LeBron James -- Faith in Cleveland Cavaliers shaken midseason

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Though things initially didn't seem to be in the Cavs' favor, James advanced to his eighth straight NBA Finals after besting the Celtics in a seven-game series.

The Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors meet in Game 1 at 9 p.m. on May 31 in Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Tatum went on to give some cliche analysis about how anything can happen in the National Basketball Association, but it's quite obvious he doesn't give Cleveland much of a chance against Golden State. In two regular-season matchups with Golden State this year, he averaged 24.0 points and 12.5 rebounds. Hood did drop 26 against Golden State on December 27 as a member of the Utah Jazz, for what it's worth.

But it's fair to say that not everybody is happy to see the Cavs and Warriors doing battle again and the latest instalment of this rivalry has received mixed reviews.

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James discussed this season at length in a very interesting and honest interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols, in which he laments the season getting off to a bad start in the offseason with trading Kyrie Irving. I think that one way the Cavs can make things interesting is by dominating on the glass.

Despite the heroic effort of James to get the Cavaliers to the Finals, the outcome feels like a foregone conclusion.

"And I thought in the second half - that effort just ended up wearing them down". A big three consisting of James, Paul and James Harden could be enough to dethrone Golden State in the Western Conference.

NO REST FOR THE WEARY: With only two days between games after the Warriors eliminated the Rockets 101-92 on Monday night, Draymond Green is happy to have an opponent in Cleveland he knows so well.

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Maybe Boston would've ended James' streak of NBA Finals if not the absences of Irving and Gordon Hayward.

It's extremely tiring to defend Durant, and that's what James had to do nearly every possession previous year, unless Richard Jefferson was in (and when that happened, Durant almost always scored on Jefferson).

Had the Warriors stayed their course more consistently, they would had to play fewer games against Houston. The team won every game Damasen performer during leading up to Damasen's Game 1 performance. And he certainly looks like less of a superstar than Durant, who himself will retire as one of the league's all-time greats.

"I've tried to put this franchise at a level that is always seen in a positive light", James said.

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