Warriors strongly favored in Las Vegas over Cavs for NBA Finals

The 40-year-old Lue was rewarded with a contract extension after the Cavs' championship run last June for the city's first major sports title in 52 years. The first "threematch" - rematch of a rematch - in league history.

Jordan has had a slightly tougher road because of a more brutal Eastern Conference in the 1990s, but James' matchups in The Finals explain why he is just 3-4 and still chasing Jordan's six rings. James briefly celebrated breaking the record by raising his right index finger to signal No. 1 as he headed down the court while the game continued. More than how it reflects on our team is how he's feeling that makes it very hard to have to sit here and say that the man that's hugely responsible for us being in The Finals for three years in a row, in a moment that he should be treasuring, can't do it. "But we're going to enjoy this for a couple more days before we have to lock in on that juggernaut out west". The Warriors led 2-0 after two wins by a combined 48 points. Cleveland won by one on Christmas Day, Golden State prevailed by 35 on January 16.

For the first time in NBA Finals history, two teams will play a rubber match. A walk down National Basketball Association finals memory lane reveals that the National Basketball Association finals has often seen the same teams duking it out for titles. Every night was challenging, and you can't just sleepwalk through a season, sleepwalk through the playoffs and expect to be here. Jordan's mark of 5,987 points stood for 19 years. So you have to appreciate it. ... Now he's four wins away from winning his first National Basketball Association championship.

Already, the back-and-forth is underway.

For what it's worth: I'm still on the Team Jordan, but I also know James has year's left to change my mind. Countered Golden State acting coach Mike Brown, when asked about it Thursday: "That's his opinion". But going into the Finals, you have to have a lot more confidence in Love than you did this time a year ago. He and the Cavs will have their hands full as they face Durant and the Warriors' high-powered offense. Durant is awesome; therefore, the Warriors are even more awesome. They're going to challenge us a lot, offensively, defensively, mentally, physically. But there's a bigger question looming, speaking of titles: Is James threatening Jordan's title of Greatest of all Time? Their teams met in the finals three times during the 1980s.

He finished the game with 35 points, booking his seventh straight Finals appearance as the reigning champions Cavs wrapped up a 4-1 victory over the Celtics in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals. You can't please everybody, and I'm happy for my teammates though.

"They are the best offensive team I've ever seen", Breen said.

While the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has tipped Warriors as a -260 favourite, ESPN's basketball power index (BPI) reckons that Stephen Curry & Co. have a 93 percent chance of winning the series. Steve Kerr, who is still experiencing complications from back surgery two years ago, hasn't been on the Warriors' sideline for more than a month. "(Chasing his ghost) is just my personal goal to keep me motivated", James said. "I went when I was 23 years old, and it felt like the Western Conference Finals was nearly like the championship". I'd be lying if I said I don't feel a little bit nervous picking against LeBron James, but I just think the Warriors have too much talent.

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