10 players who will have key roles in the NBA Finals

Marcus Newton
May 30, 2018

May 29 02:17 PM The Ringer's John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to react to LeBron James's Cleveland Cavaliers advancing past the Boston Celtics to the Finals (2:33).

Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love remains in concussion protocol and his status for Game 1 of the NBA Finals is still unclear.

The Warriors' coach claimed that had Igoudala been fit, his team would've beaten Houston in five games instead of needing a Game 7.

The MVP of the 2015 Finals, Iguodala and Klay Thompson shared the responsibility of defending LeBron James in the 2017 meeting between the teams.

Durant and James are two of the best players in the National Basketball Association, but the former told The Mercury News their careers are in "two different places".

"If James and the Cavaliers win Game 1, the interest is going to skyrocket, because they're going to have done what very few except for them, maybe, think they can do, which is win in Golden State", Van Gundy said. First, Jason Lloyd of The Athletic and later Mark Medina of The Mercury News joins to break down the NBA Finals.

The win secures a Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers matchup in the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive season. The veteran scored 14 points on 10 shots in Game 6.

"We obviously know what LeBron's capable of", Curry said shortly after the Warriors' Game 7 win at Houston ended.

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The teams have changed mightily over the last four seasons.

Take a look through the gallery to reveal the 2018 NBA Finals schedule.

The graphs below show the offensive stats for Golden State in blue and their opponents in red.

LeBron James, of course, is the biggest reason why Cleveland came back from a 3-2 series deficit. When Korver gives the Cavaliers double-digit points in these playoffs, they're 8-1.

The front office will have big decisions to make in the offseason as several of their key players will hit free agency.

The Texas-based outfit secured the number one seed in the west for the first time in franchise history and won a record 65 games in the regular season.

Though he averaged 30 points per game, Durant was at times maddening during the Western Conference Finals. Jake Madison (@NolaJake) and John Karalis (@RedsArmy_John) preview the series and try and figure out a way the Cavs can win.Learn more about your ad choices. "So I always have felt vulnerable, even though people may not believe that".

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