Five things to watch for in Warriors-Cavs Part IV

Five things to watch for in Warriors-Cavs Part IV

LeBron James will attempt the most unbelievable achievement of his historic career by leading the twice-rebuilt Cleveland Cavaliers against heavily fancied defending champion Golden State in the 72nd NBA Finals.

Iguodala's status for Game 1 on Thursday night is a question as he recovers from a bone bruise in his left knee, which caused him to miss the final four games of the Western Conference finals against Houston. Meanwhile, the Warriors are 6-17 ATS in their last 23 games following a win and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games playing on two days rest.

Cleveland and Golden State were stressed and stretched to their limits in the conference finals this time around, leaving little time to recoup and prepare for their latest showdown in the NBA Finals.

Cleveland and Golden State will meet for the fourth straight year in the NBA Finals, the Warriors looking for a third championship in that span and LeBron James and the Cavaliers trying to wrestle the crown away just as they did in the 2016 series.

James is playing at such an extraordinary level that anything is possible, including what would go down as one of the biggest upsets in National Basketball Association history.

"I don't even think about that, whether I'm starting or not", Green said Wednesday.

If we've learned one thing about a LeBron James-led Cavs team, it's that you can't give them a window and that you should never prolong that which you think is inevitable.

Warriors minute: They've won Game 1 the last three Finals and are 5-1 in Games 1-2 of this series over the last three years.

"The level that I can play at is to be seen, but the level that I put into the game and put into my craft is who I am", James said. I think the Warriors win the Finals - just like past year - in five games. But you know what, he'll be back.

The four-time MVP has averaged a sensational 34 points, 9.2 rebounds and 8.8 assists across three series against the Indiana Pacers, the Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics to reach the Finals for an eighth straight year. Golden State's preponderance of talent means that they have multiple players who can put in solid shifts against The King, and that fact, paired with the team's switch-heavy defense, lends itself to the strategy. LeBron James, of course, is on an eight-Finals streak, having taken the Heat there four in a row followed by this current Cavs run. "So it's going to have to be grind-it-out games where the tempo is controlled and to do that you have got to have smart, tough guys on the floor".

As Stephen Curry noted, the Cavaliers are more than just James. "That's just motivation to be the best that you can be as well".

Thirty-year-old Curry played in only 51 games during the regular season due to injury and missed the Warriors' first six postseason games but has looked like his old self on the court since returning. We'll have to see but I'm all for bringing him back.

When Nichols asked if James' relationship with Gilbert would affect his free-agency decision, James said, "We're going to see".

When the Cleveland Cavaliers hit their low point this season, even their superstar began to wonder about their chances of recovering.

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