It was deafening. It was everywhere. The Warriors are deeper and more talented, now boasting Kevin Durant in their Big Four. This was the only time Durant sniffed the Finals before this season. Game 1 is Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.
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Now, all the focus of this Finals is on LeBron and KD.
There are many storylines surrounding this year's Finals.
The fact that he's facing turbulent, painful times with dignity and class and an attitude that sets him apart speaks to his character more than anything else.
- The Warriors enter the Finals with a flawless 12-0 record this postseason, the first team ever to accomplish that feat since the National Basketball Association switched to their current playoff format in 2003. Both teams have a Finals win during that timeframe, with the Cavs the defending champs.
With the NBA Finals bound to produce some close games, the continuity edge goes to the Cavs in terms of personnel. "He's been shooting it pretty well".
But mindful of how the Cavaliers and Warriors went a combined 24-1 in the playoffs before colliding in The Finals, Silver says "we should also celebrate excellence".
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"He can have that title, he just can't have this ring". With 239 points in this series, however, he can climb to second place all-time, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,317), Michael Jordan (1,176), Elgin Baylor (1,161), Bill Russell (1,151) and Sam Jones (1,143). Twice he has dished out eight assists. The Warriors haven't missed a beat with assistant coach Mike Brown running the show, however, becoming the first team to ever start the playoffs with 12 straight victories.
"I'll be focused tomorrow on the game, on all the games", James said. I don't look at anybody pushing me. The game's over/under of 226 points is the largest in NBA Finals history. Health plays a part, a lot of things play a part in this. "I thought he did a good job of that. You don't care who you've got to take down, you just want to take whoever that is down".
"I think back to Emmett Till's mom, actually", James said, referring to the black teen who was lynched in MS in 1955.
In order for Golden State to sign Durant to a maximum possible extension, the team would have to renounce its rights to 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala and fellow free agent Shaun Livingston to create room under the salary cap. He missed, letting out a loud "ahhhh!"
In December 2014, James and other National Basketball Association players wore "I can't breathe" shirts during pre-game warmups. "Can't get caught up in your shot falling or not".
"I can't go out there and do everything on my own or I can't go out there and just let my teammates do all the work for me", Durant said Wednesday, a day before the series opener. You have to relish the moment. The Cavs and Warriors are about to engage in a best four-out-of-seven series that is both historic and rich in subplots.