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LeBron undaunted by challenge of facing Warriors in Finals

29 May, 2017, 10:27 | Author: Greg Santos

The magnitude of the challenge the Warriors present the Cavaliers in the Finals was so great, LeBron James wouldn't immediately discuss it because "it's too stressful". He averaged 22.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks in the Eastern Conference finals versus the Boston Celtics.

"I mean, it's up there", James said Sunday. This is a high-powered team and I've played against some other (stiff competition).

But James is always up for a challenge and should never be ruled out.

"I think it's just the joy of being able to compete for a championship", James said.

And then James remembered that, even beyond the Spurs in the 2013 and 2014 Finals, he'd faced another a playoff opponent with similarly daunting talent. He said he wanted us.

"So, it's going to be very challenging not only on me mentally, but on our ballclub and on our franchise", James said, shifting back to the Warriors. The two teams have produced legendary games in both the Finals and regular season the past three seasons. Allen would join the Heat the following season. Las Vegas odds makers and basketball analysts expect the Warriors to win the best-of-seven series over the reigning NBA champions.

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After Golden State failed to repeat as champions following a campaign in which they had a record 73 wins during the 82-game regular season, they acquired Durant, by far the biggest prize of the free agent market. "We're in the NBA Finals". I started to slash more and move more without the ball, shoot more standstill 3s and figure out ways I could be more productive than just having the ball in isolation. Obviously, adding an MVP [Kevin Durant] to a team that already has a two-time MVP [Curry], that makes them even more impressive.

James does believe that his these Finals, his seventh straight trip to the championship round, will have people appreciating his career no matter what the outcome. All of them played on Bill Russell's Celtics' teams of the 1950s and 60s; Russell himself played in 10 consecutive Finals.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said the idea that the Cavs need the underdog title as a linchpin to get ready for the Finals is misguided. But I also know that there's steps to get to that point.

The Cavaliers are being given little chance to defend their title against the vaunted Warriors, who have been winning by an average of 16.3 points per game in the playoffs. In the 2016 Finals, he became the first player in National Basketball Association history to lead both teams in the series in points (29.7 ppg), rebounds (11.3), assists (8.9), steals (2.57) and blocks (2.29).

Love was asked if the Cavs wanted the Warriors.

Yet, the fact that James is preparing for such a formidable foe in the Finals has become old hat for him.

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