LeBron James must save the NBA Playoffs

These two have plenty of history, as they have met in the last two NBA Finals.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has Golden State as a minus-260 favorite compared with Cleveland at plus-220.

James scored 35 points in the series-clinching victory against the Boston Celtics to reach 5,995 points, taking him past the previous mark of 5,987 set by basketball great Jordan.

"The whole underdog thing is amusing to me, because yeah, at the end of the day we are defending our title", Cavs forward Kevin Love said following Saturday's practice. "We want to go take back a championship, that's just the nature of a competitor and I think that's the mindset of everyone in this organization to go take back what they took from us". We're not using that as an excuse.

"They're a tough team to go against regardless", Love said.

As mentioned above, I feel this works perfectly in Cleveland's favor as they can play the "underdog" role and play from the shadows. "I think Kevin is ready and hopefully the minutes don't go down".

The Cavaliers are averaging 116.8 points per game this postseason while the Warriors are putting up 118.3 ppg, and the two conference champs have combined for an 18-7 Over/Under count in the playoffs.

James entered the game 27 points behind Jordan.

Green is three inches shorter than Love and is quicker.

"We tried to always add depth at the forward position to keep alive body on LeBron", Butler said of how the Wizards tried to counteract young LeBron.

The Celtics, who are missing their best player, injured guard Isaiah Thomas, led by as many as 16 points in the first half and appeared primed to stun Cleveland again while James flirted with disaster.

Finals week has arrived, but three more days of build up still remain before Warriors-Cavaliers, Act 3.

He's passed one Hall of Famer after another in various career accomplishments, most recently moving past none other than Michael Jordan for the top spot on the league's all-time postseason scoring list.

Notes: Center Zaza Pachulia, who missed Games 3 and 4 at San Antonio in the Western Conference finals with a bruised right heel, is back going through full practices in preparation to play in his first career Finals.

While his offense spells destruction most of the time against enemies, his defense is also nearly always a win-stopper. It's the matchup most expected, the matchup most predicted, and probably the matchup the Cavaliers and Warriors wanted as well.

The NBA finals came around and thrilling game after thrilling game, the Warriors lead the Cavaliers 3-1 in what would seem to end in a convincing 4-1 close-out in last year's finals. "We have a bigger goal in mind".

This will be a match-up of some of the greatest players ever to step foot on a basketball court. I started to slash more and move more without the ball, shoot more standstill 3s and figure out ways I could be more productive than just having the ball in isolation.

"The kid is special", James said. Cleveland is expecting another unflinching effort in Game 5 from a Celtics team that isn't backing down despite facing a 3-1 deficit in the series.

The shooting gap is wider for Stephen Curry, who is shooting 50 percent at home, but 44 percent on the road.

"The biggest thing for me sitting here today after breaking the record is that I did it just being me". "I mean he's one of the most competitive players in the league and he kind of spoke this into existence".

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