LeBron James vs Kevin Durant highlights key matchups in NBA Finals

  • LeBron James vs Kevin Durant highlights key matchups in NBA Finals

LeBron James vs Kevin Durant highlights key matchups in NBA Finals

OAKLAND J.R. Smiths blunder, a disputed replay overturn and a key missed free throw dealt the Cleveland Cavaliers an emotionally crushing loss in an opener of the NBA Finals that was ripe to be taken away from the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors spurned to let their succession wrap up on Friday night, outscoring the Rockets at their home court Oracle Arena in a must-win Game 6 matchup during their Western Conference Finals.

Stop me if you've heard this one: The Golden State Warriors will play the Cleveland Cavaliers in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.

Iguodala, a 34-year-old swingman who was the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in Golden State's 2015 championship campaign and a key reserve in last season's 16-1 playoff run to the crown.

"So if you are to have any chance of beating them at all, you have to make sure that defensively you're one accord". Rest assured that the Rockets' understandably devastated Chris Paul - who made a fast exit from Toyota Center late Monday night after being forced to watch the biggest game of his life from the bench because of his hamstring injury - has already begun his recruitment of James to Houston. "But I could put the greatest team together in the world, and (the Rockets) become unhealthy and somebody else is healthy, and we lose".

"There's no pressure. It's an opportunity, an opportunity that we all are excited to be a part of", he said.

Saavedra: It would be good for the National Basketball Association if we had some other teams in the conversation.

Lue expects a big bounce-back performance in Game 2.

"I just don't think Cleveland has the firepower to win shootuts", said Van Gundy.

James shot 19 for 32 to go with eight assists and eight rebounds in the opener of his eighth straight NBA Finals and ninth overall, as well as Cavs-Warriors Take IV.

Needing not only all their firepower but also 27 straight misses by the Rockets during an epic cold streak from 3-point range, the Warriors rallied to keep alive their hopes for a repeat.

"It's two great teams, the best teams going against each other", Iguodala said. "The pace was really fast, and I thought the one positive of Houston getting off to that start that they did was the pace was high". He's fifth all time in the playoffs with a 28.75 ppg average; LeBron is fourth at 28.83. "Then once we get in the trenches, I'll be happy with whoever we've got".

For a Game 7 road victory that featured a double-digit second half comeback, the game was fairly anticlimactic.

As in their first three meetings, the Warriors are installed the heavy favorites to win again this year on the strength their loaded roster with four all-stars - Curry, Durant, himself a former MVP, last seasons best defense man Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.