Warriors coach Steve Kerr went with Looney against Houston but could go a number of ways in this series, with JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia and Jordan Bell among his options.
The Golden State Warriors pose with the Western Conference trophy after defeating the Houston Rockets in Game 7 on May 28, 2018.
Iguodala, who missed the last four games of the Western Conference final with a bone bruise in his left leg, was evaluated by team doctors on Tuesday, the Warriors said on Wednesday.
But he knows the Warriors will continue to be the league's benchmark and they'll have to figure out a way to beat them if they hope to win a championship.
Cleveland and Golden State were stressed and stretched to their limits in the conference finals this time around, leaving little time to recoup and prepare for their latest showdown in the NBA Finals.
The Houston Rockets set a franchise record this season when they won 65 games - a mark good enough to make them as the best team in the National Basketball Association (for the regular season, that is).
"This is the biggest difference that I remember between two teams heading into the Finals in my time in the NBA", Van Gundy said. But we noted, as well, that they would miss Irving when things got crunchy in the postseason.
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"For me as a competitor, it's fun".
"The thing that I'm most impressed with him is his ability to just keep on going, recover mentally, physically", Korver said. In each of the final two games, they also needed to bounce back from a double-digit deficit at halftime.
James is averaging 34 points, 9.2 rebounds and 8.8 assists in these playoffs. "Just because of the 18 of a possible 21 Finals games that I've played against them in the last three years, I figured out that they could make it happen".
LeBron James is arguably the greatest basktball player of all-time. "That's if you're lucky, you'll get to that point", James said. Kerr acknowledged the struggles of keeping his team motivated this season, even letting the players coach themselves in timeouts during one game. When they lose, it's because Steph Curry played poorly. LeBron James willed his Cavaliers back to the big stage with another spectacular performance against Boston.
"You've just got to stay locked in".
"They were devastated. we thought we were so close", D'Antoni said.
Despite being 33 and surrounded by post-season rookies, James has continued to dominate and has posted 40-plus points in seven different playoff matches and three triple-doubles. Cleveland dealt their superstar point guard this offseason, scraping together some decent role players through a montage of trades. If Capela and CP3 receive the contracts that they feel like they deserve from the Rockets, then there's no way that the team can sign LeBron outright.
With such a odd season the Cavaliers have been playing as the underdog throughout this postseason.