PBT Podcast: NBA Finals preview with Dan Feldman

Lynette Rowe
June 1, 2017

At 32 years of age, the best player of his generation is playing the best basketball of his life.

"Golden State has more margin of error so they can have guys maybe not shooting the ball particularly well because Curry and Durant are on such a roll that it may not matter", former National Basketball Association coach Van Gundy said on a conference call.

No matter what you call it, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will face in their third straight NBA Finals. Ten years ago, there were only 12 such instances.

Smith said he will try to keep the occasion in perspective. "It will be a massive upset, I think, if they are not there each and every year".

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said that stretch changed the game's momentum on the way to a 93-89 Cavs' victory. "But then to go on and win decisively after that, in Philadelphia, it made it special". And while forward-thinking teams have been praised for putting the player first, there is concern across the league that the approach threatens to alienate fans who pay to see their favorite players, aggravate network executives who paid billions to showcase games, and devalue the regular season.

James says that being able to put "people in a position of power" is something that he's excited to do. "We're going to win the next four games, '" Harper said.

"They've mastered the split game, they've mastered the moving without the ball game in our league". But they like to beat the star on the other team.

There will be no love lost between these teams, especially after Green, whose Game Five suspension in the 2016 Finals was considered by many to be the turning point, said last November he wanted to "destroy" and "annihilate" the Cavs in a championship rematch. The Warriors team is loaded, and his isn't (as much).

"They force you to play a ideal game and that was just the thing that we did too", said Devean George, who played on three Lakers championship teams from 2000-02 and played for the Warriors in 2009-10.

Commissioner Adam Silver sent a letter to all 30 owners imploring them to take a more active role in the decision-making process, saying it can "damage the perception of our game".

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The Cavs announced Wednesday an updated logo collection for the 2017-18 season that "simplifies and modernizes the look of the Cavaliers brand".

As they have gotten better, it has come with a price, the stakes are higher than ever.

"We have another level", James said. "It was an impressive thing".

Green, Golden State's versatile heartbeat, is typically the hub of the post offense, averaging a little more than three post touches per game in the postseason. Those numbers are based on regular-season results.

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The Warriors also have to prove they haven't just had flukes in the playoffs. Blatantly. I don't care how many players you're resting or who. "That's what you play for".

LA police were investigating Wednesday as James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers prepared for Thursday night's Game 1 at Golden State.

In the playoffs, however, Cleveland has been almost as dominant as Golden State through the first three rounds and seemingly little separates the two sides that have traded championships the last two years.

"Guarding him is going to be a tough challenge", Irving said. "That will not happen". So why not want to see it again?

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