Five things to watch for in Warriors-Cavs Part IV

Rockets' Paul out for tonight's Game 7 against Warriors

For the fourth time in four years, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves facing off with the NBA Championship on the line.

There's probably not too many people who are surprised that the Warriors were able to make it back to the NBA Finals, but the same can't be said for the Cavaliers who have gone through so much adversity this season.

The Warriors, meanwhile, lost two of three to Houston in the regular season and were relegated to second seeding behind the Rockets in the Western finals, before winning twice in Texas - including Game 7 on Monday - to eke out a narrow advancement.

The five-time All-Star averaged 25 points during Golden State's seven-game Western Conference finals victory against over Houston Rockets.

Once the buzzer sounded and the 101-92 Game 7 win over Houston was official, the Warriors could exhale.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers sits on the floor after defeating the Boston Celtics 87-79 in Game Seven of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the 2018 NBA Finals at TD Garden on May 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Kevin Durant and LeBron James both offered direct responses Wednesday when asked if they thought a fourth straight NBA Finals matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors was bad for the league. That's the upstairs. That's their job to be cold and objective, and do what they think is best for the team. "When I get the opportunity, I've got to make the best of it". Cleveland's Jeff Green recalled watching Durant as a rookie when they were teammates in Seattle, and one thing impressed above all. In fact, the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas opened Golden State as a -1,000 favorite to win this series - the largest Finals favorite in at least 16 seasons.

James recalled saying this season that "this is the best I've felt in my career".

"The Spurs were going underneath on every screen just daring him to shoot", Kerr said. In 18 playoff appearances this season, the Kid from Akron has racked up averages of 34.0 points on 54.2 percent shooting from the field (34.3 percent from beyond the arc), 9.2 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks in 41.3 minutes per. I got treatment on the 4½-hour flight up here.

As Stephen Curry noted, the Cavaliers are more than just James. LeBron James is the best basketball player in the world, end of sentence. When they lose, it's because Steph Curry played poorly.

But even as he ages, he still is a valuable cog to what the Houston Rockets do and should be offered a one to two year deal roughly the game as what he made this season. "I think they're still proud of the work we did, but at the same time, it hurts".

But just because these two teams have met the past three years, that doesn't mean there's nothing to talk about heading into this series. "If you want to see somebody else in the postseason then you've got to beat 'em".

When Nichols asked if James' relationship with Gilbert would affect his free-agency decision, James said, "We're going to see".

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