'Hate Is Living Every Day,' LeBron James Says After Racist Graffiti Incident

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Defending champion Cleveland meets Golden State for an unprecedented third consecutive NBA Finals game starting Thursday, June 1 (Friday Manila time) with James seeking his fourth crown in his seventh consecutive finals appearance and eighth overall, and Durant still yearning for his first crown. And with these star-studded teams, this may not be over even after this NBA Finals "tiebreaker". The two teams are set for a mammoth final with Game 1 scheduled in Oakland on Thursday. James again led the way in 2016, but he had their help, including Irving's dagger three to close out Game 7.

Prior to tip off, Footwear News went through the top styles worn throughout the playoffs by both teams.

For Warriors forward David West, it was the 1989 NBA Finals, the Lakers falling to the Bad Boy Pistons when Magic Johnson came up limp with a hamstring injury. Despite this, Brown is focused on Golden State's goal and that is to win.

By winning the Eastern Conference Championship with a 135-102 Game 5 victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden last Thursday night, the Cavaliers earned the right to face the three-time defending Western Conference Champion Warriors for the National Basketball Association title for the third straight season.

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The Cavaliers won twice at Oakland during that stretch and also earned a victory in Game 2 of the 2015 NBA Finals there.

In case you couldn't tell from the 4,000 previews on the Internet this week, the NBA Finals are nearly here. After putting together the greatest three-year stretch in National Basketball Association history, the Warriors will be looking to avenge last year's devastating loss and validate the Kevin Durant signing that created such an "unfair" super-team.

After noting that the vandalism had intruded on "one of the greatest sporting events that we have", James said that if the incident keeps the conversation about racism alive, "then I'm OK with it". You'll get people who love the Warriors; you'll now get people who hate and loathe Golden State. But can this collective core match the additional firepower Durant brings with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green? The prediction has now changed, however, as the company believes the Warriors will win. "I think they would say the same thing about us". "We've got to work hard at practice and when the game comes on, get out there and go play". Much has already been written about how Love is finally fitting together with LeBron and Kyrie, but it certainly is incredibly important for the Cavs to be able to rely on him for his scoring, playmaking, and rebounding.

"And not that, not the suspension, like I said, the lessons that the suspension taught me". Smith has had a quiet postseason, playing more than 30 minutes and taking more than eight shots just once in the Eastern Conference finals. Edge: Warriors.

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