The NBA Finals get underway Thursday. Golden State Warriors are being hailed as overwhelming favorites to repeat as champions but Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James isn’t having any of it.
After overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to beat Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State opened as -185 favorite at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook Monday, with the Cavs a +165 underdog to win their first title in history. By Tuesday morning, Warriors became a -210 favorite and Cleveland a +180 underdog.
LeBron James not bothered about Vegas odds
Despite the odds heavily stacked against the Cavs, James has an eye on his third championship. “Not my concern,” James said Tuesday when asked about the Vegas odds. “I don’t get involved in all of that — underdog, overdog, whatever the case may be. It’s stupidity,” added the two-time Finals MVP.
The Warriors have defeated the Cavs in their last five match-ups including Games 4, 5 and 6 of last year’s Finals, besides two regular season games this season. Despite all those defeats, James believes his team is in a good position to tame the Golden State juggernaut. “We’re better built to start the Finals than we were last year. Doesn’t matter who it’s against. I mean, that’s not a headline. It’s obvious.”
LeBron James isn’t far off. After all, the Cavs were without Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving last year. Even though the Cavs are fully loaded this time around, most insiders reckon the Warriors have grown from strength-to-strength after registering an NBA record 73 regular season victories. And James realizes it won’t be an easy task to win four games against the defending champions.
Kyrie Irving has forgotten January blowout
Kyrie Irving, the team’s point guard, has already erased from his memory the 34-point drubbing his team suffered at the hands of Warriors on January 18. “In January? I don’t remember it. No, the Finals are the Finals. Just happy that we’re back here again.” |Game Recap|
If Thunder had prevailed out of the West, Cleveland would have enjoyed home court advantage. But James reckoned it won’t make a difference. “It didn’t matter,” James said, when asked if his team preferred facing Thunder. “Like Coach (Tyronn) Lue said, we’re just waiting on the winner. We’re fortunate to be here and we look forward to the challenge. It’s an unbelievable team that we’re going against. Hats off.”
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