Kevin Durant willing to take pay cut to keep Warriors together

The Warriors have been right there the past two years, winning the franchise's first title in 40 years in 2015 and then blowing a 3-1 lead last year to put a sour ending on a record-breaking 73-win season.

Golden State, on the other hand, can have its stars take turns having a big game and come out victorious.

Asked if there was a "narrative" - his word - for the 2017 Finals, and he said "yeah, win championships. But you got to be able to sacrifice and dedicate and fight for one another".

The exclusive rights to the NBA Finals 2017 in the United Kingdom are owned by BT Sport and they will show all seven matches - if we get that far - live. Game one of the best of seven series starts Thursday night at 9pm.

Tom Brady took less money to allow the Patriots to keep the best dynasty in National Football League history going.

Although James arrived in the National Basketball Association four years prior to Durant, the two have what James calls a "very good" relationship.

Brown addressed the media pregame and said he hadn't spoken yet to Kerr. I've always wanted to - because I was in the National Basketball Association before him and when he came in, I watched him and things of that nature, even before he came in I always gave him just an, "if you need anything to bounce off" or someone to bounce something off, you can always use me because I had experience being drafted to a franchise that now they're expecting you to be the franchise player. James has called Golden State a "juggernaut" but the Warriors aren't buying all that talk. He is two three-pointers shy of passing Reggie Miller (320 3FGM) for 2nd place on the NBA's playoff three-pointers made list.

The Cavaliers have more at stake because they have the pressure of going for a repeat. Two great teams playing great basketball right now. Thompson's shot has been off in the postseason, hitting just about 38 percent from the field, but his defense is probably more important than his offense now anyway as the usual primary defender against Kyrie Irving. "I don't feel like we're underdogs". He also is deadly from any range and will sting the Cavs often enough to get Curry more open shots. The Warriors have definitely improved their roster since last seasons showdown, but the Cavs have as well.

Love recorded double-doubles in all five games of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics as he averaged 22.6 points and 12.4 rebounds.

What's more insulting that getting dunked on or blocked on by the world's greatest player? When the season began last fall, Curry unselfishly gave up some of his own scoring chances so Durant could seamlessly find his way, not making as many 3s - or half-court buzzer beaters for that matter - and lacking the same efficiency and flair.

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