Stephen Curry Is No Fan Of People Disrespecting LeBron James' Teammates

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LeBron James will get a couple days to catch his breath, then make his annual June journey to Golden State or down to Houston to face a team far better than his.

It was already insane that this core got any experience in the Eastern Conference Finals last season.

In a game featuring nine lead changes and a 78-74 margin with just 2:34 remaining, the overwhelming presence of LeBron James, combined with the lack of experience among several key Boston Celtics players, ultimately saw the Cavaliers wind up victorious, 87-79.

Three years ago, he missed the entirety of the Cavaliers' NBA Finals series with the Warriors due to a separated shoulder. He lost his first two appearances with the Cavaliers in 2007 and Miami Heat in 2011.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James shoots the basketball during NBA Finals media day at Oracle Arena.

Game 1 between the Warriors and Cavs will tip-off from Oakland on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.

Exactly what level James can produce in the final is uncertain after playing 100 games in the season and playoffs combined since late October.

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"That's the conversation I had with T-Lue", Green said.

Of Cleveland's five leading scorers against Golden State this season, three no longer play for the Cavaliers. I just go out and play my game.

It's tempting to view all of LeBron James' theatrics with a tint of cynicism. He started for Kevin Love and scored 19 points with eight rebounds, and provided the versatility to switch onto any Boston player on defense in what was Cleveland's best defensive performance statistically of the entire season.

The Celtics have had more time to get used to their injuries: Gordon Hayward has been out since the first game of the season, and Kyrie Irving has been sidelined since March. As always, there are some obvious winners and some that are up for debate, but we won't know for sure how they'll shake out until the Monday, June 25 award show.

Celtics: Tatum is the first rookie to have 10 or more playoff games with at least 20 points since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1970.

"I talked about the pain is part of the path", Stevens said. Love shot below 40 percent from the field again a year ago, averaging 16.0 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.

However, the Celtics' starting backcourt duo of Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown combined to go 3-of-22 from 3-point range.