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When the Cavaliers and Warriors met past year in the finals for the third consecutive time, it marked the first "threematch" in NBA Finals history. "I can't think of a bigger gap".

It's unclear how Van Gundy's comments went over with ABC executives, given their presumed interest in having as many viewers as possible tune into the Finals, which begin Thursday and will be televised entirely by that network, but they certainly furthered his reputation for being blunt-spoken. Mbah a Moute was a critical part of what Houston did this season in winning 65 games and claiming the best record in the National Basketball Association. "When you walk off the court with a win and get this fancy hat, it's a good feeling", Curry said.

The Rockets got one wide open shot after another - only to see virtually every one bounce away instead of falling through the net. I'm just trying to play in a way that will help us win a championship. Cleveland is an inferior defensive team to Houston, and Durant should have more opportunities to make things happen, both for himself and for his teammates.

The Warriors will have it all, but after Curry, Durant and Thompson found a way to rally from 15 points down in Houston to win a Game 7 on the road and capture the Western Conference, Golden State will come into this series brimming with confidence. Houston went 47-35 on the way to the 1995 title; to find another champion who was worse, go back to Washington in 1978 when the Bullets were a mere 44-38. The former was shot in the Bay Area (a nod to Golden State), the latter in Chicago, to tie it to the Midwest (not quite Cleveland, but close-ish).

"The second half was unbelievable", Curry said. They marched through the Eastern Conference. He's not a scorer for us as Chris (Paul) is for Houston, but a huge component.

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Cleveland turned over half of its roster - literally - at the trade deadlines, and while the current iteration of the team doesn't match up with that 2017 squad, it is significantly better - in my opinion - than the team they had earlier this season, particularly on the defensive end. "The games will either excite people, the results will either excite people".

The Cavaliers, on the other hand, still have LeBron James on their side - arguably the greatest player in his generation. We had the first half ... tip your hat to them, but at the same time guys gave everything they've got, so it's normal to be devastated. People aren't going to be as excited.

However, this Finals series will be missing a key piece from their past battles: Kyrie Irving.

Las Vegas bookmakers don't like the chances of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers as they get set to take on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season.