Cavs' Kevin Love: We're defending champs, not Finals underdogs

  • Cavs' Kevin Love: We're defending champs, not Finals underdogs

Cavs' Kevin Love: We're defending champs, not Finals underdogs

CLEVELAND Moments after the Eastern Conference championship banner was raised by the Cavaliers for the third straight time and the obligatory postgame interviews ended, Tyronn Lue slipped quietly away. They are heading to the NBA Finals where they are aiming to defend their NBA Title. He'll again be at center stage this week as Cleveland meets Golden State in the third installment of their title trilogy. Insane as it sounds considering they've been the most dominant team in the National Basketball Association over the past three seasons, this Warriors group - led by Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson - aren't just healthy. It's foolish to count out a LeBron James-led team, but the Warriors are the favorite for a reason.

1993 - The Chicago Bulls are the first team to win a "three-peat", or three consecutive championships, since the Celtics in the 1960s. The Cavaliers clinched by winning Game 7 in Oakland previous year, so obviously home-court doesn't mean much.

Cleveland quickly welcomed him with arms wide open. It is a sign of progress from a player who has spent the past year trying to atone for contributing to Golden State's Finals collapse to the Cavaliers. The Warriors were coming off a historic season. But it's one that we're going to hear a lot until Thursday's first game. and probably beyond. Golden State took the lead of the series immediately, but the Cavaliers were not ready to go down easily. It may be that the talented Warriors can easily chalk up 114 points, for instance, but playing against the Cavaliers with a solid emphasis on defense things will not be easy offensively. They've been the better team this season.

Lue was asked if it's harder to identify who that is on Golden State. They clinched the conference with a record of 67-15.

Durant and the Warriors have dealt with no adversity in these playoffs. Wayne Pistons, four games to one. In 2015, the Warriors beat the Cavs in six games.

Kerr did not travel to Utah for the second-round series against the Jazz. All playoff series are also the best of seven games. They have not been defeated yet this postseason. They're a flawless 12-0 and are firing on all cylinders. They swept their first two opponents, and have won 12 of their past 13.

It's been almost a year since the Golden State Warriors became the first team in Finals history to blow a 3-1 series lead and certain moments remain fresh in the minds of players and fans. Durant is averaging 25.2 points while shooting a blistering 55.6 percent from the field and 41.7 percent beyond the arc in the 10 games he has played in.