LeBron James says has beaten stacked teams like Warriors before

The Golden State Warriors responded to their Game 7 loss to James and the Cavs in 2016 by adding Kevin Durant to their team and although they didn't equal their record-setting 73-win regular season this year, they blew through the Western Conference and are a flawless 12-0 entering this year's Finals.

11 - The two teams feature a combined 11 players who have been named All-Stars, the most in a Finals series since the 1983 matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers. Which side has the edge heading in to this year's NBA Finals showdown?

The Warriors are using Durant in every imaginable way on offense, and James isn't surprised to see his good friend and Olympic teammate more mobile than he was with the Thunder.

8 - This year will mark the eighth time that the team of Mike Breen, Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy and Doris Burke has called a Finals together. However, the Cavaliers deserve a ton of credit for how they have improved from beyond the arc.

Three years ago the NBA's Final 4 (Thunder, Pacers, Spurs and Heat) all finished in the Top 10 in the National Basketball Association during the regular season in either points allowed or field goal shooting defense.

POWER FORWARD: Draymond Green vs. Kevin Love. The numbers don't lie. He's shooting 47.5 percent from three-point range in these playoffs, a mark that is probably unsustainable. The Warriors are averaging 12.3 cut possessions per game in the postseason as they have absolutely diced opponents up with their ability to get to the rim. If a gun is put to my head, I would pick the Warriors in five games.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook installed Golden State as a minus-260 favourite, with Cleveland at plus-220, meaning a $100 bet on the Warriors would win $38.46 and the same bet on the Cavaliers would win $220, according to ESPN. Perhaps more vital, however, is what Thompson can do on the offensive glass.

Golden State owner Peter Guber, who walked Riley to his sports vehicle, told Riley, "Don't answer that question".

The biggest concern for Cleveland might very well be the number of easy looks they give opponents. The 14-time All-Star and 2-time Olympic gold medalist is often heralded as the greatest basketball player of all time. "You've just got to try and make it tough on them", Durant said. None of those teams are the Warriors. Obviously, I've played against four Hall of Famers as well too, with Manu (Ginobili), Kawhi (Leonard), Tony (Parker) and Timmy D (Tim Duncan) on the same team. Going to Future concerts with J.R. Smith and other members of the Cavs, rapping his ass off without a care in the world. "But these days in between, getting ready for the series, it's natural to go look at last year's film and other things that worked that could possibly work this year".

The 2017 NBA Finals will be a star-studded affair, and there is no question that the big names will have to perform if they want to lead their teams to an NBA title. One is the fact Golden State has been playing better defense this postseason than Cleveland. They'll do their talking, if they can, when the ball goes up in the air.

"This is a high powered team.it's going to be very challenging not only on me mentally but on our ballclub and on our franchise".

We've lauded the Warriors' offensive prowess and home-field advantage, but here's the thing: Scoring 114 points in a Finals game is hard.