Defending champion Golden State Warriors is feeling the pressure when they face the Cleveland Cavaliers at the start of the 2016 NBA Finals tomorrow with Game 1. As early as now, the numbers are favoring the Warriors as a majority of the experts pick them to win the best-of-seven series.
Based on a report from ESPN, many of the league experts pick the Warriors to win the series in seven games. 11 of them favors the Warriors to retain their title this season while eight of them gave the Warriors until Game 6 to win it all as one only voted to see the team lifting the Larry O’Brien Trophy in five games.
The Cavaliers are considered the underdog in the series as only six believes they can take home the title with four saying that LeBron James and crew could win it in six games while two voted for them to parade the trophy in seven games.
But Warriors’ ace player and two-time MVP Stephen Curry stated that they are not in the Finals to take James’ throne or be the face of the league. He added that they are in the Finals to capture championship trophies and rings.
"I'm not playing to be the face of the NBA or takes LeBron's throne. I'm just trying to win rings," Stephen Curry.
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“I’m not playing to be the face of the NBA or takes [sic] LeBron’s throne. I’m just trying to win rings. I’m here to chase rings … that’s where it stops for me,” Curry said.
Curry further emphasized that his goal is not to surpass James individually.
“I’m not in the business of ranking or debating who is what. At the end of the day it’s about winning, and the fact that we won a championship last year and were the last team standing, obviously, is what was most important to me,” Curry explained.
Curry: "I'm here to chase rings … That's where it stops for me."
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Curry further stated that they are now a better team as compared to their finals meeting last year. Curry added that they are not worried that the Cavaliers’ roster is healthy and ready to tangle with them. Curry said he has just one preference, and that’s to win his second title.
“Us being back here against the Cavs again, there is obviously storylines and whatnot that as a basketball fan are pretty cool when you have two teams fighting for the same trophy once again and trying to play at a very high level to help our team get there,” he said. “At the end of the day, that’s all I’m worried about.”
At the end of the day, Curry and the Warriors are pumped up to face James and the Cavaliers to determine which team will be the last team standing this season.
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