Warriors open as favorite over Cavs in NBA Finals

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are actually a part of a lot of special things.

"If Cleveland comes out of the East, I want to destroy Cleveland", Green said. Even with some potential blockbuster offseason moves, it's unlikely any National Basketball Association team can assemble the necessary talent to rival either the Warriors or Cavaliers. It's another to be a safe bet to obliterate the defending champs who lost no key pieces from last season's Finals.

According to Windhorst, the only discussion around the team regarding the Warriors had to do with what uniforms there are going to wear for Game 1. In fact, it's probably larger than anyone thought it was going into the lopsided series that saw LeBron James and Kyrie Irving dominate as though they were superheroes against the mere mortals wearing Celtics' uniforms. It's no surprise how far the Raptors were pushed in that series, but the most telling indicator of where they truly are at came in the conference semi-finals against Cleveland.

Otherwise, the Cavs are outscoring their opponents by 13.6 points per game - the third-highest margin in National Basketball Association playoff history. Finished the playoffs having made at least 10 3-pointers in 16 of their 18 games.

1993 - The Chicago Bulls are the first team to win a "three-peat", or three consecutive championships, since the Celtics in the 1960s. They just found ways to win games. I have no discussion - Golden State, they've been the best team in our league for the last three years, and then they added an MVP. They closed out the regular season strong by winning 12 of the last 14 games. The story lines are plenty, including a few fresh ones, such as acting Golden State coach Mike Brown going against the team he coached not once but twice.

After the Cavs clinched the Eastern Conference title with a 135-102 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that James said thinking about the Warriors is not something he's ready to do just yet, and that doing so would stress him out.

James did not speak to reporters Saturday.

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So, there's the case for the Warriors.

"Same thing was true with the Bowie-Olajuwon-Jordan draft, and that was years before that", said former NBA Commissioner David Stern, recalling more of Portland's painful past, when the Blazers took oft-injured center Sam Bowie at No. 2 in between Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Jordan in 1984. "We're trying to repeat, which is so hard to do. It's not something that I can hide from or run from", Brown said of his connection with the Cavs.

"This team is a insane team", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said after Thursday's game.

But he said his goal is not just to match Jordan's numbers.

What's going through the minds of these organizations and players? Not worry about what it says in Vegas or what people are saying about underdogs. We're not using that as an excuse. And then we come out, we get some tremendous looks, and Kyrie goes nuts and ends us. "I would love to be here long term and win championships here, but as you guys know it's a business and anything can happen. So, that's what we're focused on". The big star for the Giants that year was future Yankees manager Casey Stengel, who hit an inside-the-park homer in the ninth inning to win Game 1 and drove in the only run in Game 3 with another homer.

"Eastern Conference finals, that's the biggest stage I've ever been on", Thomas said at the team's practice facility in Waltham, Massachusetts. Offensive rebounds, they kick it out to 3 and relocate.

Cleveland certainly deserved the Cavs' title and the Indians' World Series appearance for so many years of failure from its teams. Can't give them easy free shots like that.

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