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Golden State has the home-court advantage, but they had it in 2016, as well.

The day after Cleveland won the 2016 National Basketball Association title, the Warriors were favored to win in 2017.

"When Golden State was 73-9 (last year), they had a great year, but they didn't win the National Basketball Association championship", said Harper, who won five titles as a player, including three with Michael Jordan's Bulls.

James will push Golden State to the limit.

LA police were investigating Wednesday as James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers prepared for Thursday night's Game 1 at Golden State.

January 16, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates in front of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena.

The most recent team prior to the Warriors to enter the NBA Finals unbeaten were the 2001 Los Angeles Lakers, having gone 11-0. He has four career finals MVP awards and the only other player in this series with one on his resume is Andre Igoudala - and his really should have been given to James. "I'm excited this worked out that I could be here".

Cavaliers in 2016 became the first team to rally from a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit and win the title, which was the first in franchise history.

Golden State and Cleveland meet in the NBA Finals for the third year in a row, with the Warriors taking the title in 2015 before being dethroned in 2016 by the Cavaliers, who rallied from 3-1 down to win the best-of-seven series in the greatest comeback in Finals history.

"It's pretty intense", Warriors center Zaza Pachulia said. "They are the champs", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

"I'm not in the "prove people wrong, silence critics" department no more", James said.

Swingman Matt Barnes adds more energy off the bench and rookie guard Patrick McCaw has provided another boost. Because if you're a real fan at a playoff game, you want to see a hard-fought battle, back and forth, and at the end somebody wins by a point and you go home worn out... But it was all worth it because of the quest for a championship. I got to do my part and we all got to make it come together as a group.

After quitting from the Oklahoma City basketball team Kevin Durant has finally spoken out saying that he is happy and enjoying himself now where he is in his new team. Cleveland (38.4 percent) and Golden State (38.3 percent) finished the regular season with the sixth- and seventh-best 3-point percentages for a team in a single season (min. 2,000 3-pointers attempted).

But it's also a prominent face-off between Nike's biggest active star, LeBron James, and Under Armour's biggest star, Steph Curry. "If I don't play up to my standards, then that's what - that's when I get upset". Cleveland's offense is much improved compared to last year's edition. He was his traditional sharpshooting self during the regular season, but the playoffs have not been as kind to him.

"They know they left a ring on the table", Barnes said of his teammates.

For their part, the Cavs have also made an impressive run to the Finals with their only playoff blemish a Game Three loss to Boston in the East final. West (95 games), Barnes (90) and Deron Williams (85) aren't far behind.

Williams said he didn't have time to get emotional in the locker room afterwards because cold water was flying. "I'm still feeling the effects".

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