LeBron James defers on Warriors thoughts: 'It's too stressful'

After all, this was a team that set the regular season record for wins a year ago, and came within one game - and a monumental collapse against the Cavaliers in the Finals - of putting together what would've been considered the greatest season in National Basketball Association history. The 2016 champions versus the 2015 champions. The streak is a first in National Basketball Association history, and a rarity in general in American sports. "So however you want to take that, that's how the season's been". This year they crushed the Celtics, the No. 1 seed that fell behind No. 8 seed Chicago, 2-0, in the first round before winning four games after Rajon Rondo went down. Still, they beat the Cavaliers in Cleveland the next game before falling easily in Games 4 and 5. "Now we can start focusing on Golden State to get ready". Who are you rooting for?

Miami's teams anchored by James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were 48-16 against the East in the postseason during its four-year run to the Finals with just two sweeps, both in the first round; Milwaukee in 2013 and Charlotte in 2014. So you have to appreciate it. "We need to understand the privilege that we have and the opportunity that we have to play in the Finals again, to have the opportunity to win a championship".

Already, the back-and-forth is underway. But during a recent interview with USA Today Sports, KD talked about what his early days with Golden State were like. Countered Golden State acting coach Mike Brown, when asked about it Thursday: "That's his opinion". King James or Air Jordan?

The Celtics weren't given much of a chance going into the series and were then blown out in the first two games and saw Isaiah Thomas sidelined with a hip injury. But there's also a clear respect level between the clubs as well. "We have to be ready for the challenge".

An unprecedented Finals trilogy was finally set, and still, James had no interest or energy to engage the topic.

For Durant, this trip ends a five-year wait. Miami was pushed to a Game 7 twice in the conference finals, by Boston in 2012 and in in 2013. "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'".

They'll collide again, starting next week.

It's a 'threematch' for the NBA Finals
He watched Game 5 in street clothes. "We'd love it if we could win in four games, that would be great", Green said with a smile. Six of the eight times James' teams have reached the Finals , they've been the underdog, including this year.

After this year's lackluster NBA playoffs, buckle up: The Warriors and Cavaliers are back in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year. "We're just focused on Boston".

The three-pointer put the Cavaliers up by 32 points. So it's a little different now, obviously.

The storylines are many.

Durant made the best team better and nothing less than a championship will suffice. Will the Warriors be haunted by letting last season's 3-1 lead slip away?

With the Warriors as Vegas favorites to win the Finals, this makes sense, as no Finals MVP has come from the losing team since Jerry West won the award in a losing effort back in 1969. And given Golden State has an offensive attack featuring Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Durant, they won't have to do anything all that complicated to be a handful for the Cavaliers to guard.

James had a cool 35 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals in 34 minutes.

The biggest task awaits.

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