David Griffin wants people to give Cavs 'no chance' against Warriors

It's nearly insane to think of the Cavs as a big underdog. "We're trying to repeat, which is so hard to do". I didn't go bald like Mike, but I'm getting there. We will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it? "If some kid or a group of kids from the West Coast or the East Coast or the Midwest or the South and everything in between, all around the world can look at me and say, 'Well, I made the extra pass because LeBron made the extra pass, ' or, 'I got a chase-down block and I didn't give up on the play because LeBron didn't give up, ' that would mean the world to me". Golden State feels it has a score to settle after what happened previous year, while the Cavs want to topple a franchise built for a sustained run of titles with the addition of Durant.

"I told our guys: 'We made a lot of great strides, but this pain is part of the path to what we ultimately want to be,"' he said.

It's also why Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said that his team must keep all thoughts of being on the cusp of a return to the NBA Finals at bay for now.

They have earned a rubber match with the Warriors, setting up one of the most anticipated NBA Finals in recent memory.

Love complimented Green's competitiveness and aimed a verbal volley at Northern California. The Giants won the Series 5-3 in the final best-of-nine matchup as a banged-up Ruth got just one plate appearance during the final three games, all won by the Giants.

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Avery Bradley led the way for the Celtics, missing star Isaiah Thomas through injury, with 23 points.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James passed Michael Jordan for the most points in the history of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

In Act 2, the Cavaliers rose from an impossible 3-1 Finals hole - exactly as you'd expect a trilogy to script the climax of its second movie - to stun a Warriors team that was gleefully standing on Cleveland's grave, so sure they were about to punctuate a league-record 73-win season with a title.

The odds were up to Warriors -330 / Cavs 250 on Thursday afternoon.

"Want the Warriors?" he said.

James, with three titles, is still chasing Jordan's six.

The Cubs' 5-4 win over the Giants on Wednesday was a painful reminder to bettors that backing big favorites on the run line is a treacherous proposition.

"I've played against four Hall of Famers as well, too, with Manu (Ginobili), Kawhi (Leonard), Tony (Parker) and Timmy D (Tim Duncan) on the same team", said James, occasionally sniffling as he continues to fight a cold. He says surgery is "not the No. 1 option right now".

Golden State and Cleveland have cruised through the playoffs with a combined 24-1 record and 18-7 over-under mark. They're a team that doesn't have many weaknesses, if any at all.

However, Cleveland does have the two advantages that matter most in playoff basketball: the ability to win at the rim and the best player on the hardwood. Like, we didn't know what they were going to run.

After this year's lackluster NBA playoffs, buckle up: The Warriors and Cavaliers are back in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year. That's enough motivation alone. We've got to come out and play. "So, that's what we're focused on".

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