Durant makes his mark in Game 1 of NBA Finals for Warriors

Cleveland's Irving ready for Golden State's Curry

Its only loss was Game 3 of the East Finals vs. Boston when James was fighting an illness and held to a shocking 11 points. "We don't know yet", said James.

Take III of the NBA Finals trilogy between Golden State and the Cleveland Cavaliers gives Stephen Curry and Draymond Green a chance to avenge last year's Warriors collapse and LeBron James the opportunity to add a fourth title in his chase of Michael Jordan's six. Durant is averaging 25.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in this postseason. Golden State is a -240 series favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com with Cleveland at +200.

"You can look at Golden State and how they're playing, it's pretty dominant", Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said on Tuesday.

While the Cavs went 12-1 on their way to the finals, the Warriors went a flawless 12-0. Cleveland doesn't pose the same kind challenge on defense, ranking 22nd in the regular season in defensive efficiency.

The 3-1 comeback started with 82-points. He is the only player to lead two teams, Miami and Cleveland, to four NBA Finals.

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The NBA commissioner appeared on "Mike & Mike" Wednesday morning and was asked about the "competitive balance" in the NBA with Kevin Durant joining the Warriors.

Cleveland were the first team to draft a Canadian player with the first overall draft pick when they selected Anthony Bennett in 2013. 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. A year before Kyrie's shot secured the title for Cleveland, Steph did something similar for Golden State.

That is not a luxury the Cavs, who are powered by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, can afford if they hope to upset the Warriors.

When Cleveland stayed on Curry, Durant got easy dunks.

One of the reasons the Warriors have been so dominant in recent years is due to their depth.

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The only other point I will make is that I think Home Court advantage will be an advantage for the Warriors, until it isn't.

In the real world, the Cavs completed an epic comeback a year ago to stun the Warriors and claim the NBA Finals title.

"He's talked about possibly coaching Game 1. But I have every intention to coach for a long time".

Golden State has gotten off to a few slow starts in series openers. "I do understand rest and why you do it", said Kevin Garnett, who missed one game or none in nine of his first 10 seasons, but needed to incorporate rest days more often later in his career.

There will be no love lost between these teams, especially after Green, whose Game Five suspension in the 2016 Finals was considered by many to be the turning point, said last November he wanted to "destroy" and "annihilate" the Cavs in a championship rematch.

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Simply put: the Warriors have far too much talent for any excuses to be made in Curry's favor, especially after the way the 2015 and 2016 Finals transpired.

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