Golden State won in 2015, Cleveland erased a 3-1 deficit to win its first championship past year, and the rubber match that was expected all along was set up easily with the teams combining for just one loss through three rounds.
"It obviously still hurts a lot". "You can feel that redemption".
"It's natural wanting to beat the guys who beat you". "Everything just kinda keeps getting back to where it once was. You don't care who you've got to take down, you just want to take whoever that is down". "You can't get discouraged". "It's definitely exciting. I feel blessed to be in this position to compete for a championship".
I have the Warriors by double digits.
I think we all can agree these playoffs have been anything but spellbinding - but now, after weeks of lousy basketball, we finally get to see what we've been waiting for: the two best teams in the league squaring off in a best-of-seven series that will crown the 2017 champion! Last year, Russell Westbrook was Durant's teammate.
The Cavs' challenge is preventing them from going 16-0.
Then the Cavs got their revenge previous year when they rallied back to claim their city's first major team championship since 1964 with a Game 7 win in Oakland.
"We'll use it as fuel, use it as motivation", Love said.
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Many people consider Green's suspension in Game 5 past year to be the turning point of the series, but South Point sports book director Chris Andrews said the Warriors losing injured center Andrew Bogut for the final three games might have made more of an impact. We've got to figure out how to combat that, which is going to be a tough challenge for us.
"I'm just trying to be the best me I can be".
But Warriors forward Draymond Green shrugged off any redemption notion, saying the desire to become a dynasty matters more than revenge.
Las Vegas radio host Bernie Fratto, who picked the Cavaliers to win in seven games, said the addition of Durant is offset by the loss of Bogut and inside defenders Marreese Speights and Harrison Barnes. You know hate in America, especially for African Americans, is living every day.
"When you're chasing greatness, that's the expectation". But the Celtics did manage to rebound and earn the top seed in the East. Isaiah Thomas averaged 29.5 points for the Celtics vs. the Cavaliers. "We're going to enjoy what we do on the floor and going to be passionate about it and have each other's backs when we're out there, but every 48 minutes is a separate event". The Cavaliers have made three 3-pointers already, but are 1 for 7 inside the arc.
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has been impressed with what he has seen from Durant with the Warriors. "I went when I was 23 years old, and it felt like the Western Conference Finals was nearly like the championship".
"There's no time to be disappointed", Irving said. National Basketball Association oddsmakers have done better, but not as well as you might guess.
Anything less than a maiden National Basketball Association championship would be classified as a major disappointment for the eight-time All-Star. "After we was able to accomplish that past year and we celebrated for a few days, I got right back to work, mentally and physically get my body ready because I wanted to be able to put myself and put our teammates and put our franchise in position where we had an opportunity to do it again".
The Warriors committed only one turnover in the half but failed to take full advantage of Cleveland's shortcomings, missing 35 shots (only eight fewer than the Cavaliers attempted), including 10 of their 13 3-point tries.