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Jeff Van Gundy says the Golden State Warriors will beat the Cleveland Cavaliers

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"It's a weird dynamic", said Curry speaking about the Finals with the Cavs' roster having undergone huge changes since they last met in mid-January. The only people I hear saying that are fans from other teams, which is natural.

Slowing the Warriors in the third quarter starts with the Cavaliers making their own shots so they can get set defensively while the Warriors are inbounding the ball and moving it up the court.

"But at the same time, I think even though with these two teams, it seems like we have seen that movie before".

Now, James and the Cavs and Curry and the defending champions find themselves in familiar territory, facing off in a fourth straight NBA Finals - just with far less prep time after each team played furious Game 7s on the road to get back here.

The Cavaliers lasted just five games against the Warriors in last year's Finals, and that was with Kyrie averaging 29.4 points and shooting 41.9 percent on 3-pointers in the series.

"What I'm witnessing is LeBron James... dominating this period of time".

So when James eventually writes the book of his life, he said he's going to give the Warriors a nod. The players won't apologize for showing up again, or worry that it hurts the National Basketball Association.

"I don't really have a ceiling", James said. For that matter, the 2018 NBA Finals marks the first time in any major sport that the same two teams are facing each other for the championship title four times in a row. Then it would be a long way to go from there to catch Boston (18) or the Lakers (17).

"I don't know where they will fall in my book, but they will have a nice chapter", James said Wednesday. His 339 assists are 61 behind Bob Cousy (400).

OAKLAND, Calif. - At one point during the regular season, LeBron James questioned whether the Cleveland Cavaliers would even make the playoffs and wasn't thinking he had a chance to reach his eighth consecutive NBA Finals. Only the Indiana Pacers, Cleveland's first-round opponent, has seen less possessions in their playoff games than the Cavs.

Cleveland opened as a +650 underdog in the series but this is nothing new for LeBron, as he has now been an underdog in seven of his nine Finals appearances. However, even prior to that, he played for the Spurs in four of his final five National Basketball Association seasons.

It hasn't been a secret all year but opponents simply have no answer for it as it's nearly impossible to stop the Warriors when they go on an offensive surge.

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