Capsule preview of the Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals matchup

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers will go head to head against Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers will go head to head against Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals

And here they are. You recently came home from a tiresome day at work, or perhaps an uneventful school day. The third quarter I just went out there and played and not anxious about anything.

In any case, this is the series we have all waited for.

I had a moderately stressful week last week, and if you'd pressed me for a Finals prediction on, say, Thursday, I probably would have grumbled something like, "Warriors in five, goddammit".

For pure star power, these NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cavaliers are like a front row at the Academy Awards. But even with Thomas, the Celtics had no chance.

If you think a 12-1 record in the postseason is impressive, how about a 12-0 mark?

"I only play blackjack in Vegas anyway, so it doesn't matter", James said to reporters about being the underdog again. It's as if they had reservations.

Some of you might prefer variety.

"I will own a team someday". They won three straight from 1991 to 1993 and three more from 1996 to 1998. Not one of Chicago's six championship series went seven games.

LeBron James and Kevin Durant take part in a US basketball team practice session in August 2015
LeBron James and Kevin Durant take part in a US basketball team practice session in August 2015

Golden State looks like a team on a mission to reclaim what the Cavaliers took from them a year ago. The times when I do think, early in the game I was battling on the defensive end because he was thinking too much. If you beat one of those teams, you did something. We haven't seen these two greats face off in the Finals since 2012. Overall, veteran National Basketball Association teams had been on a roll, with the Celtics winning it all in 2008, the Lakers in 2009-10, the Mavericks in 2012 out of nowhere, the Heat twice under LeBron, and the Spurs with Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich. Man, were those finals entertaining.

Kerr, 51, traveled with the Warriors for the final two games of the Western Conference Finals in San Antonio.

Kyrie Irving has also reached a higher plane these playoffs, even after last season's remarkable performance late in the series to help the Cavs rally from a 3-1 deficit. Frye and Korver had their minutes slashed in the last round but the Cavaliers figure to need their 3-point shooting now against the tougher Golden State defense. With his ability to attack the rim, James continues to run the offence, drawing in the opponent's defenders and using his strong play-making vision to free up team-mates. Just can't get discouraged with guys like that - him or Kyrie (Irving).

Fast forward to the upcoming finals, the top-seeded Golden State is playing like a well-oiled machine.

That was compounded by Ayesha Curry and Klay Thompson calling out James for his complaints.

The other key natural progression has been Durant's chemistry this season with fellow star Stephen Curry. "He did a great job of that", Durant said. Plus, Draymond Green, 27, has been on fire and has been on his best behavior. Because the Warriors rely on a small-ball lineup, Green is essential.

Just how good are the two teams? The cheap shots he offers are his own.

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