Warriors star Steph Curry makes LeBron James Cavs claim before Game 1

Golden State comes back against Houston and becomes LeBron's rival at NBA Finals

‘Everybody doubted us’: Cavaliers, Warriors fought through thorny seasons to set up fourth straight meeting in Finals

Golden State also opened as 12-point favorites over Cleveland for Thursday night's Game 1.

That said, there are still plenty of reasons to watch the NBA Finals! Kevin Durant won the award previous year and Iguodala won it in 2015, but before anyone gets too far down that road, it would be wise to remember that LeBron James won it in 2016 as his team upset the heavily-favored Warriors, who had gotten off to a 3-1 start in the series. Durant is working with Alaska Airlines to develop programs and support groups for at-risk youth in the Bay Area, according to the airline.

"The Spurs were going underneath on every screen just daring him to shoot", Kerr said.

"Our talent took over", Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters after winning the Western Conference finals.

"But at the same time, I think even though with these two teams, it seems like we have seen that movie before". Houston lost the last two games when their star player, Chris Paul, injured a hamstring.

Once the Warriors get the ball into their offensive end of the court, the task of defending Steph Curry will fall on Cavaliers point guard George Hill most of the time. "My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I'm from". Pluto says that should make Golden State more vulnerable.

Had the Celtics stuck to their simple passing game and allowed their talented though inexperienced youngsters to exploit the openings and wear out the Clevelanders, they'd still have games to play this season. Likewise, Kyrie Irving might be correct in asserting that Cleveland would've beat the Warriors in 2015 if not for injuries to himself and Kevin Love. The Cavaliers are a massive +650 underdog to win the series, a stark contrast to Golden State, which boasts an incredible -1,000 odds of repeating again in 2018 as champions. No one else has been a bigger favorite in the first game of the Finals since 1991, according to CBS Sports. It's safe to expect James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant to be spectacular in this series. We want everybody playing. The Warriors might not even be here without Thompson's clutch performance in Game 6 of the West finals against Houston.

"For me as a competitor, it's fun", James said. The logos on the floor are different.

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