LeBron undaunted by challenge of facing Warriors in Finals

Celtics star Isaiah Thomas unsure if he'll need hip surgery

He's heading there for the eighth time in a Hall of Fame career spanning 14 seasons.

LeBron James is grateful that he and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be playing the Warriors in the NBA Finals for the third straight year.

They are going into Game 1 with a lot of faith. Tipoff is 9 p.m. In 2015, the Cavs and Dubs combined for a 2-3-1 O/U record in the NBA Finals (194.16 ppg vs. 196.7 ave total), and a year ago they finished 2-4-1 O/U in the finals (200.28 ppg vs. 207.93 ave total).

Cavaliers: James has scored 30 or more points in 11 of Cleveland's 13 games this postseason. A sweep of the Cavaliers would push the Warriors to an unprecedented 16-0 in the postseason.

Well, then perhaps he should have been at the Future concert outside of Akron on Saturday night, because LeBron James and the Cavs were having plenty of fun on a night off. But that is the beauty of sports - the better team doesn't always win.

The Warriors are the greatest collection of National Basketball Association talent in the modern era, and that's no small statement, considering Tim Duncan and David Robinson played together in San Antonio and LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh became Miami's Big Three.

"What does that mean?" We know where we come from, we do understand where we come from and the only difference between us and someone who has their MBA - is opportunity. "We've both added pieces that helped our offensive and defensive packages to be even more scary". We will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it?

"Eastern Conference finals, that's the biggest stage I've ever been on", Thomas said at the team's practice facility in Waltham, Massachusetts.

LeBron undaunted by challenge of facing Warriors in Finals

Everyone knew the two teams were on a collision course. "He's a guy who said he wanted us, and he has us starting next Thursday". He's a competitor. You beat a team, they definitely want you back.

Now, the Cavaliers have a week off before the NBA Finals kick off Thursday in Oakland to figure out how to deal with the stress the Warriors will cause, and the biggest issue remains: Can the Cavaliers effectively guard the Warriors?

That's where the dominance of Golden State and Cleveland makes its mark.

"You adapt to the culture", he said.

In so doing, James silenced Golden State's Terrible Threesome of Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. "But nobody's going to feel sorry for me".

For, to be blunt about it, it seems like James versus the entire Warrior crew is more like it. Curry needs his teammates-assist here, screen there-to ensure space for his bombs from afar. "It makes him even more unsafe when you equip him with that talent, that skill and put him with those guys". The first two games will be played in California before heading back to OH for Game 3 on June 7.

"I only play blackjack in Vegas anyway, so it doesn't matter", he said.

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