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Rockets' Paul out for tonight's Game 7 against Warriors

The Cleveland Cavaliers booked their ticket to the NBA Finals with a 4-3 series win over the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

So it's been a bit harried.

Lue said on Wednesday while starting point guard George Hill is likely to be matched up with Curry the most, the Cavaliers coach will be ready to throw everything and the kitchen sink at the former two-time MVP when the finals open Thursday night in Oakland.

"I'd rather do it this way than have nine days to prepare", Kerr said on the "Podcast One Sports Now" show previewing Game 1 of the NBA Finals with host Tim Reynolds. I just think about what I need to do to impact this series, to impact the game, to help my team.

Also on the podcast: Cavs coach Tyronn Lue talks about his health and ESPN's Doris Burke breaks down the series - including why she roots for both LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

Is reaching the NBA Finals this season a bigger accomplishment than doing so in 11 years ago? In their first matchup, on Christmas Day, they lacked talisman Stephen Curry due to an injury.

The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers will meet yet again because this is the era of sequels, and I wish this instance was occuring because the basketball-verse had a compelling reason. Their net rating dropped to minus-8.8 when he went to the bench-a number that would be even lower if he were allowed any more time to rest. And with his Finals foe determined as the Warriors for the fourth straight season, he shifted to his physical prep for the series on Tuesday. One of the Warriors' biggest annoyances during the Western Conference finals was P.J. Tucker. And of course, the Warriors are at their best when they go with none of the above, using Draymond Green as the center in a small-ball lineup.

James recalled saying this season that "this is the best I've felt in my career". The Warriors sure could use his presence against King James, who is making an eighth straight Finals appearance.

Even with Iguodala sidelined, Golden State has a preponderance of talent.

"So numbers and things like that kind of take care of itself".

"Teams have had their opportunities to beat the Cavs over the last four years and teams have had opportunities to beat the Warriors over the last four years", James said. And this is one of them. "We're gonna miss that, but we're just going to have to play a different style of basketball without him being here".

Unlike that Rockets-Warriors game, he doesn't know what will happen in Game 1. "Just reminds me a lot of guys I played with back in the day when you see Horace Grant, Robert Horry, Derek Fisher, just something about winning a championship with those guys that you will never forget, and it's a bond that can't be broken".

"The level that I can play at is to be seen, but the level that I put into the game and put into my craft is who I am", he said.

"Obviously James is going to have to be great. and they are going to have to be lights out from the three-point line to have a chance to win a game", said Van Gundy.

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