Draymond Green not bored by another Cavs-Dubs Finals matchup

Cleveland Cavaliers from left Kevin Love Le Bron James Kyle Korver and Iman Shumpert celebrate a basket during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics on Thursd

Cleveland Cavaliers from left Kevin Love Le Bron James Kyle Korver and Iman Shumpert celebrate a basket during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics on Thursd

"And if you add Pop (Gregg Popovich) in there, that's five Hall of Famers". They're going to challenge us a lot, offensively, defensively, mentally, physically.

"Game 1 will be a telltale sign of how the series will go, and we're excited for that", Irving said.

"This is a high-powered team". Golden State-Cleveland is the best rivalry we've seen since Los Angeles and Boston.

Kevin Love: Unavailable due to a shoulder injury in 2015 and a non-factor in 2016, Kevin Love comes into the 2017 Finals tilt as a major wildcard/x-factor who could determine the outcome.

As far as I was concerned, Golden State was the franchise that traded Penny Hardaway to my favorite team and also had a player choke its head coach, and that was the extent of that.

Despite going through the East playoffs at 12-1 and appearing destined for a rematch against the Golden State Warriors for months, the Cavs pushed off thoughts of what awaits them in Oakland next week.

This is the greatness of this match-up: LeBron at his best is better than anything the league has seen since Michael Jordan, the Warriors at their best are the greatest team since Jordan's Bulls, and whoever wins this series probably will be the player or the team everybody else is compared to forever after. The loss may have helped the Cavs re-focus and come to the realization that even the best can waver when they don't take care of business.

Brown has been coaching the Warriors since Game 3 of the first-round playoff series at Portland, with Kerr assisting at practice and from the locker room before and during games. Adding a player of Kevin Durant's caliber makes an already unsafe team terrifying.

The Boston Celtics have won the most league titles, at 17.

"When you're prepared and you do the best you can do and you put it out there on the floor, you've just got to live with the results", Lue said. "You adapt to the style and that's the same thing that happened to me when I went to Miami. I always like to stay even-keeled and just play the game the right way".

"He's a guy who said he wanted us", Love said, "and he has us-starting next Thursday". "So it makes it even more risky when you equip that talent, that skill with those guys".

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. "Nah, it was actually pretty bad." - but as another Finals kicks off, it also helps to illustrate the fleeting nature of success and failure in today's National Basketball Association.

James isn't anxious about point spreads or any odds.

"It's been part of the plan since I really started taking this game serious, to say how can I get the youth to feel like passing the ball is OK, making the extra pass is OK, drawing two defenders and no matter if you win or lose, if you make the right play, it's OK", James told reporters late Thursday night.

LeBron has won three MVP Awards and will be baying for a fourth title.

Maybe James has nothing to fear. "I appreciate it. I'm happy we've been able to steam roll people and I love the fact that they've been able to steam roll people because I just love great things".

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