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Kevin Durant's non-foul on LeBron James looms large in Warriors' run

Kevin Durant's non-foul on LeBron James looms large in Warriors' run

They easily have the best 2018 NBA Finals betting odds.

"We're obviously just getting started", the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player said.

Averaging over 30 points per game against Cleveland, he went toe-to-toe with LeBron James - and beat him. "They're going to be the highest favourite we've ever had going into a season, any team in any sport", Jeff Serman, an odds maker at the Westgate SuperBook, was quoted as saying by ESPN. So there's going to be a lot of teams that's trying to figure out ways to put personnel together to try and match that if they're able to actually face them in a playoff series, both Eastern Conference and Western Conference.

The city of Oakland is gearing up for a Thursday parade to celebrate the Golden State Warriors latest National Basketball Association title. But that Heat team wasn't as good, or as talented, as this Warriors team.

It was obvious coming into the game that the Cavaliers needed to play their best game of the season in order to win. The Boston Celtics offered some resistance - winning one game - but even that effort seemed ultimately doomed.

In 2015, about one million people turned out for the parade, but city officials have reportedly been expecting crowds to be much larger this time around.

But the Warriors' dominance poses a problem for everyone. Kerr coached the first two games of Golden State's first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers in April but stepped away because he was experiencing complications from back surgery from two years ago.

As a fresh National Basketball Association champions cap sat a tad off-kilter on his head, Kevin Durant embraced mother Wanda.

Should Curry and Durant agree to team-friendly contract terms, Golden State might be in position to keep its core group intact by signing the likes of Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and others to long-term deals.

If so he will have help from shooting guard Klay Thompson and do-it-all power forward Draymond Green, who are already locked into long-term contracts with the Warriors.

"After the parade, the narrative will shift to 'So, what does the league plan to do about this?'" wrote Ray Ratto, a veteran Bay Area sports columnist. "Our perspective, being blessed to play on this stage three years in a row, it's for these fans, for our organization, for these families". The San Antonio Spurs (12-1) and Boston Celtics (15-1) have the next best odds.

If any of those teams are to wait out this run, those players probably will waste the primes of their careers.

The Lakers are one of them. Players are less talented than they used to be. They have an aging core, most of whom are free agents or can opt-out and become free agents this summer. And that might be ideal.

"I wouldn't call it revenge", Iguodala said.


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