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NBA Finals 2017: Draymond Green says KD, LBJ fighting for NBA title not best-player label

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers
PHOTOGRAPH: Keith Allison/Flickr | LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has a huge respect for LeBron James and Kevin Durant, especially with how they are playing in the NBA Finals 2017. Green believes that both superstars are competing for an NBA title and not for the title as the best player in the world.

“LeBron is a great player, but KD is great,” Green said. “I think KD is like a created player. If you create this player and you can do everything you want to do, you are probably going to create Kevin Durant. So, he’s special. Both of those guys are special. I don’t think either is out here playing for the title of best player in the world. They are playing for a title. An NBA title.”

NBA Finals 2017: LeBron James vs Kevin Durant

The NBA Finals 2017 features an exciting matchup between LeBron James and Kevin Durant. It was the second time that both superstars faced each other in the Finals. Recalling in 2012, James’ Miami Heat defeated KD’s Oklahoma City Thunder. As of now, Durant is only two wins away from avenging his Finals loss to James as the Warriors lead the series, 2-0.

The arrival of Durant undeniably made the Warriors a better team on both ends of the floor. In his first two Finals game as a Warrior, he’s averaging 35.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.5 blocks. He also shot 56 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. James remains productive in the series averaging 28.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 11.0 assists and 1.5 blocks.

However, when both of them defend each other, the Warriors clearly hold the upper hand. Per Chris Haynes of ESPN, when James guards Durant, the Warriors star scored 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting and only committed one turnover. When Durant defends James, the Cavs star only posted 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting and had six turnovers.

To add to the Cavaliers’ frustration, two of their starters, Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith, were almost nonexistent in the first two games. If nothing is done, Durant may end up winning his first NBA championship title easily while the Warriors make history with a 16-0 postseason record. However, knowing James and the Cavaliers, they will surely not let the Warriors dethrone them without giving a tough fight.

NBA Finals 2017 Game 3: Cavs at home

As the series shift to Cleveland, the Cavaliers should make a huge adjustment to stop the Warriors’ dominance. Coach Tyronn Lue said that defense will be the key to their Game 3 victory. Game 3 of the NBA Finals 2017 between the Warriors and the Cavaliers will be on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

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