Mike Brown expects to coach Warriors in Game 1

  • Mike Brown expects to coach Warriors in Game 1

Mike Brown expects to coach Warriors in Game 1

Three of the players on the court - LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant - have combined to win seven MVP trophies, including the five leading into this season.

With the Warriors at full health from a playing personnel perspective, to have a full strength coaching staff would further increase their chances to win their second NBA Championship in three years. LeBron James may be the best and most valuable player on the Cavs, but Irving is the most clutch.

Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant prepares to shoot during practice on Wednesday in Oakland, Calif.

And then there's Durant, who left Oklahoma City in the offseason to join the Warriors - the team that prevented the Thunder from getting to the NBA Finals last season.

"They are a strong team and they are playing well". "But I think we got a great group of guys, headlined by one of the best guys to ever do it".

While short "prove it" contracts are a awful idea for middling players, short contracts for players like James and Durant function entirely differently.

After a month and a half of lopsided series and unenjoyable postseason basketball, the NBA Finals will finally tip off Thursday night.

Now, with the addition of a former MVP in Kevin Durant, the pressure on the Warriors to win a title is perhaps more suffocating this season than last, especially after blowing a 3-1 lead.

One of the few things that hasn't gone right for Golden State this postseason has been Klay Thompson's shooting.

I am glad that we enter this series with both teams at full strength, minus Head Coach Steve Kerr of course. Tristan Thompson will own the paint, it is the perimeter that will give the Cavs fits, as the Warriors will most likely run the pick and roll offense through Curry and Durant. They have lapses and you will not get away with that against the Warriors.

Some of the trends suggest that the Cavs will cover in tonight's game.

All in all I think this series is really close.

Kyrie Irving has also reached a higher plane these playoffs, even after last season's remarkable performance late in the series to help the Cavs rally from a 3-1 deficit.

Anything less than a maiden National Basketball Association championship this year for Durant, a former MVP himself, would be a massive disappointment but the eight-times All-Star is not allowing himself to get caught up in the big picture.

For the first time in history, the same two teams will battle in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive summer.

But when all is said and done, I honestly believe the Warriors are the better team.

In the real world, the Cavs completed an epic comeback previous year to stun the Warriors and claim the NBA Finals title. While Cleveland continued to add depth to its championship winning squad, Kevin Love's emergence this season has also been huge for the Cavs this season.