LeBron says has beaten stacked teams like Warriors before

Lynette Rowe
May 29, 2017

"This is a high powered team.it's going to be very challenging not only on me mentally but on our ballcub and on our franchise". "It's like, we're in the NBA Finals".

Durant's decision to leave the Thunder for Golden State as a free agent last summer meant the Warriors went from mere overwhelming favorites to win the West again to super-duper-overwhelming favorites to win the West again.

This is America, we want the stars doing battle and we want players we can hate, characters we can build up and tear down and we want drama. Fair or not. If the Warriors want to be mentioned in the pantheon of all-time greats, it will take the 2017 title to be part of it. "We match up well with them, and I think they'd say the same about us".

Lue said didn't deliver any inspiring speech to his players before practice. 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.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates after sinking a three point shot during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Boston.

After playing so well in the conference finals, is Love so confident that he prefers the matchup against the Warriors over playing the San Antonio Spurs?

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"Want the Warriors?" he said.

What does matter is that the 32-year-old is having one of his finest postseasons, and the Cavs are gelling the way they did at this time last year.

James also has had to go through the Boston Celtics, who won an National Basketball Association title in 2008 and dispatched James from the playoffs in 2008 and 2010 before he was able to get by them in 2011 and 2012 after joining the Miami Heat. "But also, as you guys know, the toughest year of my life". Obviously, adding an MVP to a team that already has a two-time MVP, that makes them even more impressive. Plural. If you're going to go down as one of the dominant teams of an era - like the Shaq/Kobe Lakers, or Jordan's Bulls, or the Celtics and Lakers of the "80s, etc. - there needs to multiple rings on fingers". 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.

Brown has been at the helm as the Warriors stormed unbeaten through the first three rounds of the playoffs with Kerr sidelined by debilitating symptoms stemming from back surgery two years ago.

James knows he will have his hands full when the series opens on Thursday in Oakland but said he likes his team's chances of pulling off what Las Vegas would consider an upset. "At the end of the day - win, lose or draw - if you left everything on the floor then you can be satisfied with that". "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.

"We're not going to use that as motivation", Lue said.

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