Van Gundy sees Cavs-Warriors as total mismatch

Van Gundy sees Cavs-Warriors as total mismatch

Van Gundy sees Cavs-Warriors as total mismatch

Jeff Green took Love's spot in the starting lineup as the Cavs won Game 7, 87-79.

"LeBron feels completely worn out and gassed after a long season practically carrying his team all the way back to the NBA Finals". He got heavy run in the Boston series, putting up one double-double and scoring double-digit points three times, all in Cleveland wins.

Van Gundy, pride of Alhambra High School in Martinez, and Jackson, who preceded Steve Kerr as coach of the Warriors, are leaning toward a Warriors victory in four games - only because three games is mathematically impossible. May 29 10:27 PM ESPN's Zach Lowe joins Howard to break down both game 7s of the conference finals, speculate on Houston's sustainability and reliance on "iso ball", Golden State's vulnerability, and rank LeBron James' achievements.

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.

To reach this point was no easy task for either Cleveland or Golden State.

May 29 05:40 PM Chase and Chris gave their reactions to the NBA Finals matchup between the Warriors and Cavs and looked at what's next for the Celtics and Rockets now that they've lost.

The Warriors were without 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala for the last four games of the series, and the Rockets were without nine-time All-Star Chris Paul in Games 6 and 7. The Cavaliers turned it around the following season and won their first championship in 2016 beating the Warriors. It's a small sample size, but when Love scores at least 20 points this postseason, Cleveland is 3-1. He has averaged 34 points, 9.2 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game in the playoffs.

On the other, the best player of this era and maybe any era.

The Cavaliers, meanwhile, were +250 underdogs past year, far less extreme than their +650 line this time around. "I think no matter who came out of the West and who came out of the East, the Western Conference victor would have been the prohibitive favorite, for many different reasons", he said. So yes, a big part of this series will come down to James, though even a series of superhuman performances won't do the job if he doesn't get enough help from his teammates. Those teams were much more evenly matched with stacked squads of talent.

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