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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry right celebrates after they defeated the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals Monday

Iguodala, a 34-year-old swingman who was the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in Golden State's 2015 championship campaign and a key reserve in last season's 16-1 playoff run to the crown.

The Cavaliers might be back in the NBA Finals, but there was a point where even LeBron James wasn't sure what direction Cleveland was going in. They were down 3-2 in the Western Conference finals before Chris Paul went down with a hamstring injury. According to NBA.com, the Warriors' Game 7 win over the Houston Rockets on Monday was the second-most watched NBA game in cable TV history when it peaked at 18 million viewers. It's yet another credit to James that he was able to win the final two games of the Eastern Conference finals with Love sidelined after colliding with Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum in the opening minutes of Game 6. Unlike 2016 when Cleveland had Irving and Love and Golden State did not have Durant, there are simply too many individual matchups working in favor of the defending National Basketball Association champion Warriors and against the Cavaliers in this series.

Kevin Durant and LeBron James both offered direct responses Wednesday when asked if they thought a fourth straight NBA Finals matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors was bad for the league. In terms of matchups, the Warriors are clearly the better team at nearly every position and they have the benefit of home-court advantage.

"This is the biggest difference that I remember between two teams heading into the Finals in my time in the NBA", Van Gundy said.

If we've learned one thing about a LeBron James-led Cavs team, it's that you can't give them a window and that you should never prolong that which you think is inevitable.

"I don't know if she believed me, and I don't know if you guys believe me, but I really felt that", James said.

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"The thing that I'm most impressed with him is his ability to just keep on going, recover mentally, physically", Korver said. "Just trying to figure out how to move in general". "When it comes to team sports, that's something that you would hope that you could be a part of".

Outside of James, these Cavs are drastically different than the team the Warriors played in last year's NBA Finals. I got treatment on the 4½-hour flight up here.

That leaves the Rockets with only one option: a sign-and-trade.

Hill's up-and-down play during the playoffs has become a microcosm for Cleveland's wild swings in the postseason.

Golden State has outscored its opponents by a ridiculous 130 points in the third quarter in these playoffs - an average of 7.6 points a game - and was even better against the Houston Rockets, with a 67-point advantage over seven games.

Back home, fireworks went off in the East Bay as everyone anticipates another battle with King James. He has started in all but one of Cleveland's playoff games this year but will have a tough assignment on his hands against Warriors star Stephen Curry. "We've been counted out for a long time this season". However, the Warriors caught up soon enough and then left them in a trail of smoke as they won 118-108.

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