Kerr 'not ready' to return to Warriors sideline

The website fivethirtyeight.com, which analyzes sports leagues and political races, gives the Cavs between a 10 percent (using advanced algorithms) and 13 percent (simple algorithms) chance to win the title. The 2016 champions versus the 2015 champions. These two teams are both so closely matched that making Cleveland +200 seems like a bit too much.

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. The Spurs go on to beat the Heat, four games to one. "I always like to stay even-keeled and just play the game the right way". "Wednesday, we'll get some shooting in and go over a couple things if we can".

Cleveland-Golden State 3.0 is the matchup fans worldwide expected and wanted, and James believes they're in for quite a show. But after piling up an NBA-record 73 wins, the Warriors became the first team to blow a 3-1 Finals lead, thanks, in part, to Green's ill-advised suspension.

1959-1966 - Boston wins the NBA Finals Championship for eight consecutive years.

He didn't make the All-Star team this year and is not yet being mentioned with the all-time greats, but consider this: by general consensus, ball handling today has evolved far beyond what it used to be. So you have to appreciate it. ... He filled in addressing the media Monday when acting coach Mike Brown was out with the flu.

When Kevin Durant takes the floor for the Warriors at Oracle Arena on Thursday, it will have been five seasons since he took the court in an NBA Finals game. But there's also a clear respect level between the clubs as well. That starting five had included Jordan, Duncan, Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar and Bird until the past two seasons, but in returning to Cleveland and delivering that city a long-awaited title a year ago, James took his legacy to another level.

"He's one of the most risky guys we have in the world already". At this point, it honestly looks like they are in the midst of a best of seven of best of sevens!

For James, the Finals are an annual rite. It appeared the Durant-Westbrook coronation would finally take place. James considers the Boston Celtics with Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and coach Doc Rivers, who ousted him in the East semifinals in 2008 and 2010, on par with the 2017 Warriors. Durant better hope he doesn't replicate what James did in the 2011 Finals, or else he'll be the new laughing-stock of the league.

"Hopefully", James said that night, "I don't continue to have to run into him". The Thunder were young, they were loaded with talent, they would be back again.

Durant left Oklahoma City previous year as a free agent and signed with Golden State.

"It's a little different, definitely". Another major reason, as I've written before, is the collaborative, horizontally structured system that Kerr has nurtured in Oakland.

They have already made it through the Western Conference at 12-0. "You know kind of their style and familiar with that".

The storylines are many.

Will LeBron James ever catch up to Jordan's titles? Insane as it sounds considering they've been the most dominant team in the National Basketball Association over the past three seasons, this Warriors group - led by Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson - aren't just healthy. How will Golden State guard Kyrie Irving? "I think this move, and the criticism that comes with this move, has made me zero in on what's the most important thing, and that's just playing basketball, working out every day, getting better, enjoying every single day as a basketball player".

The biggest task awaits.