Jordan's six National Basketball Association titles are twice as many as James's three - two of them won with the Miami Heat before he returned to Cleveland with the avowed aim of bringing a championship to his home state of Ohio.
The Cavaliers completed the regular season in a somnambulatory state, counting on their ability to improve their level of play when it mattered most.
It was Green who was suspended for Game 5 of last year's Finals for a swipe at James' groin - and Golden State wound up squandering a 3-1 series lead and chance at a repeat title.
But it all evaporated.
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook installed Golden State as a minus-260 favorite, with Cleveland at plus-220, meaning a $100 bet on the Warriors would win $38.46 and the same bet on the Cavaliers would win $220, according to ESPN.
The league will showcase the two best teams again when the NBA Finals tip off on Thursday night (ABC, 9 p.m. ET).
"I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just seeing what he was able to accomplish", James said after scoring 35 points in the Cavaliers' 135-102 victory over the Boston Celtics that clinched the Eastern Conference title.
Here is the complete schedule for the 2017 NBA Finals. But then he added this: "OK, maybe a slight preference for Cleveland". I don't feel like we're underdogs. Countered Golden State acting coach Mike Brown, when asked about it Thursday: "That's his opinion". But it's uncertain if Kerr will return to the bench for the NBA Finals.
There's notably also another superstar on Golden State's already-loaded roster. LeBron James and company were unbeaten through 10 games before losing to the Celtics on a last-second 3-pointer in Sunday's Game 3. Among the active players near the top, Tony Parker (4,012) stands ninth, Dwyane Wade (3,871) 11th, Dirk Nowitzki (3,663) 15th and Kevin Durant (2,872) 28th. Can Durant win his first? "With that being said, tonight I'll start my prepping, and we'll see what happens". "We just kept grinding".
"Like I have an extra bone or something, like doctor talk", Thomas said. We will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it? Simple as that. It's good that we're here now. "We're trying to repeat, which is so hard to do".
In the Celtics series, Kyrie Irving averaged 25.8 points and 5.4 assists per game on 62.2 percent shooting from the field and 50 percent shooting from three. The 2016 champions versus the 2015 champions.
The Finals will mark the seventh straight trip for James and his eighth overall.
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As pundits parsed the stats showing Jordan achieved his 5,987 playoff points in 179 post-season games while James reached 5,995 in his 212th post-season contest, James dismissed such conversations as "barbershop" debates.
"I've gotta do what's best for me in the long run, what's best for my body", Thomas said.
Whatever you want to call the historic third meeting between the Cavaliers and Warriors in the Finals - never in National Basketball Association history have two teams met three years in a row in the Finals - it's what fans have been waiting for.
MARTIN: Actually going just a little beyond Michael Jordan, breaking one of his records.
The Cleveland regulars were 16 of 33 from behind the arc through three quarters - after the Cavs went 19 of 39 on treys in a 44-point win in Game 2.
While the Warriors have posted a flawless 12-0 record in the playoffs this season, the Cavs have almost matched them. James didn't speak to reporters on Saturday either, leaving Love to serve as the team's unofficial spokesman as the sports world inched closer to a matchup that seemed destined from the moment last season's Finals ended.
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