Underdog Cavs insist they have plenty of bite for Finals

I think we will use it as fuel.

Game 1 will tip off on Thursday night just after 9 p.m. ET.

"Yeah, he was with the Spurs and I was with the Lakers and we had a little shooting contest and I lost", Lue said.

Maybe, but as the teams gear up for Thursday nights series opener in Oakland, comments made by Warriors forward Draymond Green in October are reverberating around Cleveland.

"I will be back at Sonoma", he said of the September 17 season finale, "because I want to". It's the matchup most expected, the matchup most predicted, and probably the matchup the Cavaliers and Warriors wanted, as well.

They parked the house halfway down the main entrance of zMAX Dragway and right beside the main camping office. They've played this same franchise three years in a row now so they have to feel pretty comfortable facing them once again.

Cleveland came through the East by winning 12 of their 13 games and will look to defend their title against the Warriors, who were a flawless 12-0 as they came through the Western Conference play-offs. Even with the addition of Kevin Durant, the Cavs know they beat this team past year and there's no reason for them to not believe they can't win again. Its tough to say that we didnt expect it; we knew theyd be right there.”.

After the team returned from Boston in the wee hours Friday morning, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue didn't go to bed and immediately began working on a game plan to stifle Golden State's powerful, multi-faceted offense.

The Warriors are using Durant the way he envisioned, but Lue has noticed changes in the All-Star.

Thomas said he never doubted that coach Brad Stevens and general manager Danny Ainge were more concerned about his future than getting him back into the game. "He's doing a lot more movement, which makes it even tougher to guard after being one of the tougher scorers I've ever seen". "It's gonna be a great series", Lue said.

Words don't mean much now - not his, not Green's - and neither do underdog labels.

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“Were not going to use that as motivation, ” Lue said. That's enough motivation alone. Were not using that as an excuse. Our goals were set at the beginning of the season, and thats to win a championship.

On Saturday, we got another look into how the Warriors view Cleveland, this time through the eyes of Steph Curry. "So that's what we're focused on".

OddsShark.com posted its NBA Finals MVP odds on Tuesday, even before the Cavs clinched the Eastern Conference title again.


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