Love grows into role with LeBron in Cavs' title quest

Hope Soto
June 3, 2017

While the Cavs and Warriors have played in the Finals the past two years, Durant and James met before that in different uniforms. Last year's finals, Golden State's power forward Draymond Green got suspended in game 5, point guard Stephen Curry was hurt with a knee injury when he slipped and fell on a wet floor in Houston and former Warriors center, Andrew Bogut, was out with a knee injury. The Cavaliers have more depth. Horford is averaging 16.1 points on 64 percent shooting, while Olynyk scored a playoff career-high 26 in the Game 7 clincher Monday. Can other games or matches or series live up on those two measures? Barnes averaged 9.3 points in the Finals a season ago, on 35 percent shooting. Oh yes, the seemingly infamous Durant.

Durant has a much better team and has become a much more complete player now in his first season with the Warriors.

The future of the Warriors after this season is anybody's guess. He's not an elite defender, but he's a formidable matchup against LeBron. Now these two teams are being called dynasties.

LeBron will show up. He also stared her down after making a three-pointer a few minutes later. His shot from long range has improved during the playoffs, but it's not something Cleveland fans want the King to rely on. With many expecting nothing less than a championship from Durant and his elite new team, a major storyline to watch is how he will fare under the extreme pressure.

And just as a move paid championship dividends for James after a prior finals loss, it could do the same in June for Durant.

Durant replaces Harrison Barnes, whose offensive struggles played a big role in the Warriors' failure to repeat as champions in 2016.

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Heading into Game 1 of the NBA Finals, one of the minor storylines about Stephen Curry concerning the persistent swelling around his right elbow that led to him a wear a shooting sleeve.

Zaza Pachulia vs. Tristan Thompson. In the five-game Boston series, Love shot 53.5 percent from three-point range and averaged almost 13 rebounds a game.

Justin Rowan: (@Cavsanada): Something something something, the Warriors are better team.

Go back and look at any Finals preview, and you'll hear the Cavs talk about the need to limit Golden State's ability to run with the basketball. Golden State Warriors' Zaza Pachulia shoots during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif.

Many of these players had to take on smaller roles now that they had joined so-called super teams filled with stars. But consider his ability to block shots. Meaning they don't have to dig too deeply to understand what they have to correct for Game 2. His impact will be as big as his 6-foot-7, 230-pound frame. A win over the best collection of talent in the National Basketball Association for a second straight year might put him side-by-side with MJ.

Back to the path that Brown traveled since the Cavs hired him in 2005 to shape an upwardly mobile team anchored by young superstar LeBron James. It has special written all over it with potential for heroes to be made, buzzer beaters to be hit and tensions to rise. Korver ranks second among all active players with 104 playoff games without a Finals appearance, trailing only Joe Johnson's 112 games.

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