It's Cleveland vs. Golden State, round 4

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry right celebrates after they defeated the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals Monday

Golden State won its three home games by a total of 50 points in last year's Finals, avenging a dramatic 4-3 loss the previous year with a 4-1 romp past the Cavaliers for its second championship in three seasons.

Steve Kerr recalled a pretty hilarious story about one of the first times he had to guard Michael Jordan back when the now-Warriors head coach was a player on the Cavaliers, before he was MJ's teammate.

Love is expected back for the Finals, and Lue needs his experience against the Warriors, who like the Cavs rallied to win the Western Conference finals by taking Game 7 on the road. It's yet another credit to James that he was able to win the final two games of the Eastern Conference finals with Love sidelined after colliding with Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum in the opening minutes of Game 6.

This year's Finals will certainly be worth watching, as it will feature the defending champion Warriors - who are looking to claim their third title in four years.

The key addition for the Warriors that helped them immensely during that recent stretch is Durant, the 2017 NBA Finals MVP. But we noted, as well, that they would miss Irving when things got crunchy in the postseason.

The Warriors are now listed as an overwhelming -960 favorite (bet $960 to win $100) to defeat the Cavaliers and capture their third title in four years, according to OddsShark.

"For me as a competitor, it's fun", James said.

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"To me, Houston wasn't just one half away from advancing to the Finals", he said. One of the Warriors' biggest annoyances during the Western Conference finals was P.J. Tucker.

James is averaging 34 points, 9.2 rebounds and 8.8 assists in these playoffs. "I want to just try to maximize as much as I can and be as good as I can". In an interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols, James admitted that he called the team requesting they don't trade his star point guard. During the offseason, LeBron James made an example of Bell in a pickup basketball game.

While the Cavs versus Warriors matchup is now becoming one of the most talked-about modern rivalries, there are a lot of sub-plots too involving the two teams. "I think it's great", he said, a little deadpan. But at the end of the day, his athleticism allows him to play some of the premier perimeter players in our league. "But I just felt like it was bad timing for our team", he added.

As Stephen Curry noted, the Cavaliers are more than just James.

When Nichols asked if James' relationship with Gilbert would affect his free-agency decision, James said, "We're going to see". So, then what does that do to them? The Warriors didn't get the No. 1 seed out West, lost Curry to a knee injury late in the regular season, lost 10 of their final 17 games and got pushed to the brink.

When the Cleveland Cavaliers hit their low point this season, even their superstar began to wonder about their chances of recovering. "A guy that I had been in so many battles with over the last three years and obviously I wasn't a part of the communications and know exactly what went on between the two sides".

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