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No surprise: It's Cavs-Warriors in the NBA Finals, again

This NBA Finals rubber match between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers has been building up for a while.

The 51-year-old Kerr underwent a procedure May 5 to fix a spinal fluid leak stemming from complications after a pair of back surgeries in 2015, after the Warriors won their first championship in 40 years during his first season as coach.

But it all evaporated. Crowder had a solid outing in Game 4 with 18 points and eight rebounds while shooting 4-of-7 from three-point range.

James called the Warriors, "the best team in our league the last three years". But then he added this: "OK, maybe a slight preference for Cleveland".

And they're doing this without their head coach. They got a big scare in late February when Durant had a left knee injury, but he's back and the Warriors have rolled since. The story lines are plenty, including a few fresh ones, such as acting Golden State coach Mike Brown going against the team he coached not once but twice.

Kerr returned to practice May 13 after more than three weeks off the court.

And there will be reminders of the Halloween party that James threw for the Cavaliers last fall, with "3-1 Lead" - a nod to what the Warriors lost in last year's Finals - prominently displayed on the drum set. He shot.355 from 3-point range during the regular season, but upped that percentage to.519 during the playoffs.

On July 4, with a 351-word post on The Players' Tribune, Durant announced he was joining the Warriors. Can Durant win his first?

"I want to win a championship", Thomas said "And being so close to getting to the finals, that makes you want it that much more". "We just kept grinding". How do you feel about doing it?' We talk among ourselves. "We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night".




But for the third year in a row, the Cavs enter the NBA Finals as the underdog.

Can the Cavs do it again?

The Cavaliers, who rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Warriors in last year's finals, set an National Basketball Association record in winning their 13th straight playoff series potential closeout game.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, fueled by another milestone night for LeBron James, powered into a third straight NBA Finals meeting with the Golden State Warriors with a dominant 135-102 win over the Celtics in Boston on Thursday (Friday in Manila). After torching the Celtics for 35, James now sits at 5,995 postseason career points. (We won) Game 3 and we nearly had Game 4; I was at home cheering and getting even more hyped, jumping up.

"The comparison of always trying to compare people, either living or still playing or not playing - I think it's great for barbershops". First and foremost, Jordan was a pure scorer while James is part elite scoring machine and part distributor (think: Jordan and Magic Johnson combined). That play was the flagrant foul that suspended Green for Game 5.

"It's carried me to this point now and it's going to carry me for the rest of my career because scoring is not number one on my agenda".

James still trails Jordan in one key area: titles. Yes, James had scored 25 points-adding 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals-in his National Basketball Association debut versus the Kings. Get the popcorn ready.

A Warriors' team bent on revenge stands in his way.

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