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SAN ANTONIO TX- MAY 22 Assistant General Manager Travis Schlenk of the Golden State Warriors looks on against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2217 NBA Playoffs

The Cavs bench showed no let-up to seal their third straight championship showdown with the Golden State Warriors. The first "threematch" - rematch of a rematch - in league history.

Maybe the most discouraging thing for Boston - beyond not having a healthy Thomas for this series - was the way Cleveland dominated. Now they are turning their attention to the Warriors for Game 1. And in Game 7, with LeBron James notching a triple double plus a massive block and the dagger three-point shot from Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers won the game and the title, ending a sports championship drought the city of Cleveland had been living under since 1964. "But we're going to enjoy this for a couple more days before we have to lock in on that juggernaut out west". They lost the first two games at home in the first round against Chicago, then came back to win four in a row. Cleveland won by one point on Christmas Day and Golden State prevailed by 35 on January 16.

Although he ruled himself out of Game 1, Kerr left the door open to returning during the rematch of the last two NBA Finals. In this season's playoffs leading up to Game 5 against Boston, James averaged 32.2 points and shot 55.4% from the field, including 40.6% on threes, in 12 games.

And while Durant has been a huge factor in why the Warriors have looked so deadly, Stephen Curry deserves his fair praise.

"I never thought I could get to a point where Mike was". So you have to appreciate it. ...

Already, the back-and-forth is underway.

Whether he coaches or not, Kerr said he plans on flying to Cleveland with Golden State for Games 3 and 4. Golden State still finished at the top of the West.

The Cavaliers, who rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Warriors in last year's NBA Finals, set an NBA record in winning their 13th straight playoff series potential closeout game.

Golden State led the league with a 67-15 record this season and is 27-1 in its last 28 games, including the playoffs. But there's also a clear respect level between the clubs as well. So it makes it even more hard. They're going to challenge our ballclub.

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It will mark the seventh straight trip to the Finals for James. I couldn't get past him.

"I'm not a scorer", James said.

They'll collide again, starting next week.

"It's a little different, definitely".

"Eastern Conference finals, that's the biggest stage I've ever been on", Thomas said at the team's practice facility in Waltham, Massachusetts. "I'm going to Cleveland". "We'll see how they match up against Golden State and how that goes".

The storylines are many.

And now, James has a chance to win another. Can Durant win his first?

The 51-year-old Kerr underwent a procedure May 5 to fix a spinal fluid leak stemming from complications after a pair of back surgeries in 2015, after the Warriors won their first championship in 40 years during his first season as coach.

"I've always told you guys, anytime I'm linked to any of the greats, even the greatest in Mike, it's just an honour", James told reporters Thursday morning with the milestone looming. But they displayed their superiority over the final two games to wrap up the series.

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