Long shots: Odds against Cavaliers in NBA Finals against Warriors

P.J. Tucker Chris Paul

The Warriors weren't anxious, and according to Kevin Durant, it was James Harden's fitness that had Golden State expecting a second-half rally.

Hamilton coached James Jones when the two were at the University of Miami, and he coached Okaro White when he played at FSU.

Starting June 1, Pinoy NBA fans can watch Part IV of the modern rivalry between arguably the era's best team in the Warriors, and arguably its best player in LeBron James LIVE on free TV via ABS-CBN channel 2 and ABS-CBN S+A channel 23. The Warriors outscored Houston 122-63 in the second-half of the final two games. The top five highest-rated local markets were Cleveland (27.6), Boston (21.9), Columbus (15.1), Providence (14.4) and New Orleans (12.9).

The Warriors will host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday as they look to win a third title in four years and second consecutive championship.

"That's the conversation I had with T-Lue", Green said.

And because they won a championship in 2016 together, the core four of James, Love, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson share something special.

"Just keeping our composure was big for us the entire series", Curry said. In the early numbers that's up 7% over last year's Game 1 between the winning Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators. James responded with 46 points in Game 6). As great as they were with that style of play in the offseason, it abandoned them in the Western Conference Finals, no more emphatically than an 0-27 stretch between the second and fourth quarters that set an National Basketball Association playoff record.

Reid Forgrave: I feel somewhat subversive in saying the Warriors will drop a full two games to the Cavaliers.

Golden State turned it up again in the second half as the Warriors rallied past the Houston Rockets, 101-92, to rule the West Conference and arrange another NBA Finals showdown against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

3 - Cleveland's struggles to defend the fast break have been well known all season. What LeBron did in this playoffs is absolutely ridiculous and must be appreciated, but the Warriors are a juggernaut and will not be stopped by Jeff Green and Kyle Korver.

"Like this series, Trevor Ariza, PJ Tucker, James [Harden], [Chris Paul], they brought the best out of me", Durant told ESPN. But it's just cool that every opportunity you step on the floor in the playoffs, the farther you go, somebody is going to challenge you.

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