Warriors coach Steve Kerr said: "It's not going to be easy".
A physical, heated and emotional game marked the start of the fourth finals in a row between the teams and the eighth in a row involving James, who echoed Lue's theft theme. But after the Warriors destroyed the Cavaliers a year ago, it seemed unnecessary for them to play again.
Golden State won the 2015 and 2017 crowns.
The best-of-seven series against the Cleveland Cavaliers begins Thursday night (8 ET, ABC). "This game is over and done with".
Let's be clear: The Warriors aren't here because of luck. "That won't diminish who they are and what they did". They have four All-Stars in the same lineup. It had all the makings of some sort of knee structural disaster - the hit came from the side, Thompson twisted awkwardly, went down in a heap and was obviously in immediate, intense pain.
He was back in a few minutes.
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"I was trying to get enough (space) to bring it out to get a shot off", Smith said.
Instead, the game went to overtime. If he wins this series, I think he cements his spot in National Basketball Association history.
"I'll pick his brain about some things. some tendencies of LeBron, the fact of the switches or small things like that to help me out", Looney said.
From Cleveland's perspective, bad things. First it was the controversial reversal of a block/charge call that James at least temporarily drew on Kevin Durant.
Iguodala said he doesn't have any doubts he will be able to return during the finals, though his patience is tested.
James was well outside the area, and the Cavs didn't buy the explanation. I'm pretty sure everybody didn't think I was going to shoot it over KD right there. Big break No. 3.
As part of its coverage, ESPN will unveil its first "NBA Surround" feature, which will include pre-game and in-game second-screen streaming offerings for every game and dedicated post-game shows on ESPN2 or ESPNEWS. "We practice in training camp, contest every shot, so I don't know why I got thrown out". "He wasn't close", coach Tyronn Lue said. The home team left happy.
Joe Giglio: Golden State is an all-time great team. Those are the ones we want to take away.