Long shots: Odds against Cavs in NBA Finals against Warriors

Thursday, 31 May, 2018

It should be noted, as NBA.com's John Schuhmann pointed out, that Golden State was plus-60 in 141 minutes Iguodala played against the Cavaliers in last year's Finals.

James scored 35 points, secured 15 rebounds and dished out nine assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals over the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

Draymond Green #23 and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors react in the fourth quarter of Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on May 28, 2018 in Houston, Texas.

He was evaluated this week and is making progress, according to the Warriors.

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Cleveland and Golden State will meet for the fourth straight year in the NBA Finals, the Warriors looking for a third championship in that span and LeBron James and the Cavaliers trying to wrestle the crown away just as they did in the 2016 series.

The Houston Rockets set a franchise record this season when they won 65 games - a mark good enough to make them as the best team in the National Basketball Association (for the regular season, that is).

Harden turned in an MVP-caliber regular season to help the Rockets get the NBA's top seed for the first time in franchise history. Cleveland's Jeff Green recalled watching Durant as a rookie when they were teammates in Seattle, and one thing impressed above all.

"For me as a competitor, it's fun", James said.

When asked if Love would be able to play in Game 1 on Thursday (9 p.m. ET, ABC), Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said, "I hope so".

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says this Cavs team is much different than the one that lost in the Finals past year.

Curry is averaging 24.8 points on 38.5 per cent shooting from 3-point range, 6.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.8 steals over 11 playoff games, never scoring fewer than 18 points. Both coaches pushed the right buttons when their teams were pushed to the brink in earlier rounds, but Kerr just has more of them at his disposal. "But it just means other guys have got to step up". Game 1 is tonight, and even with James playing at absurd levels the Cavs find themselves as significant underdogs. But in the playoffs, Cleveland used consecutive wins in Canada to begin a shockingly easy four-game sweep in the Eastern semifinals. And just because a guy is not playing well, you can't give up on a guy. LeBron James willed his Cavaliers back to the big stage with another spectacular performance against Boston.

Despite being 33 and surrounded by post-season rookies, James has continued to dominate and has posted 40-plus points in seven different playoff matches and three triple-doubles. "But I think it's worked out for us both in these four years so far since I've been back".

When Nichols asked if James' relationship with Gilbert would affect his free-agency decision, James said, "We're going to see". "If you want to see somebody else in the postseason, then you got to beat them".