Why the Cleveland Cavaliers will win the NBA Finals

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May 29 02:17 PM The Ringer's John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to react to LeBron James's Cleveland Cavaliers advancing past the Boston Celtics to the Finals (2:33).

LeBron James (L) against Stephen Curry during the second half in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue says his team doesn't need it. "LeBron is hoping that after a few days off he will be ready to go when the Finals start", a source close to number 23 tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.

"No matter what the story line is going to be, no matter if we're picked to win or not, let's just go out and play ball", James said.

If this was the circus, the ringmaster would bark out, "And now, for what could be his final act as a Cleveland Cavalier, the great LeBron James will try to de-throne the NBA's kings, the Golden State Warriors".

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Eclipsing the previous high of the May 27 Cavs-Celtics game by 13% in the early metrics, Monday's Western Conference Finals Game 7 was also the second highest-rated National Basketball Association game ever on cable after the 2016 WCF Game 7 between the Warriors and Thunder. According to NBA.com, the Rockets shot just 1-for-16 on three-pointers considered "open" or when a defender is four to six feet away from the shooter. Still, this series isn't a slam dunk, and several players on each side will determine how it goes. Cleveland defeated Golden State in Game 3 of the 2016 Finals when Love was sidelined. It was time for Kevin Durant to take over.

"Sort of exhausted of Cleveland, to be honest", Lacob said following Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. He has averaged 34 points, 9.2 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game in the playoffs.

The Texas-based outfit secured the number one seed in the west for the first time in franchise history and won a record 65 games in the regular season.

The Cavaliers, meanwhile, were +250 underdogs previous year, far less extreme than their +650 line this time around. Cleveland is an inferior defensive team to Houston, and Durant should have more opportunities to make things happen, both for himself and for his teammates. "I think it's awesome for the league to have tremendous star power on the biggest, brightest stage". "So I always have felt vulnerable, even though people may not believe that".

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