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Richard Jefferson Says Warriors Lacked Composure When They Lost 2016 NBA Finals

Richard Jefferson Says Warriors Lacked Composure When They Lost 2016 NBA Finals

The simple, unprecedented fact that the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will square off in a third straight NBA Finals is enough to make this series momentous. The Trilogy. Rubber Match, whatever you want to call it. With A-list stars on both sides, and with legacies on the line in a variety of ways, these Finals have the potential to be a spectacle the likes of which we have never seen. Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love smiles as he fields questions before an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. "If there's not, you're in the wrong series". The Warriors won at least once in Cleveland in each of the last two NBA Finals, part of their franchise-record streak of 14 straight series with a road victory.

Cavaliers: James' 3-pointer in the third quarter moved him past Reggie Miller (320) for second place on the National Basketball Association postseason list, which is led by Ray Allen with 385.

Cleveland is 12-1 in these playoffs, winning by an average of 13.6 points. Their dominance has only underscored the amount of star power that exists on both of these teams, and the many different elements of the potential drama about to unfold. Golden State's offense is in better shape with a healthy Curry and Durant taking Harrison Barnes' spot. The Warriors have won 27 of their last 28 games.

NO WORRY FROM CURRY: After a knee injury in the playoffs and a quick turnaround following the conference finals, Curry wasn't in top shape last June.

So good are the Warriors, who have finished with the NBA's best record in each of the last three seasons and added four-time scoring champion Durant last off-season, that Van Gundy referred to the 2015 National Basketball Association champions as a "dynasty".

The stakes for Durant couldn't be clearer.

Kyrie Irving, who hit the deciding 3-pointer with Curry's hand in his face last June as Cleveland rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to win its first championship, scored 24 points on 10-of-22 shooting.

But on Wednesday, Green said he doesn't plan to dial things back this time around just because he was disciplined a year ago. Cleveland got revenge last season, defeating Stephen Curry and a potent Golden State squad in seven games to even the series.




"I'm here now. And everything.in the past?" Golden State will try to keep him in check with Draymond Green, one of the league's best and most versatile defenders.

That's certainly how Curry will feel.

When the NBA Finals tip off Thursday in Oakland, the drama will be dead.

Those two memorable performances forced the finals to come down to a game seven.

Iguodala has struggled mightily shooting the three in the playoffs, and he shot just 30% from deep in last year's Finals.

"It's been a great motivating factor", he said. I think our team was the most poised previous year.

The biggest thing standing in the Warriors' way, of course, is James.

For Game 1 on Thursday, the Warriors are 7-point betting favorites at home with a Finals record-high total of 227. Capt. Patricia Sandoval, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department, said neither James nor his family was in their secondary home at the time. "I don't think it's sunk in all the way yet, but it's really special".


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