Have we seen too much of the best NBA Finals matchup?

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Cleveland and Golden State will meet in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year, and this time around LeBron James is a massive underdog.

And why not? Both these teams were pushed to their limits in seven-game conference finals they each had to win on the road.

James drove past Curry for a three-point play with 50 seconds remaining in the fourth. James now has a slight edge, with his 28.83 points per game placing him fourth and slightly ahead of Durant, who has averaged 28.75.

George Hill went to the line for two free throws with Cleveland down by one and he connected with the first to tie the game.

The Warriors closed the first half on a 16-5 run and began the third quarter with a 10-3 spurt for a 66-59 edge. At one point late in the final frame, James had scored 46 points on 66.7% shooting.

James has to win Game 1 now. "On the flipside, you have Cleveland, who takes on the role of 'us against the world.' Who's gonna step with LeBron James?". It's safe to expect James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant to be spectacular in this series.

James answered inside but Curry drove for a layup, got fouled by Love and sank the free throw for a 107-106 Golden State lead with 23.5 seconds in regulation time. "But I think it's worked out for us both in these four years so far since I've been back". "And usually when I'm in that mindset, good things happen, whether that means it's a Finals MVP or not, who cares, but I'm going to be playing like it for sure".

With two former MVPs in Steph Curry and Kevin Durant leading the way alongside All-Stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, it's not really surprising at all.

Defensive strategies change from game-to-game, but it will be interesting to see how the Warriors deploy this kind of defensive squeeze on LeBron in Game 2 and as the series rolls along.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr, a former championship teammate of Jordan, says James has gotten better with age, like the fine wines "King" James enjoys.

The Warriors, meanwhile, will be without key reserve Andre Iguodala (left leg injury) for Game 1.

Hill contributed 16 points to arguably Sacramento's most impressive win of the season, a 110-106 triumph at Golden State in November; Clarkson burned the Warriors for 21 points two days later for the Lakers; and Hood bombed in 26 for Utah in his only meeting with Golden State this season.

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