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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are set to meet in the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive season, as most hoops fans know by now.

Lue said on Wednesday while starting point guard George Hill is likely to be matched up with Curry the most, the Cavaliers coach will be ready to throw everything and the kitchen sink at the former two-time MVP when the finals open Thursday night in Oakland. After all, the Houston Rockets had the opportunity to take down the Warriors in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals while the Boston Celtics could have eliminated the Cavs in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. He even makes the Warriors better.

Klay Thompson doesn't think the Golden State Warriors or the Cleveland Cavaliers need to apologize for ruling their respective conferences for fourth straight years. That's the upstairs. That's their job to be cold and objective, and do what they think is best for the team. "Now I have got to get into the postseason'".

Even without Iguodala, the Warriors are heavy favorites in this series.

Beyond the fact that some people may just be bored with this seemingly annual event, there is the larger question of whether the Cavaliers can muster enough from King James' court to create any true competitive drama.

"Just trying to figure out how to move in general", Iguodala said.

Right now, there's no evidence that Iguodala could play in the Finals, so the presumption - at this juncture - should be that Iguodala doesn't play in the Finals. "Just because of the 18 of a possible 21 Finals games that I've played against them in the last three years, I figured out that they could make it happen". "My concern is how can I impact this series to help my team win a championship". You've seen that throughout the course of the playoffs this year and you've seen it the last three years, that those guys are up for the challenge.

And Kerr was full of praise for the Cavs star - a potential contender for the greatest basketball player of all time alongside Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan - ahead of Game 1. The Warriors got the nod from 24 of 24 ESPN experts; 15 envision a five-game series and one sees a sweep. In their first matchup, on Christmas Day, they lacked talisman Stephen Curry due to an injury. "But I just felt like it was bad timing for our team", he added.

The Houston Rockets have signaled they want those guys back but they'll be pricey so it remains to be seen how much they'll cost considering Paul wants a max deal and that Capela will get a max from elsewhere with the Houston Rockets quantifying on whether or not they'll match the offer.

Exactly what level James can produce in the final is uncertain after playing 100 games in the season and playoffs combined since late October.

"They were devastated. we thought we were so close", D'Antoni said.

He played two and a half seasons in Salt Lake City from 2007-10 and now averages 9.8 points as Cleveland's third-leading scorer. "I had loved him at Arizona and was hoping that he slid to us with that pick".