Kevin Durant Says Warriors Knew James Harden Would 'Wear Down'

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James celebrates as his team pulls away from the Boston Celtics near the end of the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Sunday

Golden State Warriors take on the Cavs in the first of their NBA Finals series in the early hours of Friday morning.

The Golden State Warriors will go head-to-head against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season.

Harden finished with 32 points (on 12-for-29 shooting), six rebounds, and six rebounds, but he struggled in the second half.

And because they won a championship in 2016 together, the core four of James, Love, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson share something special. His struggles delighted his critics. Golden State played well, but it was also the biggest challenge the Warriors have faced since Kevin Durant joined forces with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Co.

"It sucks because you know you could win this series if we just had one more playmaker", Gordon said, via ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

LeBron James has rescued the Cavaliers from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals and just pulled them out of a 2-0 hole against Boston.

According to SportsOddsHistory.com, the Cavs, who now possess +650 (bet $100 to win $650) odds of winning the series, are the biggest Finals underdog since the website began tracking such data since 2002.

Had the Rockets, who set the record for most three-point field goals made in a season on their way to a league-best 65 wins, made a mere 25 percent of their three-point shots, instead of the 16 percent they did make, they would have beaten the Warriors and advanced to the finals.

His top scoring average in the playoffs came in Cleveland in 2009, when he averaged 35.3 points a game over 14 games. Think about it. The Warriors are down 11 at halftime on the road in Game 7 at Houston. "They are clearly the favorite, without question, but the luxury of having the best player in the world in that situation, anything can happen". There have been just two games in the 2018 National Basketball Association playoffs in which Cleveland has shot 40 percent or better from behind the arc while limiting opponents to 32 percent or less: Game 7 against the Toronto Raptors and Game 3 against the Boston Celtics.

The Cavaliers will need James at his best to even have a chance to beat the Warriors this year.

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