Why the Warriors will win the NBA Finals

Stephen Curry is in form and healthy.

The best thing that happened to LeBron James' reputation was losing his first year in Miami and of his second stint in Cleveland.

But the Warriors were slowed by their own injuries, allowing James to engineer the biggest comeback in finals history and bring his home-town Cleveland its first National Basketball Association title. "Just have to be locked in to a few different things and when we adjust everybody has to be on the same page". Game 1 against the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers is Thursday night. They know the pain that comes with losing a Finals, particularly one where a 3-1 series lead gets wasted.

With 6:05 remaining on the clock in the fourth quarter and the Cavs leading 79-78, LeBron James had 19 points, well short of his regular-season average (27.3 points per game). The Warriors' playoff run to the Finals set records for record (12-0) and point difference per game (+16.3). But they were mixed in with other successful offensive plays from last year's Finals and even some breakdowns.

The non-stop off-ball movement and numerous threats on every play send defenses into chaotic scrambling, giving up open looks and allowing the Warriors to carve even the league's most disciplined teams. Barnes averaged 9.3 points in the Finals a season ago, on 35 percent shooting.

So far this postseason, the point guard has been nearly impossible to stop on any shots from the left side of the court, along with from most spots below the free-throw line and free-throw line extended.

In an worldwide matchup at center, Cleveland's Tristan Thompson of Canada will go against Zaza Pachulia of Golden State, who could become the first player from Georgia to win an National Basketball Association crown. The Warriors fought hard in the regular season to achieve the 73-win season and ended up going to a seven-game series against the Oklahoma City Thunder and then a seven-game Finals with the Cavs.

"When you talk about Westbrook, he can't shoot the 3 like Kyrie".

"You know, it's a little trickier, since this has been going on", the coach added.

"Any time someone beats you, you'd love to play them", Green said.

"Everybody's excited about it, but it's still kind of business as usual, we're not finished yet type of attitude, which is great", Warriors forward Draymond Green said. "That's how good he is".

Steph Curry might be a two-time MVP and one of the best point guards in the NBA, but not everyone is convinced he can be "the" guy in the NBA Finals. "He's so shifty and finds way to create space. Now I'm just focused on the task at hand, which is tomorrow".

And whether he sees himself as the most distinguished basketball voice of the LeBron James Era or not, Breen will be there calling yet another James-headlined Finals, as he stars in one of the great budding super-rivalries in NBA history. Dreading it will only make it worse. He said he wasn't feeling any real sense of nervousness or excitement after having been a part of so many big games, but instead commented on how the Warriors have had several days of what he called "serious" practices together. "We have a gameplan for him and it should be fun".

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    I wasn't coming out. "I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just because of what he was able to accomplish. Obstacles different even than the Warriors , who await the victor of the Eastern Conference Final .

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