Monster mash: LeBron James undaunted by beastly Warriors

"But we're going to enjoy this for a couple more days before we have to lock in on that juggernaut out west".

For the first time in more than a month, Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr sat down and took questions from reporters.

At practice Saturday, Love said he finds it amusing everyone is labeling the Cavaliers underdogs against the Warriors. So we'll mix up coverages, mix up guys who'll guard him, and try to force the action with him and make his uncomfortable as possible. I think my messaging is important and we've found the right balance between, OK, I'll help out here but I'm not going to be on the sidelines during the game and Mike and the rest of the staff have done a great job. We will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it? "I would say I've gotten a little bit better, that's why I'm here talking to you right now, but you can probably tell I'm not sitting here happy-go-lucky".

Boston, which lost to the Cavs in the Eastern Conference finals last week, is at least one high-impact performer (I believe two personally) from posing a stronger threat to the Cavs' dominance than we saw in a conference finals that Cleveland ended in five games. Other than that, I think when you look at the whole squad, they have a good kind of chemistry and vibe.

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.

The 2016 champion Cavaliers and the 2015 champion Warriors will battled for the crown for a third straight year in the best-of-seven starting at Golden State on Thursday.

Love complimented Green's competitiveness and aimed a verbal volley at Northern California.

The Warriors enter this year's edition of the NBA Finals with a flawless 12-0 record, while the Cavs' only loss came on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics.

For the record the two teams split their regular season meetings, with Cleveland winning 109-108 on Christmas Day and the Warriors winning at home, 126-91.

He stayed cool last spring when Cleveland fought back from a 3-1 deficit to win its first title.

Cleveland stormed through the east, dropping only one game in the conference finals nearly by accident.

Durant, who previously faced James in the 2012 Finals with Golden State, has taken a great team and elevated it to a almost unstoppable level.

Love was asked if the Cavs wanted the Warriors.

Did the Cavs want the Warriors?

AJ Neuharth-Keusch: If a year ago taught us anything, it's that betting against LeBron James is never a good idea, regardless of who's standing in the way. Those guys are going to challenge me, they're going to challenge our ballclub. But as the Cavaliers move towards the Finals, opponents will attempt to pick at every weakness and isolate any advantage they can garner.

But even if Thompson remains cold from the perimeter, the Cavaliers aren't going to ignore the league's best shooter not named Curry - which will, in turn, open up more space for Curry and Durant to operate. We don't know yet.

Lue knows the Cavs are facing a hard task, one made tougher with the addition of the versatile Durant, who can score down low, from the perimeter and free-throw line.

The Cavaliers defend their title against the great Warriors plus Durant? When he passes the ball he's also relocating now.... "It makes it tough". "[With that said, ] I came out in preseason this year and threw a behind-the-back pass because I have confidence that I can do it and it won't change that".

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