Steph Curry is gearing up for a shot at redemption as the Golden State Warriors prepare to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second year in a row at the NBA Finals. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 126-91.
Legacies will be on the line in this series.
Durant has only been in the Finals once before, coming up short in the 2012 NBA Finals against LeBron's Miami Heat. The Red Wings won the first two Cups, while Montreal hoisted the third.
So-called super teams are easier to create if players are willing to take less money than they're worth.
While the National Basketball Association is hoping the Finals make up for the lackluster postseason preceding it, they shouldn't hold their breath.
Draymond Green: The Warriors' emotionally volatile big man shocked last year's Finals when a skirmish with James led to a one game suspension that proved devastating to its title run. It is believed that for Cleveland to pull off back-to-back titles it is going to take a Herculean effort from LeBron James.
"I don't know what's in people's minds, how they label me, how they perceive me". The 1988-89 and 2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers each entered the NBA Finals undefeated, with 11-0 records.
"I don't like to be satisfied too much", James said. And with these star-studded teams, this may not be over even after this NBA Finals "tiebreaker".
But in 1923, the Yankees, playing their home games in the original, brand-new Yankee Stadium, got the best of the Giants, winning the World Series in six games. With many expecting nothing less than a championship from Durant and his elite new team, a major storyline to watch is how he will fare under the extreme pressure. Durant would then be eligible for another one-plus-one deal next year starting at an estimated $35.7 million and a five-year, supermax contract of approximately $217 starting in 2019-20. The Warriors have been known to launch and connect on many three point bombs.
James has played in a total of 40 NBA Finals games during his career, posting a 17-23 record in those games. Green will look to get into James' head and force him to have an off game like he had in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
On the eve of Thursday's opener of the Finals against the Golden State Warriors, the 6-foot-10 (2.08 m) frontcourt man was asked what kind of player James had hoped he could become. Had he stayed in Oklahoma City or gone somewhere else, there's no doubt that that team would have been better.