NBA Finals schedule: Warriors vs Cavs dates and times for every game

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The Warriors needed seven games to get past the Rockets in the Western Conference Finals, but they're heavily favored to win another title.

Van Gundy, pride of Alhambra High School in Martinez, and Jackson, who preceded Steve Kerr as coach of the Warriors, are leaning toward a Warriors victory in four games - only because three games is mathematically impossible.

"Obviously James is going to have to be great". "Anytime you're playing for a championship, that's motivation itself".

Another member of the Cleveland supporting cast whom James so badly needs to perform, Thompson is the number one interior option.

His fellow analyst, Mark Jackson, was a bit less gloomy about the Cavaliers' chances. They made it to the conference finals for the first time since 2015, but were unable to overcome their worst shooting game of the postseason.

How you get from something like "you need to go beat the Cavaliers" to "we would have won if Chris Paul played" might be the most impossible question to ever answer.

Clearly this advantage isn't just about Kevin Durant, as the Warriors have led the league in the third-quarter differential for the entirety of this era of dominance. That will be his big job.

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Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals kicks off Thursday on ABC in Oakland. So key, in fact, that Lue was trolled by fans for his refusal to play Korver enough in Game 5.

Overall, TNT's 42 live playoff games averaged 4.9 million viewers, the network's most-watched playoffs coverage since 2011. Does LeBron have one more of those in him?

As the debate about Golden State being a potential dynasty rages on, general manager Bob Myers is not interested in talking about that possibility. With a win in this year's Finals, Golden State would etch its name in stone as the latest dynasty around the Association. Cleveland's perimeter defense, a unit that has scuffled, has its work cut out in this series. For their part, the Warriors won a four-year low 58 regular season games.

LeBron James has rescued the Cavaliers from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals and just pulled them out of a 2-0 hole against Boston. They probably won't get away with that against the Warriors. That's probably going to prove simplistic against Golden State, but it certainly can't hurt.

The series stands at 2-1 right now. The Rockets' theories worked, until they didn't. That's the upstairs. That's their job to be cold and objective, and do what they think is best for the team. They also turn their attention to offseason plans, potential moves and tough looming decision for the front office down the line.

Injured forward Andre Iguodala continues to search for ways to return from a leg injury in time for the NBA Finals. But facing Golden State will be a much bigger challenge than Indiana, Toronto and Boston could provide. It was far from his best series.