If those averages look remarkable, then Warriors fans should get ready for a treat when the Finals tip off, especially if Durant gets into the zone the way he did in 2012. And when you say it's not gonna go to full a full seven potentially not the only one there's several out of the several national pundits that say hey look there's the series is not gonna go seven games it's going to be ill warriors thrashing by by and large and go back to the series a year ago there weren't a lot of great teams in the series in terms of close games. The Warriors made it to the finals easily and are now set to face LeBron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith in the National Basketball Association finals.

For the third straight year, the NBA Finals is a matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.

All of that becomes irrelevant starting just after 9:00 p.m. Along the way, James gelled well with co-All Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, adding another dynamic to the Cavaliers offense.

That is the burden Durant will carry, should Golden State lose: the unending jibes.

Not that anyone expected any different.

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has had to deal with a far more disturbing confrontation than anything the Golden State Warriors will serve up in game one of their National Basketball Association playoffs on Friday morning (AEST).

"I think that the foundation that's he's laid on that team and influence he's had on that team, stays with them", says Cleveland's Shumpert. I think not. The difference here is negligible and I fully expect the Warriors to come out guns blazing Thursday night at Oracle Arena. "Even though I wasn't here the last couple years, talking and hearing the stories and watching the film kind of transfers me and I feel like I've been part of this team". "You've just got to try and make it tough on them", Durant said. "Cleveland fired me twice, this is a time to get back at 'em. extra incentive". "I thought he did a good job of that".

James will do whatever it takes to win.

"Goal is to win a championship". We looked up the number of All-Star appearances, All-NBA 1st/2nd Team selections and MVP trophies opponents racked up the years they faced either Jordan or James in the playoffs. James won his first title in 2012 with Miami in a five-game series over Durant and the Thunder. 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.

Almost a year since he sat at the same podium inside Oracle Arena and addressed Muhammad Ali's impact as an activist following the heavyweight champion's death, James discussed the daily challenges of being black in the U.S. Steve Kerr, Mike Brown and the Warriors staff has been as good as it gets across the National Basketball Association for a couple of seasons.

The Cavaliers flew into San Francisco on Tuesday, taking a team photo once they arrived that Cleveland forward Kevin Love posted on Instagram. The simulation is far off what the professional bettors in Las Vegas are saying.

All seem to agree on the Golden State Warriors winning.

"It's inevitable. Four great players like that, at the point-guard role, myself and Steph and then K.D. and Bron, obviously there will be a lot of attention paid to that", Irving said. "And hopefully we keep it going, but we fully respect and are aware that this team that we're playing, they're the champions and we're not", Kerr said.

It would be shocking if he couldn't find some way to win at least one game if not two games.

"I'll be focused tomorrow on the game, on all the games", James said. "It's definitely exciting. I feel blessed to be in this position to compete for a championship". "Can't get caught up in your shot falling or not". "I don't know if 3-1 has been mentioned in our locker room one time this year".

But they all apply, as in the Warriors are the first team ever to hit the Finals at 12-0. Love is averaging 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds this postseason and shooting 47.5 percent from 3-point range, giving the Cavs a floor spacer that is also a terror on the glass who may be able to exploit the Warriors when they go to a smaller lineup with Draymond Green at the center.