James breaks Jordan record as Cavs reach National Basketball Association finals

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Draymond Green just doesn't see the logic: How could three straight NBA Finals between Golden State and Cleveland possibly be boring?

So if you consider a Warriors team which won 73 games past year and had a 3-1 lead in the Finals before collapsing under the weight of injuries, stupidity and a heroic Cavs effort, then add Kevin Durant to the mix you get the idea of the challenge that Cleveland is facing. It starts with James, who is in his seventh consecutive NBA Finals. After all, he has slayed behemoths before.

Love continued to knock down shots from the outside, Irving sliced his way into the lane to the rim and James got free for several of his one-handed, tomahawk dunks.

"It's probably up there", he said. "I mean, it's up there".

"I think it's just the joy of being able to compete for a championship", James said.

"So, it's going to be very challenging". They're going to challenge our ballclub.

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"This is a high-powered team". Like I've stated before, it's about winning the championship, and we're four games away from that. James considers the Boston Celtics with Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and coach Doc Rivers, who ousted him in the East semifinals in 2008 and 2010, on par with the 2017 Warriors. I was watching before tonight's game the game that they played in Golden State (earlier this season). James made the most profound argument for himself as the greatest of all time when he led the Cavaliers back from a 3-1 series deficit against the 73-win Warriors previous year with 41 points in Game 5, 41 points in Game 6 and a triple-double in Game 7.

The 2016 champion Cavs will battle the 2015 champion Warriors for the third straight year.

During the Warriors' 12-0 run in the playoffs, Durant has averaged 25.2 points per game, second behind Curry's 28.6. Cleveland won by one point on Christmas Day and Golden State prevailed by 35 points on January 16.Lue said that tape of last season's Finals is applicable now, even though Durant wasn't on the court. The most glaring difference in this year's go around, though, is the Warriors' addition of Kevin Durant.

"You adapt to the culture", he said.

"First of all, I don't get involved in the hype", James said. I can put the ball in the hoop. "It's the right thing to do". "So it makes it even more unsafe when you equip that talent, that skill, with those guys".

There will be no dearth of superstars in the Finals, as both teams are loaded with names that even the most casual of fan would recognize.

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Neither expects that to be the case, but they are realistic and understand the inevitable is coming sooner rather than later. Fort and Al Unser Sr.as the only four-time race winners. "It has benefited us in terms of the buzz".

As much as this series was about James, Irving helped turn the tide of the series with a 42-point effort in Game 4.

For the sixth time, James enters the Finals as an underdog, hardly a role he's accustomed to before June.

A fourth title and second straight Finals win over mighty Golden State would be a serious statement.

James isn't anxious about point spreads or any odds.

"I only play blackjack in Vegas, anyway, so it doesn't matter", James said.

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