Underdog Cavs insist they have plenty of bite for Finals


While there have been 14 rematches in NBA Finals history, this year's meeting between LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors will be the first trilogy in league history.

"I've been very blessed the last few years to be a part of this league and play on the big stage", said Cleveland star LeBron James, who has now reached the Finals for the eighth time - including each of the last seven years.

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

In the regular season alone, the Warriors shot 49.4 percent from the field and 37.5 from deep against the Cavaliers, while the Celtics only managed 46.5 percent from the field and 32.3 percent from distance.

With this being the third installment of the Cleveland-Golden State finals saga, basketball bettors do have some history to weigh these totals trend against.

Just as the prophecy of the ancient scrolls foretold many moons ago, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers are once again on their way to an NBA Finals collision course. The Giants won the Series 5-3 in the final best-of-nine matchup as a banged-up Ruth got just one plate appearance during the final three games, all won by the Giants. Jordan held the record for almost 20 years, as his last point was scored in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. Even opposing players and coaches are recognizing the type of impact that James has on the Cavs. They've been the best team in our league for the last three years, and then they added an MVP. The Cavs have yet again shown a unique knack for elevating individual and team performances when they are required most. "We have to be ready for the challenge".

"When you're growing up and you're seeing Michael Jordan, it's nearly like a god, so I didn't ever believe I could be Mike", James said.

"And I saw Draymond said [Friday] night, he just talked about just two great teams".

Thomas initially injured his hip in the third quarter of a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 15. He played three halves against the Cavaliers before limping off the court in the middle of Game 2. Here are three things we learned from Cleveland's most recent series win. The Warriors claimed their title in Cleveland in 2015, the Cavaliers won game seven in Oakland a year ago.

Steve Kerr is not expected to return to the bench during the Finals as he continues to deal with complications from a back surgery he underwent in 2015. "Like it hurt me".

Isaiah Thomas' 2016-17 season ended a little bit earlier than the rest of his Celtics' teammates, giving him some added time to reflect on his incredible campaign.

"He's moving around a lot more", he said.

Thomas said he never doubted that coach Brad Stevens and general manager Danny Ainge were more concerned about his future than getting him back into the game. Respected basketball analysts on sports talk shows said the LeBron must have thrown the game on goal so that the team would realize that they had gaping holes that needed to be patched. "So I gotta come out and compete just like he's got to come out and compete".

Win and a pattern of dominance over years starts to come into focus, they will have a couple rings and beaten LeBron - who will go down as one of the all-time greats in his own right - to get them.

But the Celtics have the No. 1 pick in the draft, along with the salary cap space to sign a top free agent.

"Want the Warriors?" he said. It's one more team that you probably would've thought would've been a contender.