"I think we all believed that, I wouldn't say we believed we would play them, but we believed they were the best team in the Western Conference and we were the best team in the Eastern Conference".
Act III in this trilogy is overloaded with story lines, with the biggest being whether James and Co. have enough firepower to go toe-to-toe with the Warriors, who added superstar Kevin Durant to a team that won 73 games a year ago before its Finals flameout. "We understand it's going to be two titans meeting".
The Green-Love matchup was the last thing the Cavs wanted last June.
James referred to the Warriors as only "that juggernaut" and "a beast" following Thursday's Game 5 in at Boston, a night in which he passed Michael Jordan as the career postseason scoring leader. Even Danny and those guys say that, so that says a lot about who they are as people. Our goals were set at the beginning of the season, and that's to win a championship. Even with the addition of Kevin Durant, the Cavs know they beat this team previous year and there's no reason for them to not believe they can't win again. But none of the leagues have had more than one three-year stretch where the same teams played for title. We'll go from there. Obviously, adding an MVP to a team that already has a two-time MVP, that makes them even more impressive. Along with the concussion that Love suffered in Game 2, the versatile Green was the root of Love's troubles as a less mobile big man. Love averaged just 8.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in the six games he played, but capped the series with nine points, 14 rebounds, two steals and a crucial stop on the perimeter against Steph Curry in Game 7. It's tough to say that we didn't expect it. "They've been right at the top, best team in the league for three years straight now".More news: Young drivers finish strong in star-studded Indy 500 field
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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - No team in National Basketball Association history - not Michael Jordan's Bulls, not Bill Russell's Celtics, not Jerry West's Lakers - has won more regular-season games over a three-year span than the 207 games the Warriors have won since the start of the 2014-15 regular season. Cleveland has the No. 1 offensive efficiency in the playoffs with 120.7 points per 100 possessions; Golden State has the No. 2 at 115.8.
The Warriors have the highest-scoring offense in the playoffs with 118.3 points per game and the Cavs have the second-highest scoring offense with 116.8 points game.
"I only play blackjack in Vegas anyway, so it doesn't matter", he said.
Maybe, but as the teams gear up for Thursday night's series opener in Oakland, comments made by Warriors forward Draymond Green in October are reverberating around Cleveland. They do something, we come back and do something. Like, am I the reason that they're not that good? "I think it's great to be talked about, see what I was able to accomplish as an individual". It wasn't given to us. But we're both better. No team is better at completely overwhelming opponents than Golden State, which may be the best way to shake the Cavs and keep them from getting into any sort of groove.