Van Gundy sees Cavs-Warriors as total mismatch

The Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets last night

An important face was missing from the moment: Andre Iguodala.

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. According to ESPN, the Warriors opened as 12-point favorites for Thursday night's Game 1, which is tied for the largest point spread in an NBA Finals game since 2001, when the Los Angeles Lakers were a 12-point favorite over Allen Iverson's Philadelphia Sixers in Game 1. Cleveland's Kevin Love is in concussion protocol, so he might not be ready, either. Then (31:00): they discuss Kevin Durant's unusual series, a cryptic post-game comment, and the future of Steve Kerr ...

That slogan, plastered on just about everything connected with the Cavaliers in this playoff run, pushed them through the Pacers, Raptors and Celtics in the Eastern Conference to set up a fourth consecutive Finals duel with the Warriors beginning at 9 p.m.

Durant, who has averaged 29.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game this postseason, said he can not control his on-court performance being compared to James. "In a different way".

Yet here they are in a familiar spring spot as June approaches. The Warriors will make you pay the price for making mistakes. Viewershipwise, the 2018 WCF is up 45% over last year's conference.

There is clearly some relief to be back where this All-Star group expected to be all along.

Draymond Green smooched his 1-year-old son, Draymond Jr.

Then the offense went back to Durant. That's a lot more than his next-closest teammate, Stephen Curry (49), and more than Chris Paul (45.2), the leader of the Rockets, whom the Warriors just vanquished in seven games.

It's an interesting debate that we will never get an answer to.

The fact that this is the fourth year in a row in which the teams are meeting in the final - an unprecedented streak in major North American pro sports - can be looked at either way. "So all the smiles and embraces you have with your teammates, your coaches, it's well deserved". The Cavs might follow the Rockets' gameplan and try to slow things down to a crawl against Golden State, and not having Iguodala could swing a few possessions towards the Cavs.

The Cavaliers, on the other hand, still have LeBron James on their side - arguably the greatest player in his generation.

"One of the most challenging seasons I've had", said James, who may be playing the best basketball of his life right now at the end of his 15th season.

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