NBA Finals Odds & Series Pick: Cavs vs. Warriors

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The win advanced James to his eighth consecutive NBA Finals appearance where he will again square off with the defending champion Golden State Warriors. "To make big plays like he made tonight - for him personally, it's the cherry on top because the game was taken away from him".

Hamilton coached James Jones when the two were at the University of Miami, and he coached Okaro White when he played at FSU.

"This is a true testament to how hard it is to get to the NBA Finals, how hard it is to have a chance to play for a championship". The Cavaliers have been horrendous on defense for pretty much the entire season, but this is a crafty team that seemingly knows how to flip the switch when it comes to defensive intensity. The Cavaliers only got one game off them in last year's finals, and that Cleveland team, with Kyrie Irving, was better than this year's version. According to ESPN, the Warriors opened as 12-point favorites for Thursday night's Game 1, which is tied for the largest point spread in an NBA Finals game since 2001, when the Los Angeles Lakers were a 12-point favorite over Allen Iverson's Philadelphia Sixers in Game 1.

"It's been a whirlwind", James said after Game 7 in Boston.

"That's the conversation I had with T-Lue", Green said.

But James once again had his way with the Raptors as the Wine and Gold eliminated them for the third year running and completed a second consecutive sweep. As in, LeBron James may be king, but Steph Curry clearly rules.

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But their youth showed on Sunday night, when they withered under the spotlight of a decisive Game 7.

"The Rockets would have won this series if Chris Paul was healthy", he said, referring to the Western Conference Finals that went a full seven games with Golden State prevailing.

For the Finals, they spliced the key players from the series into a video edited to look like the opening to an episode to the hit 1990s series "Family Matters", and the results were golden.

The Warriors had a little help from the Rockets who couldn't buy a 3-point basket. While unwinding long after the win with Morton's The Steakhouse cuisine and a cold one, Kerr responded to those words by saying, "We would have won the series in five if Iggy played". What LeBron did in this playoffs is absolutely ridiculous and must be appreciated, but the Warriors are a juggernaut and will not be stopped by Jeff Green and Kyle Korver.

Cleveland was only 50-32 this season.

"I know what I bring to my team", Durant said. And just because a guy is not playing well, you can't give up on a guy.