Kerr to miss NBA Cavs-Warriors Finals opener

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In bulldozing their respective conferences through the first three rounds of the postseason, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors each earned an extended rest before their highly anticipated showdown in the NBA Finals begins on Thursday.

"Winning it (last year) was an incredible feat for us", Irving said of the Cavs becoming the first team to overcome a 3-1 deficit in The Finals.

And it's not just star players on teams trying to preserve themselves for deep playoff runs that are getting the treatment. However, it seems that the odds are favoring Durant over the King. They've been a flawless 12-0 on their way to the Finals and haven't even been challenged by any of their Western Conference opponents.

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"Every meeting since the San Antonio series". The biggest knock on these Warriors is that they haven't been tested.

The team used the first pick in the 2003 NBA Draft to select native Ohioan LeBron James, who averaged 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game just out of high school in his debut campaign and was named the league's Rookie of the Year.

The Cavaliers took down the Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics.

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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.

"But we are both better". Against Indiana, they were a shot or two away near the buzzer from having a legitimate series on their hands. "But the bad news is, the coaches are dropping like flies". We are a better Cavaliers team and they are a better Warriors team but what does that mean? Now, he's averaging 25.2 points in the playoffs to Curry's 28.6. He's on a mission to give Steph all that he can handle with those Uncle Drew buckets.

Kevin Durant is the closest thing LeBron James has to a contemporary in the National Basketball Association today. (That next person may even be his son, LeBron James, Jr.) What is at stake in these legacy years of James' career is not the proof of whether James is better than Jordan. There is no definitive number, moment, or achievement that can save him from the haters. LeBron averaged almost a triple-double while limiting Durant to only two assists per game. Since then, the two entities have only won in conjunction with each other. Those numbers are absolutely staggering. Here are three keys. Between LeBron, Love, Irving, Kyle Korver, JR Smith and Channing Frye, the team is operating at a ridiculous clip from range. Ultimately, the Cavs have been able to play through all of their rotations without any serious pressure.

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Cleveland-Golden State 3.0 is the matchup fans worldwide expected and wanted, and James believes they're in for quite a show.

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