Third time around for Cavaliers-Warriors

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This year's NBA Finals is historic, as the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are meeting for the third straight year on June 1. Should Cleveland win the series, it would be the 12th time in National Basketball Association history that a team has won consecutive National Basketball Association titles, and the first since the Lakers did so in 2009 and 2010.

Now, The King faces Golden State again, but this time the Warriors have added Kevin Durant to its stacked roster of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

The addition of Kevin Durant to the Warriors makes for one more thing LeBron James and the Cavaliers have to contend with.

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Kevin Love has emerged as the player LeBron James yearned to see and the power forward could be a pivotal contributor for the Cleveland Cavaliers in their quest to repeat as National Basketball Association champions. The Warriors will be counting on Durant to lead the charge for redemption, which will also cement Durant's legacy as an all-time great. They have chemistry. It has only gotten better all year. "That's the only pressure I worry about", Durant said. The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. Two things stand out about Warriors-Cavs III - the rivalry that has blossomed between these two teams, and their overall greatness. Even though we have the best player in the world (LeBron James) on our team, you still can't take it for granted.

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SMALL FORWARD: Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James.

Durant says he can take little from his prior finals trip or enduring critics of his move from Oklahoma City, seeing all past experience as part of what has made him the player he is now.

"Our relationship is very good", James said of Durant. "I don't know if "3-1" has been mentioned in our locker room one time this year", Green insisted. I can't go out there and do everything on my own, or I can't go out there and just let my team mates do all the work for me. With the 22nd defense of the league and problems with clinching the game, there were doubts if they can get past Boston or even Toronto in the conference semis.

While the Golden State Warriors seem to be the overwhelming betting favorites for the NBA Finals, they should not be looked at as underdogs. The last team to enter the NBA Finals without a loss was the 2001 Los Angeles Lakers (11-0). He may not be out there long if the Warriors decide they need more mobility against Thompson, who is almost averaging a double-double and shooting 60 percent while creating plenty of extra possessions with his offensive rebounding for the Cavaliers. His coach that year was Mike Brown, who has served as acting coach for the Warriors while Steve Kerr is out following complications from back surgery.

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