Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

The case for Warriors in National Basketball Association final

The case for Warriors in National Basketball Association final

Love left Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals after colliding with Jayson Tatum and didn't play in Cleveland's Game 7 win over the Boston Celtics. That makes Steph Curry and company easily the largest favorites since 2002, which is as far back as SportsOddsHistory's records go. The network says Tuesday that only its coverage of the 2016 West finals Game 7 between the Warriors and Oklahoma City drew a larger audience for an National Basketball Association game on cable.

After the game, The Associated Press reports: Stephen Curry said someone asked him if it's still special to get to the finals when it's the fourth time in a row. "Houston wasn't just one half away from advancing to the Finals: They were one half away from winning a championship". It's hard to make a convincing case for Cleveland, and both analysts said the Cavs would need to be almost ideal to win even one game.

Love has struggled mightily against the Warriors on the NBA's biggest stage. "I think no matter who came out of the West and who came out of the East, the Western Conference victor would have been the prohibitive favorite, for many different reasons", he said. "We've got three of the best shot makers in the league, and they all got hot at different points of the second half".

But seriously, maybe one of them just isn't owning up to the truth here. "I always said 'strength in stars, '" Van Gundy said. "I'm not going to say zero percent chance - they have the best player in the world", he said, referring to James.

"They played a great series, they made us work for everything". In 2017, Golden State reclaimed the title.

"I didn't recognize the group that we were seeing". "The games will either excite people, the results will either excite people". If the Warriors want to take a break and play iso-ball, Kevin Durant (42.8 passes) is their go-to player. "All those hurdles and obstacles, we got over them, so it's an unbelievable feeling, man". People aren't going to be as excited.

"I walked in at halftime, and I said, I don't even recognize this team". They swept Atlanta in the Eastern Conference finals in 2015, beat Toronto in six in 2016 and wiped out the Celtics in five games in the conference finals a year ago.

With Kevin Durant dominating inside, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson sizzling as 3-point sharpshooters, and Draymond Green contributing rebounds and assists, the Warriors have been almost as formidable as they were in last year's title run.

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