The fact that this team sleep-walked through the regular season only to make another final has got to be a thorn in the side of the mass National Basketball Association fandom public. "I can't - I can't think of a bigger gap from a team perspective". The team was +360 when they played the San Antonio Spurs in the 2007 NBA Finals, sportsoddhistory.com noted.
The NBA is in store for a landscape-changing summer, and I have a feeling GM Daryl Morey and the Rockets organization may be right in the middle of the chaos, gunning for yet another shot at Golden State next year. Cleveland needs "to be lights-out from three-point line to have a chance to win a game". "With our winning and the stories around the league about our locker room, our players and our coaches, we are going to have our pick of plenty of free agents out there".
The former Michigan State star averaged a triple-double against New Orleans in the Conference Semis (14.8ppg, 11.8rpg, 10apg) - becoming the first Warrior ever to do so - and Golden State remains undefeated all-time (26-0) when the mercurial forward notches a trifecta, including their win over Cleveland on Christmas Day.
But I have a lot of friends - several of them who are senior citizens - and they absolutely love the Cavaliers.
Golden State is an enormous favorite to repeat and defeat Cleveland to win their third title in four years.
Said Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Wednesday: "He's frustrated". "It's as simple as that".
In Game 5, the Rockets suffered their own, more serious injury: Chris Paul.
While the Warriors mostly stood pat - reupping their core and adding a few minor pieces - the Cavaliers saw massive overhaul in the offseason.
Last year, the Warriors swept the entire Western Conference and only lost one game in their championship run.
James, whose 102 million combined social media followers leads all National Basketball Association players, has stressed being fit to play this season, the first in which he did not miss a regular-season contest.
Playing the "what if" game is a no-lose proposition that can extend to infinity.
There was a time not too long ago that Kevin Durant and Jeff Green were seen as the faces of the now defunct Seattle Supersonics NBA franchise. His status will be closely monitored by everyone leading up to Game 1 and beyond.
James certainly understands what the Warriors are missing without Iguodala's presence and athleticism. Having four of the league's top 20 players helps. For the first six games, each team protected their home court. "That's if you're lucky, you'll get to that point", James said.
"I don't know where they will fall in my book, but they will have a nice chapter", James said Wednesday. "But there's a weight to that".
That will be especially true in this series against Golden State's firepower.
When Nichols asked if James' relationship with Gilbert would affect his free-agency decision, James said, "We're going to see". "I'm not going to say zero-percent chance", he said. For those that have faith in LeBron James and the underdog Cavaliers, their odds are set at +650, meaning a $100 bet would earn a $650 return should they pull off the upset.