Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
Sports | By Angel Morales

LeBron undaunted by challenge of facing Warriors in Finals

Now, Brown will be facing James as an opponent in the finals.

The Warriors are stomach-churning scary.

A few things happened in between these two NBA Finals appearances. After all, he has slayed behemoths before.

The Warriors bring four of the top 15-20 guys in the National Basketball Association (depending on where you want to rank Klay Thompson), with two of then in the top five with Durant and Stephen Curry.

Is this the biggest challenge of his career?

At practice Saturday, Love said he finds it amusing everyone is labeling the Cavaliers underdogs against the Warriors.

This is James' eighth Finals overall, including his first trip with the Cavs against San Antonio, and this is the sixth time his team was the underdog heading into the series according to ESPN's stats shop.

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"I've played against four Hall of Famers as well, too, with Manu (Ginobili), Kawhi (Leonard), Tony (Parker) and Timmy D (Tim Duncan) on the same team", said James, occasionally sniffling as he continues to fight a cold. And if you add Pop (Gregg Popovich) in there, that's five hall of famers.

"So it's going to be very challenging". "Those guys are going to challenge me, they're going to challenge our ballclub".

"This is a high-powered team".

"I've played against Ray (Allen), KG (Kevin Garnett), Paul (Pierce), (Rajon) Rondo and Doc (Rivers)".

"This is a high powered's going to be very challenging not only on me mentally but on our ballcub and on our franchise". They may be defending champions and they may have LeBron James, but against Golden State, they are definite underdogs.

For the third straight year, it's Cleveland and Golden State in the NBA Finals. "I feel like if we weren't, there would be a problem", he said.James, who earlier on Thursday suggested comparisons were only for "barbershops", tried to sidestep the Jordan topic."With this team, the center position is one that we're looking for", he said.

Hard to believe, but this version - with Durant - might be even better.

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Durant, who previously faced James in the 2012 Finals with Oklahoma City, has taken a great team and elevated it to a almost unstoppable level.

"Everyone wants to say, 'Ah man, this is boring and this, that and the other, ' but you usually don't appreciate something until you don't have it anymore", Draymond Green said. However, what makes the Warriors more unsafe is the way they buy into the offensive system, move the ball and set screens/move off it, all of which makes them greater than just the sum of their parts. So, it's the right thing to do.

"He's one of the most risky guys we have in the world already", James said. Obviously adding an MVP to a team that already has a two-time MVP makes them even more impressive.

Iguodala has averaged 25.3 minutes and 6.5 points per game in the playoffs for the Warriors, but was limited to 12.8 minutes and 2.8 points per game against the Spurs in the Western Conference finals.

So the Warriors may cause him stress, but it's not like James is entering the Finals with a bare cupboard.

The only time James won a championship while favored was the Heat's 2013 win over the star-studded Spurs.

What does matter is that the 32-year-old is having one of his finest postseasons, and the Cavs are gelling the way they did at this time last year. Maybe it was the way Pat Riley treated him or perhaps what that series taught James about his team.

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