'Hate Is Living Every Day,' LeBron James Says After Racist Graffiti Incident

Solenn Plantier
Juin 2, 2017

And, last year, the Warriors registered the highest ever regular season win record with 73 victories, but went on to lose 4-3 - after leading 3-1 - to a LeBron James-inspired Cavaliers.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS: Golden State hasn't lived down the memory of blowing a 3-1 lead in last season's finals, the turning point being a one-game suspension handed to Green after a flagrant foul for kicking James in the groin during Game 4.

"It was the first I've seen of him, and I was real impressed", Sacramento center Vlade Divac said.

"It feels a little surreal", Brown said. "Our fans definitely feel that way".

The Cavaliers will defend its championship if Lebron and Kyrie Irving keep up their tandem work at the same pace as they had in the second half of Game 4 against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

"Obviously not really dealing with any bumps or bruises really besides this elbow, that's not really a factor", Curry said.

Total viewership for the 2017 playoffs is up over a year ago, despite a high number of blowouts and predictable outcomes - particularly in the Western Conference, where Golden State swept through its bracket with 16 consecutive wins and no losses.

"We know some of their tendencies and just have a better familiarity with how we're going to be successful against them".

Thompson has been stellar on the defensive end even when his shot has been off and will likely be counted on at times to slow down Irving, who scored 98 points in the final three games previous year, including the series-clinching 3-pointer. You can't hold on to it.

The Warriors' rhythmic motion offence, with every player offering screens or cuts allowing their All Stars to score at will, has befuddled the best of defences, and it will take a strong effort from the Cavaliers to contain them.

James bought the house in 2015 for more than $20 million.

"These are the two best teams and if you were on one of these two teams you were hopeful that you'd be here at the end", Korver said Wednesday, a day before the teams meet for the third straight Finals.

"They're going to challenge us offensively, defensively, mentally, physically. We have four wins left, we have to do whatever we can to get them".

The Warriors are off to the best start in National Basketball Association playoff history at 12-0, but they had won a record 73 regular season games last season and felt empty when they couldn't win the title.

But mindful of how the Cavaliers and Warriors went a combined 24-1 in the playoffs before colliding in The Finals, Silver says "we should also celebrate excellence".

And familiarity has most assuredly bred contempt as well as respect on both sides. Make him do some things that maybe he don't want to do.

Warriors forward Draymond Green shrugged off any redemption notion, saying the desire to become a dynasty matters more than revenge.

The three-time combatants have split their two-game series this year - with the Wine & Gold winning a Christmas Day thriller, rallying from two TDs down in a classic at The Q before being trounced in Oakland, wrapping up a West Coast roadie on MLK Day. "I think the world has been waiting for this to finally get here".

"When you're chasing greatness, that's the expectation". This is all the motivation that James will need to be at his best, lending hope to the Cavaliers' faithful. Love's play against the Boston bigs had LeBron James reflecting on Love's Minnesota days, a time when the All-Star power forward was the focal point of the offense and one of the league's most unique weapons.

"I think Mike Brown stepping in and doing what he's done is unbelievable", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Wednesday on the eve of the start of the NBA Finals.

"We understand the intensity this will be at emotionally". "But the quicker you settle into your surroundings, the better you'll be". "You're boundless. Your potential is endless and we believe in you, so go out there and play like it.' So that was just a journey that we all had to endure, and we're still continuing that".

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