Warriors confirm Iguodala to miss NBA Finals opener

Rockets guard James Harden

The Warriors are overwhelming favorite to defend their title, but can LeBron James raise the bar yet again in what could be his last ever series with the Cavs?

The Warriors are heavy, heavy favorites in the two teams' fourth consecutive Finals meeting, however, and just about no one is giving Cleveland a chance, James' brilliance be damned. The team was +360 when they played the San Antonio Spurs in the 2007 NBA Finals, sportsoddhistory.com noted. Had some really bad days.

Once the buzzer sounded and the 101-92 Game 7 win over Houston was official, the Warriors could exhale.

"Based on how long it's been and when it happened, I'm not that far away", Iguodala told reporters on Wednesday.

Sitting on the sidelines and watching his team lose to the Warriors, when he should've been playing in the biggest game of his life, was understandably tough for Paul to take and general manager Daryl Morey explained how he was finding it the hardest of anybody on the team. Just trying to get back as soon as possible. Cleveland's Game 7 triumph in Boston also came with the bonus of (hopefully) preventing speculation about LeBron's free-agent future from completely swallowing up the actual championship series. Even with that being said, the 10-year veteran is looking forward to making his finals debut for the Wine & Gold after beginning the year with the struggling Sacramento Kings. "However, the pain accompanying the bone bruise persists, as does inflammation of the nerve surrounding his left knee".

Still, he says the Cavs are 12-point underdogs in the first game. According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, CP3 has "already begun his recruitment of [LeBron] James to Houston". The Cavs don't have a good matchup for Kevin Durant (not that anyone does, but Trevor Ariza did a respectable job; now the defense of Durant likely falls to Jeff Green and LeBron).

On the graph below you'll see a line for each team's offense. You can't take any possessions off. But he's going to need some help. "They haven't seen us", Smith said.

He played two and a half seasons in Salt Lake City from 2007-10 and now averages 9.8 points as Cleveland's third-leading scorer. "But there's none of that hate stuff". The Rockets were up 3-2 at that point.

Iguodala, a member of the U.S. 2012 Olympic gold medal team, is in his 14th National Basketball Association season and fifth with the Warriors, with career averages of 12.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists a game.

"He has very, very quick hands". If the Warriors can get James exhausted, they will have an even better chance of winning this series.

Though no one appears to believe it will take almost that long.



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