Finals pick up where they left off with Cavs-Warriors III

Durant averaged 25.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.2 blocks and 0.7 steals over 33.4 minutes of play. The Cavs winning, of course, and me actually being right for a change.

No player in this series holds more pressure on his shoulders than Kevin Durant. The Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, June 1.

The pick is not so exotic this time. If he can control the paint and create second chances for the Cavs offense while limiting Golden State on its possessions, the Cavaliers will have a chance to hang close in most games.

Is it Kevin Durant, chasing down the ghost of Karl Malone, Charles Barkley or any other star to never win a ring?

And judging by Cleveland's run through the playoffs, they totally mailed in the regular season and are only underdogs due to their often inconsistent performances throughout this year.

While the Cavs and Warriors have played in the Finals the past two years, Durant and James met before that in different uniforms. That's just too much firepower to overcome, though LeBron will bust a gut trying. It is the only listing for the game with tickets for less than $500.Tickets in the lower bowl of Oracle Arena for more than one seat together are starting at $848.

This year, we're hoping, there will be no excuses.

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has had to deal with a far more disturbing confrontation than anything the Golden State Warriors will serve up in game one of their National Basketball Association playoffs on Friday morning (AEST). The Warriors have struggled to cover at home in the playoffs while the Cavs have been better on the road.

The Golden State Warriors are hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Durant is the answer to that problem in these Finals.

Anything less than a maiden National Basketball Association championship this year for Durant, a former MVP himself, would be a massive disappointment but the eight-times All-Star is not allowing himself to get caught up in the big picture.

And both Jackson and Van Gundy are in agreement that the Cavaliers' big three of James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving will have to overcome the odds again to beat the dominant Warriors and win the championship this year.

For Warriors forward David West, it was the 1989 NBA Finals, the Lakers falling to the Bad Boy Pistons when Magic Johnson came up limp with a hamstring injury. Not all that likely in either case.

He is far healthier than 12 months ago and he is posting the most efficient shooting and overall offensive and defensive totals of his playoff career.

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