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Warriors star Steph Curry makes LeBron James Cavs claim before Game 1

01 June 2018
Warriors star Steph Curry makes LeBron James Cavs claim before Game 1

The 2018 NBA Finals are being broadcast on ABC.

"I'm thrilled to be here, I'm thrilled about the excitement of Filipinos here that are huge basketball fans. But I just felt like it was bad timing for our team".

Nevertheless, here the Cavs are, right back in the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive year, despite how improbable it may have seemed to even James mere months ago.

Only complicating the Cavs' situation was the return they received for Irving from the Boston Celtics, who traded point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and a pair of draft picks to Cleveland for the 5-time All-Star. "I guess that's the position you want to be in".

So when James eventually writes the book of his life, he said he's going to give the Warriors a nod. They need Love and Thompson to play or they just don't have the talent to handle Curry, Durant, Thompson and Green, and playing a fast-paced game is a disaster for the Cavs anyway.

"I've tried to put this franchise at a level that is always seen in a positive light", James said.

The NBA Playoffs promised so much this season and, while they did deliver jaw-dropping action and intense matchups, we're ultimately left with the same Finals matchup of the past four years. Then it would be a long way to go from there to catch Boston (18) or the Lakers (17).

Only three players have more trips to the final than James - Boston legend Bill Russell with a record 12, his 1960s dynasty teammate Sam Jones at 11 and all-time National Basketball Association career scoring leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 10. "I haven't seen anyone else do that in our league, with the exception of two people and that's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell". SCORING STARS While matching up on the court, James and Durant could flip-flop on the career postseason scoring list. Durant has been even better in the NBA Finals, with his 32.9 points per game ranking last year's finals MVP behind only Rick Barry (36.3) and Jordan (33.6) among players who have appeared in at least 10 games.

Still, he says the Cavs are 12-point underdogs in the first game.

So, Pluto asks, "Had the Cavaliers kept Irving, do you think they'd be in the Finals?" Game 1 is Thursday night at Oracle Arena. Here's the full 2018 NBA Finals schedule.

It hasn't been a secret all year but opponents simply have no answer for it as it's nearly impossible to stop the Warriors when they go on an offensive surge.