Kevin Love enters the NBA Finals playing his best basketball

The biggest question concerning Love leading into Game 1 Thursday night is the fact that, although he is now playing the best he has every played as a Cavalier, how will he fare against the Finals against Warriors?

A slight decline in price this year was expected, given last year's NBA Finals featured a record-setting 73-win Warriors team and the possibility of LeBron James' first NBA title win as a member of the Cavaliers. He has struggled with his shot during the postseason, going 3 for 27 from 3-point range - and don't think the Cavaliers won't force him to keep gunning during the NBA Finals until he can prove he again can make them. That Lakers team, which included current Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of The Finals before sweeping the next four games to earn an National Basketball Association championship and finish with the best single-season playoff winning percentage in league history (.938, 15-1). This will be James's seventh in a row and eighth overall, but he is only 3-4 in finals.

Van Gundy, who will broadcast his 11th NBA Finals for ABC, agrees with the Las Vegas oddsmakers the Warriors should be "prohibitive favorites" to beat the Cavaliers in their trilogy showdown that starts Thursday. Now-after dropping last year's NBA Finals in seven games-the team is even more loaded thanks to the addition of forward Kevin Durant.

There's no win here for him in the NBA Finals, unfortunately. While Cleveland is a little healthier, Golden State picked up one of the best players in the world during the off season by signing Kevin Durant.

LeBron James had not won an NBA title when he and Kevin Durant first collided in an NBA Finals.

"We could be a lot better than we were tonight but in the Finals you get a 'W, ' we'll take it", Durant said. "Right now it's just time you have to block out everything". Durant is averaging 25.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in this postseason.

Love's dominant play last series is what the Cavs have been hoping he would do when they brought him to Cleveland prior to the 2014 season.

Yes, Golden State is going to win this series.

Barnes wasn't exactly a neutral observer past year, having grown up in Northern California and having played with the Warriors before their recent run of dominance. "Even though I wasn't here the last couple years, talking and hearing the stories and watching the film kind of transfers me and I feel like I've been part of this team". James won his first title in 2012 with Miami in a five-game series over Durant and the Thunder.

"But while we love great competition between great teams we don't want the rest of the season to be a foregone conclusion, particularly at the prices the National Basketball Association charges for tickets".

As risky a scorer as he is from outside or driving to the hoop, James also threatens by being able to find teammates such as Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love with passes when defenders focus too much on him.

Throughout June, the winners of the West and East conferences will face each other in a series of up to seven games to win the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy and the Championship Ring. With A-list stars on both sides, and with legacies on the line in a variety of ways, these Finals have the potential to be a spectacle the likes of which we have never seen.

"We're excited", Durant said.

Stephen Curry started the game wearing a sleeve over his elbow, then got rid of it quickly - and made two 3-pointers late in the quarter, including one officially from 31 feet that looked much deeper. Facing two top-10 offensive teams in the semifinals and conference finals, Cleveland allowed more than 105 points just once.