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"So, it's going to be very challenging not only on me mentally, but on our ballclub and on our franchise". Durant told USA Today Sports in a wide-ranging article published Friday. Like, am I the reason that they're not that good? That's what separates this Warriors-Cavaliers Finals; one team hailing from the east and the other one from the west, the victor takes home the trophy.

It was certainly a fun season for the Celtics, one that was much-appreciated from their fans.

Brown acknowledged he can not recall any other details such as how many shots each man made, saying: "I don't even remember, that was back when I was in shape and a good shooter. I couldn't have made everybody (else) in the West better".

As the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors prepare for their third consecutive NBA Finals meeting, one can't assume a fourth will occur, meaning the result of this rubber match could be how historical conclusions are drawn, specifically for LeBron James. The Warriors are strong favorites, according to Las Vegas bookmakers.

However, awaiting them in the Finals is a rested Golden State Warriors squad that didn't lose a single game in the first three rounds.

Boston's overachieving during the regular season was a welcome sign, but after a pair of first-round exits the last two seasons, the success and failure of the team hinged on how the Celtics fared in the playoffs. "If not, then we'll wait until next summer and then we'll see where we go".

"It's one of those things I have no control over, it is what it is", said Brown, filling in for the ailing Steve Kerr. I know we can play better.

"It made me really appreciate that. It means that I've got to go straight to work tomorrow, but I'm looking forward to watching these prospects".

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One of Durant's star teammates, Stephen Curry, called it "disrespectful" to criticize the Finals matchup and the overall talent in the National Basketball Association. They won the championship three of the four seasons he played.

"For my name to come up in the discussion with the greatest basketball player of all time, it's like, 'Wow, '" he added. Every night was hard. The newspaper site has a full chart of MVP odds from William Hill if you want more.

Jordan has had a slightly tougher road because of a more brutal Eastern Conference in the 1990s, but James' matchups in The Finals explain why he is just 3-4 and still chasing Jordan's six rings. Not the way we wanted to finish, but we came a long ways from the beginning of the year, came together.

"I think sometimes teams make false assumptions of their team based on things like that". But then when you look at a situation, most people have never reached greatness. And so, I think maybe there's just a lack of appreciation for greatness.

"He's a competitor. When you're a competitor, you want the best and vice versa". "Drawing two defenders and no matter if you win or lose, if you make the right play, it's OK".

The Cavaliers are being given little chance to defend their title against the vaunted Warriors, who have been winning by an average of 16.3 points per game in the playoffs. The story lines are plenty, including a few fresh ones, such as acting Golden State coach Mike Brown going against the team he coached not once but twice.

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