland to 7 last season with Harrison Barnes at the small forward position, and Durant is a significant upgrade at that position in nearly every category. The Cavaliers are different, too, after trading for Kyle Korver and signing Deron Williams and Derrick Williams during the season. "So first of all my concern is for my fans that we play as many players as we can, that we play to win". That's why I relate to him so much. They're the better team this year. "I address the team quite a bit", Kerr said.

At the very moment where the clock ran out in that series, the person James was embracing was Durant - telling the then-Thunder star, his offseason workout partner at the time, how proud of him he was.

Brown is set to go up against LeBron James and a Cleveland team he coached in two separate stints.

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