Cavs repeat, Warriors dynasty at stake

The Cavaliers are the defending champions; the Warriors had the league's best regular-season record and have strung together 12 straight playoff victories. Cleveland's LeBron James is the NBA's version of the Hulk because when he's on, he's a monster to stop.

LeBron James and the Cavaliers will head into Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Warriors as seven point underdogs according to OddsShark.com.

Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif.

Bohls: Yes. The Warriors were scared stiff as they went down by 23 points against the Spurs at home in Game 1 of the West finals.

The one question mark, though, is do the Warriors get Kevin Durant in free agency if they win in 2016, as opposed to 2015? Thompson's field goal percentage and field goal attempts per game have dropped since the postseason began and only time will tell if this trend will carry over to the NBA Finals. Golden State is 12-0 heading into the 2017 NBA Finals, but only posted a 12-5 record last season before reaching the 2016 NBA Finals. It was the first time in National Basketball Association history that a finals rematch resulted in a sweep. His suspension in Game 5 provided an opening for Cleveland which the Cavs gladly went through and kept on going. Still, I like Golden State's mix of bench players: shot blocker JaVale McGee, sharpshooter Ian Clark and defensive specialist Andre Iguodala.

On the eve of Game 1 of the NBA Finals rubber match between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, the Cavs have made a decision to unveil a couple of new logos for the 2018 season.

Kevin Love had a big moment in Game 7 past year when he shut down Stephen Curry on the Warriors' final possession, but overall in the series he was pretty ineffective.

"I'll be focused tomorrow on the game, on all the games", James said.

"I think that the foundation that's he's laid on that team and influence he's had on that team, stays with them", says Cleveland's Shumpert.

The Cavs are 7-0 on the road in the 2017 playoffs and have worn blue in each game. LeBron, as mentioned before, score 41 points in the next game, per Fox Sports. James won his first title in 2012 with Miami in a five-game series over Durant and the Thunder. So I'm going to split the difference.

"I've been in the NBA a long time and he's got to be probably top three, definitely top five, in terms of guys that I've been around that have a feel and that are intelligent when it comes to knowing the game of basketball, especially at this level". We need a seven-game thriller with a couple of buzzer beaters and maybe some Draymond drama.

Pachulia passed up a chance at bigger money to have a chance for a title when he signed with Golden State last summer for $2.9 million.

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 past year, including the series-clinching 3-pointer. Warriors players talk about gaining confidence in Brown - his game management, his substitution patterns. A young James was still an unpolished player, and his shooting woes made it easy to limit him and his wide-eyed teammates. There was Golden State winning its first title since 1975 when the Warriors bested a short-handed Cavaliers squad missing Irving and Kevin Love on Cleveland's home court in 2015.

Further evidence is the more robust ticket market for the NBA Finals than the previous two years.

Green was specifically asked about the impact of trash-talking after being asked about the task of neutralizing Love, who has had a fabulous postseason, averaging 17.2 points and 10.4 rebounds, while shooting 47.5 percent from 3-point range. Because of my respect for LeBron James, I will say this series goes 6, but the Warriors get their revenge. "Cleveland fired me twice, this is a time to get back at 'em. extra incentive. It's been working up to this point, so I can't change what I'm doing".

We couldn't have been more wrong: the 2010 loss to the Celtics was the last time James lost a playoff series in the Eastern Conference.