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LeBron James' Cavaliers embracing underdog status in NBA Finals rematch with Warriors

LeBron James' Cavaliers embracing underdog status in NBA Finals rematch with Warriors

He elevates the Warriors in every category, averaging 25.2 points per game in the playoffs. Third time's the charm. It's a rematch of the last two NBA Finals for the first time in league history, with the Cleveland Cavaliers taking on the Golden State Warriors. Cleveland nearly certainly needs the Kevin Love of the last round to have a chance at the upset. Thompson killed Golden State on the glass in 2016, with 27 offensive rebounds in the Finals. The Warriors won 67 regular-season games. The Warriors are the best first quarter team in the postseason in terms of net rating (+32.1 points per 100 possessions) and are +112 in point differential in first halves. They ended their destruction of the Western Conference with a short series against the San Antonio Spurs. That's right. Since March 14.

"It's just been such a better progression for Steph this post-season", Kerr, the ailing Golden State coach, told reporters Monday.

You have LeBron James on your side. That's mind-boggling. We're talking the same LeBron James who, after winning two titles in Miami, returned home to get Cleveland a long-awaited title (mission accomplished), who kept the injury-ridden Cavs afloat in 2015 and found a way to race the length of the court for the miraculous blocked shot that turned last season's Game 7 Cleveland's way.

"We know it's going to be a battle".

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"I thought it was a great approach in the first half, not giving Madrid any more advantages, and we ran really hard". Juventus' own piece of history was less welcome, the Old Lady having now lost a record seven European Cup finals.

POWER FORWARD: Draymond Green vs. Kevin Love.

Hold on a minute, however.

Curry told me in in a one-on-one interview in Oakland in November that last year's devastating NBA Finals loss to Cleveland was "something you'll never forget". The closest he could do was acknowledge the huge challenge posed by the All-Star-studded Warriors, packing a great wallop behind Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Barnes averaged 9.3 points in the Finals a season ago, on 35 percent shooting. Durant has heard so much criticism for leaving Oklahoma City and moving to Golden State last summer. If the vandal's intention was to give 'Bron that little bit of extra juice the Cavs need to take down the Warriors, he probably succeeded.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Watching Part II of the Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals trilogy last spring, Kyle Korver came to a realization. Durant is another ridiculous weapon. So, this year's team is better than the one that they had last year. It's what we should want - the two best teams on the biggest stage.

Stevenson stops Fonfara in 2nd round in WBC title defense
Pascal had some success fighting in small spurts, but it was Alvarez who took the fight by scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114. Alvarez, who has been waiting for a title shot for two years, re-established his jab in the final rounds to close out the fight.

In 2016 the Warriors headed to the playoffs with the best record in National Basketball Association history 73-9, surpassing the Chicago Bulls 72-10 record. In these playoffs, James has passed Michael Jordan, the one player he is most compared to, for the most postseason points ever. While a Game 1 preview will come in the coming days, here's a preview & prediction for the entire series.

James will push Golden State to the limit.

Yet the Cavs found a way.

My pick: Cavaliers in six.

Only 138000 new jobs in the US last month
Health care added 24,000 in May, including hospitals adding 7,000 jobs and ambulatory health care services adding 13,000. The labor force participation rate declined by 0.2 percentage points to 62.7 percent in May.


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