That's the story as the Cleveland Cavaliers vs.
They were crowned National Basketball Association champions in 2015 but were defeated last year as Cleveland's 52-year wait for a major sporting title came to an end.
The Finals will mark the seventh straight trip for James and his eighth overall.
Isaiah Thomas emerged as a superior scoring threat, Al Horford provided leadership and versatility, and the team won 53 games to earn the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Golden State Warriors are likely the better team here. The Warriors and Cavs each have a title to show for it, with this year serving as a tie-breaker for fans. Anything Danny and this organization need me to do to help bring even more talent to this city, I'm all for that. It really comes down to Kevin Durant. Get your FREE $5 chip for signing up today. He missed a lot of time due to injury this season, but when he finally returned to the court, the Warriors became nearly unbeatable.More news: Ariana Grande Will Return To Manchester: "We Won't Let Hate Win"
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In October, Draymond Green told NBA.com's David Aldridge exactly what he wanted to do if the two teams met again. In 13 playoff games this season, James has averaged 32.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.2 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game. The only blemish in the past month was a low-key display in Game 3 against Boston when James managed just 11 points and went 0-for-4 from three-point range.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are watching LeBron James once again lead the team in scoring.
The Cavaliers, which rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Warriors in last year's finals, sets an National Basketball Association record in winning its 13th straight playoff series closeout game. The remarkable numbers that James has posted against the Warriors are expected to continue, but he definitely needs his teammates to step up in a big way for the Cavs to keep a winning pace. (Love was out due to a shoulder injury he suffered after getting tangled up with Kelly Olynyk in Game 4 of the first round.) The Warriors would go on to defeat the Cavs in six games, securing the franchise's fourth championship. The story lines are plenty, including a few fresh ones, such as acting Golden State coach Mike Brown going against the team he coached not once but twice. A sweep of the Cavaliers would push the Warriors to an unprecedented 16-0 in the postseason. The next year they defeated Toronto after it needed seven games to get past a Heat team without Bosh and, for the final four games, Hassan Whiteside.
Game 1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. ET. In doing so, they looked very much like the power most expected they would be from the moment Kevin Durant agreed to come on board. The first two games will be played in California before heading back to OH for Game 3 on June 7.
Because the level of consistent excellence, the longevity, the durability that LeBron James displayed in passing Michael Jordan to become the NBA's all-time leading playoff scorer Thursday night seems like a package that is rarely put together.