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How will Kevin Durant handle his matchup with LeBron James?

30 May 2017

"Right now it's just time you have to block out everything. There seems to be a theme when I'm out, I think the team is like 108-2". "Anything that's painful, whether it's mentally or physically, is part of the process, and that's the reward when the goal is completed".

Amid all the comparisons with Michael Jordan, LeBron James admitted that he has made it his "personal goal" to follow MJ's footsteps of becoming an National Basketball Association legacy. The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are playing for the title.

With a title each the past two years, both squads, who were expected from Day One to battle anew for the most coveted basketball trophy in the world, break their deadlock in a war long predicted to materialize.

Both the Cavaliers and Warriors have upgraded their rosters from a year ago, when they went seven games in an epic series that spawned the first comeback from a 3-1 deficit in Finals history and resulted in Cleveland winning its first pro sports championship since 1964. Many were quick to point out that the Cavs' star player is most likely to beat Michael Jordan's other records, claiming that the latter's accomplishments might be "overrated". They're the first team to reach the Finals without losing a game in the postseason since the 2001 Los Angeles Lakers - and the first team to do it since the first round went to a best-of-7 format.

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But, during these playoffs, Iguodala hasn't looked healthy.

"Once we get to Game 1 it might be a good time to make a decision one way or another", continued Kerr. In addition, James already has three NBA Finals MVPs and three championships under his belt. "As, of right now, I would not coach Thursday night".

"I'd like to tell you I'm ready, but I'm not ready to coach yet", Kerr said Monday via the San Francisco Chronicle. LeBron James has averaged more points on the road (28.4) than at home (26.3), though that might have something to do with his averaging a minute-and-a-half more per game on the road.

An eight-time All-Star, Durant left Oklahoma City to join an offensive juggernaut that includes two-time MVP Stephen Curry (a four-time All-Star), Klay Thompson (3), Draymond Green (2) and Andre Iguodala (1). "It is awkward. It is weird, but we're doing OK".

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"I'm taking part in practices, helping with the messaging, taking part in coaching meetings, but I'm not on the sidelines during games". It's just weird because on the one hand Mike has to coach the team as he sees fit.

After the team returned from Boston in the wee hours Friday morning, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue didn't go to bed and immediately began working on a game plan to stifle Golden State's powerful, multi-faceted offence. "I'm still feeling a lot of the effects of what I've got going on". "Whatever y'all want to call me y'all can call me". That's in the past. And I feel the same way.

"Now that we're here, it's a clean slate". Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have allowed the sixth-highest points per game on cuts in these playoffs so that will be a major area of concern heading in to the playoffs.

There is some truth to both arguments, but the fact of the matter is these teams aren't nearly as bad as they're perceived to be after LeBron gets through with them and he deserves credit for such consistent and interminable dominance that doesn't appear to be reaching its climax anytime soon.

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