Sharing over shooting: How the Warriors passed by the Rockets

It's Déjà Vu All Over Again: Warriors To Meet Cavs In NBA Finals

The Warriors are about to win their second straight National Basketball Association championship and their third in the last four seasons - all of them coming at the expense of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who won't have enough even if LeBron James plays to the absolute utmost of his capabilities. The Cavaliers may have LeBron James, but they're going to be the biggest underdog in a Finals since his career started in 2003.

All games will air live in a repeat of last year's historic bilingual simulcast starting Game 1, which will be hosten by the Warriors, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

The Houston Rockets didn't have an injured Chris Paul on the court once again, and once again the Golden State Warriors proved the victors with a 101-92 win in the first Game 7 of a Western Conference Finals since 2016, when the Warriors beat the Oklahoma Thunder.

"We're all going to try to paint a picture of there's a chance that Cleveland could win, and when you get to the Finals and that's really, really hard to picture in your own mind how a team could win, it's a letdown", he said.

Houston's futility from deep - they finished shooting 7-44 from the three-point line - contributed to the Rockets blowing a 15-point lead in the second half and costing themselves a Finals berth.

"I walked in at halftime, and I said, I don't even recognize this team". That Cavs' team had Kyrie Irving as their No.2 scorer, and they were facing a Warriors' team that had yet to sign Kevin Durant.

Oddsmakers are in agreement, and have made the Cavaliers a 12-point underdog for Game 1 on Thursday night - the largest point spread for a Finals-opening game since peach baskets.

This postseason, there is one thing Warriors forward Draymond Green is doing almost twice as much as some of his high-profile teammates, more than LeBron James and more than every playmaking point guard that was in the playoffs - passing the ball.

James powered Cleveland in the playoffs by sheer force of will, lifting the Cavs on his shoulders to book their 4th finals meeting in a row against the Warriors.

The Warriors' coach claimed that had Igoudala been fit, his team would've beaten Houston in five games instead of needing a Game 7. "Then once we get in the trenches, I'll be happy with whoever we've got". It's hard to make a convincing case for Cleveland, and both analysts said the Cavs would need to be almost flawless to win even one game. In 2017, Golden State reclaimed the title. To be clear, here we're looking at the raw differential, not per 100 possessions.

Same goes for the Warriors.

"That's what C.P. was so good at in two [of the] games we won", D'Antoni told reporters.

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