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Warriors-Cavaliers - Why Is It Called a "Rubber Match"?

Warriors-Cavaliers - Why Is It Called a

"For my name to come up for discussion with the greatest basketball player of all time I was like "wow". "He wouldn't take the money so from now on 19 years in a row always says, 'You owe me $100.' He won't take the money". We'll use it as motivation, but as far as the idea of playing into it it's tough for me to say that is the case.

It's awfully hard not to think over points when such two unstoppable offenses collide, at least within the expected total point lines that the books will try to attract us with.

James, a three-time Finals MVP, is next at 2-1.

"I think what it has to do with, it has to do with the fact he's got a nice, long, fat contract with the Cavs and he realizes that he can finally afford to pay me the money that he owes me for the shooting game back in 2000 or whenever it was", Brown said with a grin.

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By complimenting Golden State and praising them for being the best team in the league, he's already setting himself up. Golden State was a -20,000 favorite against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the postseason, -10,000 against the Utah Jazz in the second round and -1,600 to win against the San Antonio Spurs. The only outlier to their success might be that they haven't played anyone particularly challenging, which could result in some headaches against a red-hot Cleveland squad. "It's impossible. That record, I won't live to see that record be broken".

This is the vast luxury of being the Warriors-who else has two (or three or four) guys who can be credible defending LeBron?

Now, onto the meat and potatoes.

After allowing the Celtics to seize the early momentum in Game 4, the Cavs barely gave them the chance in Game 5.

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Kyrie Irving had 24 points and seven assists and the Cavaliers, who sat their starters for the entire fourth quarter. That was my mindset when I started playing the game. That Game 1 trend is 3-9-1 O/U since the 2004 finals. This man wants to win, and that must be commended.

This is the greatness of this match-up: LeBron at his best is better than anything the league has seen since Michael Jordan, the Warriors at their best are the greatest team since Jordan's Bulls, and whoever wins this series probably will be the player or the team everybody else is compared to forever after.

There is certainly no one close to him on the playoff scoring list who can catch him. "They have a great team right now". The main reason Cleveland will be making their third straight Finals appearance is of course thanks to the brilliance of LeBron James, and the superstar reached a very special milestone on Thursday night. But who cares about these, right? They opened 10-0 last season en route to their first National Basketball Association title. Then, after stealing a pass from Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko, James got space in the lane after a post-up and threw down a right-handed dunk that put the Cavaliers up, 28-12, and forced another Boston timeout.

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It was a very welcomed sight in Irving's case, after he rolled his left ankle in the third quarter of Cleveland's Game 4 win. Smith at the podium, James did offer a brief glimpse into his Golden State view - even calling them a "beast of a matchup".