NBA Stephen Curry on Winning NBA Finals MVP: 'Who Cares'

Rockets guard James Harden

Rockets guard James Harden

As the Cleveland Cavaliers prepare for the for a fourth straight NBA Finals showdown with the Golden State Warriors, one of the most significant plot points is about a man who isn't there. The Cavaliers plan will obviously be similar to the Rockets, whether they can pull it off is another thing entirely. "If we win this championship and I don't win Finals MVP, I'm going to be smiling just as wide and just as big".

"Even though I haven't been playing, just working extremely hard just in case I get an opportunity", Hood said during Wednesday's practice. In fact, the Akron Hammer has posted seven 40-point games in these playoffs, including three against the Celtics.

The Rockets had success shrinking the floor, switching everything, and defending the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, but the Cavaliers do not have the same personnel to make that defense work. But this one, by most objective measures, one of LeBron's weakest finals teams, winning a mere 50 games with a point differential a hair under one point per game. For a variety of reasons, Curry has seemingly never gotten his due as one of the league's most game-changing forces. By the end of the third quarter, the Warriors led, 84-77. Steph's three-point abilities stretch defenses like never before, and his activity off the ball makes Golden State almost impossible to guard for a full 24 seconds-that is, when the Warriors are committed to playing their style of basketball.

Love was placed in the NBA's concussion protocol and the All-Star forward missed Sunday's series finale of the Eastern Conference finals. If James and the Cavaliers win Game 1, you know, the interest is going to skyrocket because they are going to have done what very few except for them, maybe, think they can do, which is win at Golden State.

"We've been watching a little bit of film, trying to figure out how the other guys fit in around him and where some of their tendencies are". "Once he gives it up, try not to let him get it back". So I definitely want to make an impact, but we'll see how that goes. He's taller, he's a better defender, and his offensive game is more well-rounded. They beat the Cavaliers both times they met in the 2017-18 regular season - 99-92 on Christmas Day in Oakland and 118-108 at Quicken Loans Arena on Martin Luther King Day.

The Cavaliers lasted just five games against the Warriors in last year's Finals, and that was with Kyrie averaging 29.4 points and shooting 41.9 percent on 3-pointers in the series.

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