The NBA's biggest stars share the spotlight with their brothers

Posted June 02, 2017

The four-time scoring champion is the biggest addition to a team favoured to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals starting Thursday in Oakland, and he is not about to change anything in his approach. This is A-list and 1A-list stuff. The Trilogy. Rubber Match, whatever you want to call it.

Golden State has looked stronger than ever this postseason, having recorded consecutive four-game sweeps over the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs, becoming the first team in National Basketball Association history to reach the Finals with a 12-0 record. He was asked what it means. The lame media game of seeing what Green has to say about everything became exhausted months ago.

"You can't expect us to just say 'oh we're a great team on paper together and it's just going to happen.' You know, we got to go out there and try and take it". "You talk about longevity and being able to play at a high level for a long period of time".

Here are five x-factors who can alter the NBA Finals. Or at least the dominance will be so great, no one will have any choice but to be impressed.

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"I'm just proud of the work we've put in from the beginning of the season", Durant said.

He doesn't have to. Third time's the charm.

Last year, in storming back from a 3-1 series deficit to win the championship, the Cavaliers made a key adjustment by having LeBron James defend Draymond Green.

Kevin Durant's first trip to the NBA Finals ended with him watching LeBron James celebrate his first title as Miami downed Oklahoma City for the 2012 crown.

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The NBA Finals get underway Thursday, and to mark the occasion I've come up with a theme: This Better Be Good. "I think our chemistry has grown over the year and it's only getting better".

Warriors coach Mike Brown, filling in on the bench for Steve Kerr and another compelling Finals storyline, coached James in Cleveland, went with him to the Finals - and twice was sacked by the Cavaliers. Putting James on Durant would also task James with an enormous workload: run the offense and defend one of the best scorers in the world.

"I've played in much more games since then, got better as a player, more comfortable out there as a player", he said. They have the best team!

National Football League players would kill for that much time off. Baseball and hockey just laugh at it. They execute at the defensive end of the floor. "They're supposed to win.' That is disrespectful to them", Popovich said. He may not be out there long if the Warriors decide they need more mobility against Thompson, who is almost averaging a double-double and shooting 60 percent while creating plenty of extra possessions with his offensive rebounding for the Cavaliers. Golden State Warriors' JaVale McGee dribbles during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. "It makes them very risky". Cleveland's rugged glass-eater could be a hard matchup for the Warriors. "I got a promotion when I got to the 30s". [Tim Duncan] on the same team.

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But if one guy can rise above that challenge, it's James.