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Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 1, 2017

Remember when rest was all the rage?

Golden State has four great players (Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson) to Cleveland's two (LeBron, Kyrie Irving).

For pure star power, these NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cavaliers are like a front row at the Academy Awards.

By the time Game 1 of the NBA Finals finally tips off Thursday night - and I mean finally - 10 days will have passed since the Warriors last battled on May 22.

There were still some solid moments on the way there - seven-time Joe Johnson experienced a renaissance, Playoff Giannis Antetokounmpo announced himself, Russell Westbrook and James Harden had a classic duel in the first round, the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics exchanged funeral calls in a strong second-round series. In Games 5, 6 and 7, he shot a combined 5-for-32 from the field (3-for-15 from three-point range) despite repeatedly being left wide open. The Cavaliers are scheduled to face off on Thursday against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, California.

To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. "We both know that". Game 1 is on June 1. And except for Utah, the Bulls lacked a rival.The healthy respect and contempt teams develop for a finals' opponent they regularly see was missing.

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?

James is 1-1 in the two NBA Finals series his team entered as the favorite - he and the Heat lost in the 2011 Finals against the Mavericks, and he won with Miami in the 2013 Finals against the Spurs.

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.

Korver, in the top five among all-time NBA regular season 3-point shotmakers, is one of only two active NBA players from the second round of the NBA Draft, the other being Golden State's Pachulia.

This isn't about hating on the National Basketball Association. It's a very unique situation, a very hard situation for me personally and for Bob and (Warriors majority owner) Joe (Lacob).

Should it all happen, LeBron would follow in the footsteps of Michael Jordan as National Basketball Association players-turned-owners. While much has been made of Curry being healthier during these playoffs than he was a year ago when an ankle and then a knee injury hobbled him, Durant doesn't recall Curry being too hobbled when his Warriors beat Durant and Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. Cavaliers vs. Warriors. Warriors vs. Cavaliers.

If the Cleveland Cavaliers want to win back-to-back championships and beat the Golden State Warriors in two-consecutive Finals, the wine and gold will likely have to play close to flawless basketball for (at least) four games to do so. "You've just got to try and make it tough on them", Durant said.

Sometimes it feels like that's all the National Basketball Association does.

I can't wait for these Finals.

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