Love grows into role with LeBron in Cavs' title quest

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Take III of the NBA Finals trilogy between Golden State and the Cleveland Cavaliers gives Stephen Curry and Draymond Green a chance to avenge last year's Warriors collapse and LeBron James the opportunity to add a fourth title in his chase of Michael Jordan's six.

For the first time in history, the same two teams will battle in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive summer.

James is 3-4 overall in the best-of-seven series, losing his first appearance 10 years ago, but has become the only man to lead two different clubs into the finals 4 times. Last year Golden State won both regular-season matchups but it didn't mean a thing in the Finals, when Cleveland's aggressive defense limited Curry to 22.6 points per game and a severe loss of confidence.

Durant is one of the top five players in the National Basketball Association, and is potentially the second best player behind LeBron James.

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Kevin Durant hasn't even played a full season with the Golden State Warriors, but as he gears up to claim his first championship, he's reportedly already thinking about future titles with the Warriors.

With the cut, Durant would be paid a little less than $32 million for next season, likely as part of a two-year deal with a player option for 2018-19.

"Since I've been in this league, it's hard to get to the playoffs, let alone march all the way to the finals", guard Iman Shumpert said.

Golden State, on the other hand, can have its stars take turns having a big game and come out victorious.

However, today ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne has reported that Kerr is "looking better" than he did when he left the team mid-way through their first round series against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Kevin Durant is set to begin his second NBA Finals tonight.

Brown knows James extremely well from their days together in Cleveland, and he will look to exploit the star's weaknesses in any way he can. As evidence by this game, even if Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving have outstanding games, they can still lose. During that game, Thompson made eleven three-pointers, becoming the first National Basketball Association player in playoff history to accomplish that feat.

The Cavaliers are now +150 to host the finale of the NBA Finals, while Golden State is -170. Frankly, it's not as strong as the one for the Warriors.

Iguodala has shot the ball poorly in the postseason but the 2015 NBA Finals MVP will be on the floor plenty anyway because of his other contributions.

"I think you've found two great teams, and we've played that way, and maybe people don't appreciate it because of a blowout or because of a sweep", Green said.

"You can't stop LeBron", said Mike Brown, the Golden State assistant coach guiding the team while head coach Steve Kerr recovers from complications after back surgery.

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