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Cavs-Warriors III: Ranking every player in the 2017 NBA Finals by importance

Is LeBron James, Steph Curry or Kevin Durant most important to who comes home with the title?<p>The matchup everyone has been waiting for is here. The 2017 NBA Finals pit the Golden State Warriors vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third straight time, the "three-match." These two teams know each …

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The opening NBA Finals odds don't make sense

Count me in the group of people who thinks the Golden State Warriors will emerge victorious from their third straight NBA Finals matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers.<p>But it’s going to be a hard-fought series, filled with twists, turns, physical play, trash-talk, you name it. And when the dust …

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This is Mike Brown’s chance for revenge on LeBron James

Golden State’s Mike Brown will coach the NBA Finals against the team that fired him. Twice.<p>And if Warriors-Cavaliers goes as expected, he’ll be …

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How the Warriors and Cavs grew to hate each other

The Warriors and Cavaliers making their third straight NBA Finals. LeBron James passing Michael Jordan for the most points scored in NBA Playoff history.<p>There are a ton of storylines entering into 2017 NBA Finals, but let us never forget that these teams legitimately hate each other.<p>The 2015 Finals …

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NBA Finals 2017: Draymond Green says Warriors 'more relaxed' this time around

The Warriors will attempt to claim their second title in three years<p>Last season, the Golden State Warriors had the best regular season of all-time, finishing with a historic 73 wins. As we all know, they weren't able to cap that off with a second straight championship, however, as they blew a 3-1 …

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Klay Thompson’s Signature Sneakers for the NBA Finals Are out Now

As the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors prepare to meet in the NBA Finals for a record third straight year, Warriors star Klay Thompson …

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Chris Paul Pursuit by Spurs Reportedly a Concern for Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly growing concerned about the Western Conference rival San Antonio Spurs making a serious push for superstar point guard Chris Paul during the offseason.<p>On Friday, Marc Stein of ESPN reported the Clippers are taking the Spurs' possible interest "very …

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Steward: Warriors in 5, hopefully with no strings or asterisks attached

Darting here and there …<p>–So here we go again. Warriors-Cavs III. It should be a thrilling, historic showdown and this is our only wish: No injuries …

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5 reasons Michael Jordan’s perfect 6-for-6 Finals record is overrated

Michael Jordan's undefeated NBA Finals record is one of the most astonishing accomplishments in all of professional sports.<p>It's also grossly …

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Predicting who wins Cavaliers-Warriors III

NBA Playoffs 2017: Full coverage<p>We've got you covered all the way through the Finals with the latest news, schedules, analysis and more. <b>2017 NBA</b> …

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Kevin Durant Says He's Not to Blame for NBA's Parity Concerns

Evidence of the NBA's lack of parity isn't hard to find since the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are playing in the NBA Finals for the third straight year, but Kevin Durant doesn't think his decision to join the Warriors is the reason for this.<p>Here's what Durant had to say about the …

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LeBron James pays heartfelt tribute to Michael Jordan after breaking record

James is now the king of career postseason points with 5,995 and counting<p>LeBron James did it. He outscored the greatest of all time.<p>With a 3-pointer …

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Steph Curry: Implying NBA lacks parity 'kinda disrespectful' to Warriors, Cavs

Perhaps the 28 other teams in the NBA need to get on the level of the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, who appear to be leaps and …

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Ten players taking a big risk in the NBA Draft but should have stayed in college

Some of these future NBA picks might work out, but others won't sniff being drafted<p>Now that we know, for good, who is returning to college and who is staying in the NBA Draft, let's move on for a moment from teams and instead talk about the prospects -- particularly the players who are staying in …

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The Spurs’ next great point guard might not be a free agent

While we wait and see who opts in, who opts out and (sigh) who retires in the coming weeks, how the Spurs evaluate their point-guard situation will …

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NBA Finals: This year a different story for Warriors

USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick breaks down how the Warriors seem primed for revenge in this year's NBA Finals against the Cavaliers. USA TODAY Sports

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Should the San Antonio Spurs Go All-in on 2017 Free Agency?

There is an expiration date on every NBA success story. Title windows are not forever, even when they seem that way. Longevity sometimes implies invincibility, but eventually, annual dominance takes a toll, and self-preservation becomes more about the capacity to reinvent without needing to …

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Was it petty or disrespectful? A review of the NBA playoffs so far

One of the 3,542,976 reasons the NBA is The Best is the relative freedom players have to truly express themselves on and off the court. The league …

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Even when facing Warriors, LeBron James always playing against Michael Jordan

Thirty days hath September. All the rest have basketball.<p>The end is nigh and about time. Promises must be kept, issues must be sorted, redemption must be redeemed. Excitement is not just expected but demanded.<p>In short, like the last three minutes of any NBA game, we can pay attention now.<p>It is …

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Khloe Kardashian called out Cavs fan who mentioned ‘curse’

Dec 13, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Television personality Khloe Kardashian seats in the box seats during a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and …

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The Celtics and Spurs Reached Their Peaks

Gregg Popovich and Brad Stevens ran into history. We knew <i>The Trilogy</i> was coming. LeBron James is going to his seventh(!) consecutive Finals. The …

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You couldn’t create a better script for the Warriors-Cavaliers trilogy

OAKLAND — If you could script the first NBA Finals trilogy in history — which is what the Warriors and Cavaliers have now created — you’d probably …

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Kevin Durant, alleged NBA villain, ignoring the noise: 'I'm at peace'

OAKLAND – The noise that surrounds Kevin Durant is growing louder by the minute.<p>But this isn’t the latest hot take about how the Golden State Warriors star is allegedly arrogant. Nor is this the chorus of nationwide boos relating to the lack of competition in the NBA playoffs, with Durant and his …

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The Most Overvalued NBA Free Agent at Every Position

Overpaying an NBA player doesn't necessarily mean that player is bad.<p>It's quite possible to give someone top-tier money merely to serve as a mid-tier contributor. You can hand someone a contract typically reserved for a starter when they're best suited as a stellar reserve. And when the free-agency …

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Mike Brown: Coaching against Cavs in NBA Finals is just 'the circle of life'

It's difficult to ignore the fact that Mike Brown - the current interim coach of the Golden State Warriors while Steve Kerr is on hiatus - once …

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Report: Clippers take the Spurs’ potential signing of Chris Paul "very seriously"

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, The Los Angeles Clippers are serious about the possibility of the Spurs’ signing Chris Paul.<p>The Clippers, I'm told, …

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Las Vegas loves the Warriors

Vegas is all-in on the Warriors.<p>The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook is listing Stephen Curry and his mates, who are undefeated this postseason, as heavy …

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Celtics aim to build on successful season

BOSTON -- Trash bags brimming with personal effects -- game-worn jerseys, unworn sneakers and well-worn iPhone cables -- were scattered about an …

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LeBron James: Kyrie Irving 'Was Born to Play One-on-One'

LeBron James considers Kyrie Irving to be one of the greatest one-on-one players in NBA history.<p>James says his teammate “was born” to go mano-a-mano …

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LeBron James' hold on Eastern Conference bedevils Bulls, then and now

As the car carrying the Bulls contingent traveled to the Cleveland airport on July 3, 2010, cautious optimism hung in the air.<p>Jerry Reinsdorf, John …

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