Tag: Golden State

LeBron not faulting Warriors for building powerhouse team

BY TOM WITHERS CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James knew what might happen when Kevin Durant merged with the Warriors, a 73-win team out for revenge. James understood the potential of this Golden State goliath with more firepower than perhaps anything the NBA has seen before. And although he’s on the cusp of being swept in the Finals – for the second time – by a team unequalled in today’s game, James isn’t envious of the Warriors for building a super power in sneakers. He’d do it, too. One day after Cleveland plunged into a 3-0 hole following a demoralizing...

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

BY TIM REYNOLDS Here they go again. For the third straight year, it’s Cleveland and Golden State in the NBA Finals. The 2016 champions versus the 2015 champions . The first “threematch” – rematch of a rematch – in league history. It’s the matchup most expected, the matchup most predicted, and probably the matchup the Cavaliers and Warriors wanted as well. Let the hype, and the waiting, begin: Game 1 isn’t until June 1. “I’ve been very blessed the last few years to be a part of this league and play on the big stage,” said Cleveland star LeBron...

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Durant’s move to the Warriors changes the NBA land

(AP) Four All-Stars, two MVPs, a whole new Splash Family in Golden State. Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Warriors on Monday sent tremors through the NBA, and players and executives throughout the league immediately started to contemplate how the newest super team would alter the landscape. “Thats crazy!!!! KD in GSW????” Wizards center Marcin Gortat tweeted. “(Are) they gonna score 200 points a game?” The Warriors already were a super team before one of the league’s most unstoppable scorers decided to leave Oklahoma City for the Bay Area. Golden State won the championship in 2015, rolled to a...

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Warriors’ supporting cast leads Game 1 NBA Finals win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry realizes every last man on the bench can mean so much to winning a championship. As he and Klay Thompson endured rare off nights that even featured Curry tossing his mouthpiece in frustration, the MVP’s “Strength In Numbers” supporting cast made all the timely shots and all the difference for the defending champions in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Draymond Green had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, Shaun Livingston scored a personal postseason best of 20 and Golden State’s bench came up big as the Warriors beat LeBron James and...

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Warriors-Cavaliers are the 14th NBA Finals rematch

MIAMI (AP) — It’ll either be repeat or redemption. A rematch will decide. Cleveland and Golden State are about to reunite in the NBA Finals, starting Thursday night in Oakland, California. It’s the 14th Finals rematch. A good sign for Cleveland, which lost to Golden State last season: Six of the last seven teams that lost the Finals one year won the rematch encounter. A good sign for Golden State: The only exception to that trend came in 1997 and 1998, when Utah Jazz lost back-to-back to the Chicago Bulls — a team that featured current Warriors coach Steve...

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