Draymond Green not bored by another Cavs-Dubs Finals matchup

There's been a whole lot of talk surrounding a lack of parity leading up to the third consecutive NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - Vegas is betting against them and the bookies are hardly alone.

Cleveland certainly deserved the Cavs' title and the Indians' World Series appearance for so many years of failure from its teams.

Just don't try to tell them that.

"The whole underdog thing is amusing to me".

From trying to emulate Jordan's fadeaway jump shot to copying his uniform quirks, James said, "I did pretty much everything MJ did when I was a kid".

James said at a summer basketball camp previous year that he found motivation in "this ghost I'm chasing - the ghost played in Chicago". It's tough for me to say that is the case. "I think you look at the (Celtics), they have a young Jaylen Brown, they have a young core, they have the No. 1 pick, they have opportunities to make trades". Cleveland is expecting another unflinching effort in Game 5 from a Celtics team that isn't backing down despite facing a 3-1 deficit in the series. Golden State will practice again Saturday then take Sunday as its last off day ahead of Thursday's Game 1 at Oracle Arena.

Love complimented Green's competitiveness and aimed a verbal volley at Northern California.

"He made a great play", Thibodeau said that night of James' game-winner.

The NBA Finals has its first "three-match", courtesy of a King who passed His Airness. It's no wonder then that the wise guys have installed the Warriors as heavy favorites to beat the Cavs for the second time in three years and wrestle back the Larry O'Brien Trophy that slipped through their hands last June.

As pundits parsed the stats showing Jordan achieved his 5,987 playoff points in 179 post-season games while James reached 5,995 in his 212th post-season contest, James dismissed such conversations as "barbershop" debates.

LeBron James went to the Finals each season he played with the Heat, but was Miami as dominant against the East in the postseason as James' Cleveland teams have been? Both teams have done more than just been playoff contending over their past few seasons.

The odds were up to Warriors -330 /Cavs 250 on Thursday afternoon.

Thomas said he never doubted that coach Brad Stevens and general manager Danny Ainge were more concerned about his future than getting him back into the game. "We have a bigger goal in mind".

The 28-year-old Thomas aggravated his specific injury - officially labeled as a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear - during Game 6 of the second-round series against the Washington Wizards on May 12. The loss may have helped the Cavs re-focus and come to the realization that even the best can waver when they don't take care of business.

After the team returned from Boston in the wee hours Friday morning, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue didn't go to bed and immediately began working on a game plan to stifle Golden State's powerful, multi-faceted offense. Thomas, an unrestricted free agent in 2018, is viewed by many as "too undersized" and "a defensive liability" who will struggle to lead the Celtics to its next championship.