Barber: Comparing Warriors-Cavs III to other great rivalries

Thus began a 12-year odyssey that now has him as assistant head coach of Golden State as the Warriors face the Cavs in the NBA Finals for a third straight year. But the fact that Cleveland has done this before, with really the same cast, and that LeBron James has so much to gain, means this great series will come down to one game, really one drive, as it did a year ago.

The Warriors scored the first 13 points of the third quarter as the Cavs committed four more turnovers before James finally scored for the Cavs, ending their drought with a 3-pointer at 7:52.

"It's a little different, definitely".

It sucks, but this is how the reaction will go if Kevin Durant and the Warriors lose the NBA Finals: Durant is a chemistry killer! We have a bigger goal in mind.

Think about that one bully in school that you inexplicably got away from once while embarrassing him in front of the whole playground. Curry certainly didn't need a 10-day layoff before the start of the finals, having averaged 31.5 points on just 19.5 shots per game against the San Antonio Spurs. "So every moment is definitely important and you want to embrace it and enjoy it".

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Durant's move to Golden State, who won the 2015 title and had a record-setting 73-win campaign the next season before losing the decisive game of the Finals, created a super team that also features two-time reigning league MVP Stephen Curry.

"They're going to challenge us offensively, defensively, mentally, physically".

The Warriors are 12-0 in the playoffs and have won 27 of their last 28 overall. The guy who brought Cleveland all the way back from a 3-1 deficit in the 2016 NBA Finals would never let that happen.

"Not if we're in the finals, nah, not at all", Curry told Aldridge. Everything just kind of keeps getting back to where it once was. We just wanted to build good habits and have fun playing some basketball. We've both added pieces that have helped our offensive packages and defensive packages be even more scary and obviously you can see that. "But we can play better".

Durant had six dunks in the first half alone to match his most ever in a game, Curry hit six 3-pointers and the Cavaliers looked like the team that stumbled down the stretch in the second half of the season.

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In case you couldn't tell from the 4,000 previews on the Internet this week, the NBA Finals are nearly here. To win it would be even better.

The Warriors rolled through the playoffs with few hiccups and made it to the Finals. The Pacers and Celtics both pulled that off, with Boston gutting out a win.

"It sets the tone for the rest of the series, so we're going to have to come out and be ready", Cavs forward Kevin Love said. No one remembers second place. Durant has been terrific in his first postseason with the Warriors, averaging 25.2 points on 55.6 percent shooting.

"When Steph and Klay have a bad game, which is not very often, then you can give the ball to Durant and he can go get his own basket and his own shot", Lue said.

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