The Warriors won in six games in 2015. If All-Star Kevin Love is cleared from his concussion in time to play, Cleveland can surround James with risky perimeter shooters such as himself, Kyle Korver, George Hill and JR Smith, forcing the Warriors to play James 1-on-1 - and possibly without one of their top defenders in Andre Iguodala if he can't return from his leg injury.
Let's put the series into perspective: LBJ is not going up against a team with one great player. "Anytime you're playing for a championship, that's motivation itself".
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates his team's Western Conference final series victory over the Houston Rockets on May 28. He's arguably their best option to defend that perimeter outside of James, and if he can knock down a few threes in the process, that's even better.
His fellow analyst, Mark Jackson, was a bit less gloomy about the Cavaliers' chances.
"To me Houston wasn't just one half away from advancing to the Finals, they were one half away from winning a championship". You've got to play. Expect to see him tasked with handling James a lot as well, likely alongside Durant.
History, bragging rights, and, of course, the 2018 National Basketball Association championship are all on the line once more as the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors rekindle their Finals rivalry in the National Basketball Association.
Love has struggled throughout the post-season, averaging just 13.9 points per game on 38.8% shooting from the field, a sharp drop off from the 17.6 points on 45.8% shooting and 9.3 rebounds he averaged per game during the regular season. When he doesn't, they're 4-5.
The NBA may be trending in the direction of firing as many three-pointers as possible. LeBron needs to win now while he's still in his prime, but Cleveland obviously doesn't have the roster to beat Golden State in the Finals. The Warriors have to take that seriously. They make another run, and he makes another play. But in Game 7, the flow and vibe was significantly different. So if they've been fooling around until the Finals get here, well, they're here. That's probably going to prove simplistic against Golden State, but it certainly can't hurt.
"We were so scattered, every part of the game plan went out the window in the first 45 seconds, basically", he said.
"Golden State has set the bar for the whole league, not just us". Although, if there's an opportunity to land LeBron James, the Rockets have to take it. They also turn their attention to offseason plans, potential moves and tough looming decision for the front office down the line.
The Rockets certainly didn't execute it in Monday night, leading to an nearly comical number of missed shots. Particularly late in the series, he fell into the iso-happy offense that colored the worst moments of his Oklahoma City tenure. But facing Golden State will be a much bigger challenge than Indiana, Toronto and Boston could provide. It was far from his best series. Jake Madison (@NolaJake) and John Karalis (@RedsArmy_John) preview the series and try and figure out a way the Cavs can win.Learn more about your ad choices. If he plays to his potential, the Cavaliers won't have an answer.