The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are set to clash again for the NBA championship title and it is expected to be a more intense series than the last year’s NBA Finals. It is still fresh on everyone’s mind how the Warriors defeated the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals 2015. However, things will be different this time as the Cavaliers will be playing with all their ‘Big Three’ healthy and injury-free.
According to ESPN, Westgate Las Vegas Superbook stated that the Golden State is a 5.5-point favorite to win Thursday’s Game 1 (9 p.m. ET, ABC) and approximately a 2-to-1 favorite to capture the championship. However, James said that it does not mean anything with their matchup against the Warriors.
“Not my concern,” James said Tuesday, speaking to the media for the first time since the Cavs’ Finals rematch with Golden State was set. “I don’t get involved in all of that — underdog, overdog, whatever the case may be. It’s stupidity.”
LeBron James seemed to be more confident in this year’s NBA Finals than last year when they got beaten by the Golden State Warriors. The Cleveland Cavaliers were forced to play without Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving who both suffered from injury. LeBron James tried his best to give the Cavaliers their first NBA championship title but failed after being prevented by last year’s Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala.
Given another chance to grab the championship title, James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to be more competitive in order to get their revenge against the Golden State Warriors.
“I wouldn’t say revenge,” Lue said. “I just think both teams are happy and excited to make it to the Finals. It’s a big thing, and I just think that we have a different team than we had last year. Organization-wise, it’s the same two teams, but playing-wise and players-wise, we’re a different team. Kevin [Love]and Kyrie [Irving] are both healthy, the addition of Channing Frye, we’re a completely different team than we were last year.”
On the other hand, Warriors coach Steve Kerr warned Draymond Green to be more cautious with his actions as the NBA Finals referees are expected to make stricter calls. Green has been involved in different incidents where he was frequently called for flagrant fouls. It would be a big problem for the Golden State Warriors if he will miss a game in the NBA Finals since his presence is very important for the team’s offense and defense.
“Draymond is going to have to be very careful,” Kerr said. “He’s got to understand the circumstances, which he does.”
Game 1 of the NBA Finals 2016 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will be on Thursday 9 p.m. at the Oracle Arena.
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