LeBron James denies that there is an ongoing rivalry between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. Both teams are set to face for the second time this season on Monday night at the Oracle Arena.
The 2015 NBA Finals marked the start of the rivalry between the Cavaliers and the Warriors. Upon the return of LeBron James in Cleveland, they managed to make back-to-back finals appearances. In 2016, they managed to win their first NBA championship titles after overcoming a 3-1 deficit.
The Cavaliers and the Warriors remain as the top favorites to dominate the Eastern and Western Conference, respectively. In their first matchup this season, the Cavaliers won after the Warriors blew a big lead. With 13.5 seconds remaining, Kyrie Irving held the ball and hit the game-winning shot, a scenario similar to the Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.
The Warriors eye to avenge their recent loss whey they faced the Cavaliers on Monday. Kevin Durant, who joined the Warriors in the recent free agency, revealed that he feels a different atmosphere when both teams shared the court. The 28-year-old small forward also said that the Cavaliers and Warriors can be classified as a rivalry.
“I’m new here,” Durant said, “but for the most part the guys in the last two Finals have been playing against each other for a while. From Steph (Curry) to LeBron (James), to Klay (Thompson) to (Iman) Shumpert, to JR Smith and Kyrie . . . and Draymond, it’s a group of players that are familiar with each other.
“It’s good for our game. It’s good for competition and it should be fun.”
LEBRON JAMES DOESN’T SEE THE WARRIORS AS THEIR RIVAL
LeBron James shared different views with KD regarding the Warriors and the Cavaliers. “The King” claimed that he doesn’t see an ongoing rivalry between the two teams.
“I don’t know,” James said. “I don’t think we have a rival in our game today. We’ve had two great Finals appearances last two years. But I had the same with the Spurs when I was in Miami. I think I played those guys more. I wouldn’t look at it as rivals.”
James seemed to be sincere with his statement, but their past actions say otherwise. They celebrated the Halloween with “RIP Steph Curry” tombstone cookies and with a skeleton playing drum kit decorated with “3-1 lead”. In their upcoming game, the Warriors will surely not repeat the same mistake and expected to give the Cavaliers a tougher battle.
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