Kevin Love may not understand why the defending champions are being considered underdogs leading into the NBA Finals, but the Cavs will face a team Thursday in Game 1 boasting four potential Hall of Fame players that is playing its best basketball of the season at the perfect time.
On Tuesday's episode of "Undisputed", Chris Broussard said that while the Warriors might not be LeBron's biggest challenge in the Finals to date, they're clearly the best team.
LeBron: Those guys are going to challenge me
“It’s up there. Obviously I’ve played against four Hall of Famers as well, too, with Manu [Ginobili], Kawhi [Leonard], Tony [Parker] and Timmy [Duncan] on the same team. And if you add Pop in there, that’s five Hall of Famers.
"It’s going to be very challenging. Those guys are going to challenge me, they’re going to challenge our ball club. This is a high-powered team. I’ve played against some other… I’ve played against Ray [Allen], KG, Paul [Pierce], [Rajon] Rondo and Doc [Rivers].
"It’s going to be very challenging on me, mentally, and on our ball club and our franchise.”
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“It’s not the most accomplished [team], that would be San Antonio in ’07. And that was the greatest challenge, because you had Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu all in their prime. You had Bruce Bowen, you had Michael Finley, Robert Horry. That was a great team, and they obviously swept the Cavaliers. He had nobody to work with. As far as challenges, that was his greatest challenge.”
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“But to answer the question, this is the best team he’s ever faced. You’ve got two MVPs in their prime. No other team he’s faced had that.
"They’re the best offensive team in the league and the second-best defensive team in the league. No other team he’s faced has done that. I think at the end of the day, this team will have four Hall of Famers. You’ve got two for sure, Durant and Steph - and I think if they keep getting to the Finals and win some of them, which they probably will, then all four. Draymond and Klay will end up being Hall of Famers as well.”
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“I think their bench, which earlier in the season struggled, has really come on and is tough now. And I’m going to say this: They’ve got the best backcourt in NBA history, Steph and Klay.
"If you look at all the other great backcourts - Isiah Thomas-Joe Dumars obviously comes to mind, Walt Frazier-Earl Monroe - those duos had three, four, maybe five years together in their prime, if that. Whereas Klay and Steph are in their prime together their whole career. And then Durant’s a top-5 small forward of all time, one of the top scorers of all time. I think this is clearly the best team.”
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“All these guys are in their absolute prime. He’s facing the MVP from ’14, ’15 and ’16 in their prime. Four All-Stars in the same season. Three All-NBA players - now if you throw Klay in there, Klay was All-NBA last season, so he’s got four. All of these guys are in their prime!
"Not only can they go score 140 on you, they can hold you to 90.”