There are three Cavs whose play matters more than anybody. Even if LeBron is playing 48 minutes every night and forcing Steve Kerr to send more help than he'd like to, even if Cleveland's shooters are reliable all series, do you believe in this Cavs team stopping Golden State consistently?
When he spoke of how the Cavaliers need LeBron James to be great and must shoot "lights out" from the three-point line, he meant that was what they would require "to have a chance to win a game".
As for the Wolves, it may come as no surprise that they ranked in the bottom third of the league given ball-dominant players Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Karl-Anthony Towns - they finished 23rd with 241.5 passes per game.
The Dubs did get a huge slice of luck along the way as Chris Paul suffered a hamstring injury at the end of Game 5 where the Rockets had taken a 3-2 lead in the series and were on the brink of eliminating the men from the Bay Area.
Perhaps they can get away with that - again - in these NBA Finals. That's probably going to prove simplistic against Golden State, but it certainly can't hurt.
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I would have loved to keep playing, but I'll take it. "The good thing is I'll be feeling fresh today". So I think I outplayed him throughout, and it was unfortunate for him to pick up an injury.
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Yes, Golden State's lineup still features four All-Stars, but Iguodala's absence is no small concession. They can win without him, but it certainly makes it tougher. It was time for Kevin Durant to take over. Particularly late in the series, he fell into the iso-happy offense that colored the worst moments of his Oklahoma City tenure. We've got EXCLUSIVE details on how he's now dreading going up against the mighty Golden State Warriors.
One interesting note on Bell is that he's done far better at home this year. Draymond Green rolled his ankle in the second half of Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, but he'll put in shifts against James as well. Cleveland is an inferior defensive team to Houston, and Durant should have more opportunities to make things happen, both for himself and for his teammates. If he plays to his potential, the Cavaliers won't have an answer.
It's unclear how Van Gundy's comments went over with ABC executives, given their presumed interest in having as many viewers as possible tune into the Finals, which begin Thursday and will be televised entirely by that network, but they certainly furthered his reputation for being blunt-spoken.
With Kevin Durant dominating inside, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson sizzling as 3-point sharpshooters, and Draymond Green contributing rebounds and assists, the Warriors have been almost as formidable as they were in last year's title run. I know people talk numbers, but if you actually saw him and the rules were so much better for the defense back then, how much contact, how much lesser shooting was on the floor so there wasn't as much space.