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It is why it can be so complex for someone like Willie Reed to talk about what might come next, despite affection for the Miami Heat so strong that there were tears at season’s end. “I mean you have an emotional attachment to these guys. This is a special team. We made history this year,” Reed said last week of the Heat’s rise from 11-30 at midseason to 41-41. “Of course I want to be here. But we will see what happens when it comes to time to be able to talk and discuss things like that.”
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A year after overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to beat Golden State in the NBA finals, Cleveland enters Game 1 as underdogs. Cavaliers forward Kevin Love finds his team’s “dark horse” billing humorous. “The whole underdog thing is funny to me,” Love told reporters after the Cavaliers’ practice Saturday. “At the end of the day, we are defending our title. We’re trying to repeat, which is so hard to do. I think we will use it as fuel. We’ll use it as motivation.”
Saturday afternoon, while discussing his first career NBA finals berth, Warriors center Zaza Pachulia told reporters he is “all in.” “You know that’s Cleveland’s slogan,” said ESPN’s Chris Haynes, a former Cavaliers beat writer. “That is?” Pachulia said. “I haven’t heard it. That’s because I don’t pay too much attention to the media right now, social media stuff, especially after the last series. I totally blocked everything.”
However, the network’s lead analyst doesn’t think his employer will get what it wants. “I don’t think the Warriors will be challenged,” Van Gundy said. “I think they’ll be in the same situation as last year, up 3-1 coming home. In my time in the NBA, this is the biggest talent differential between the best team and the second best team. No disrespect to Cleveland, but I just think the Warriors are at a different level.”
“If we tell a guy we’re going to take him guaranteed, which we don’t do very often if at all, we will follow through on that honor and our word,” he said. “It does put you at somewhat of a disadvantage because if someone comes to you with a great trade, you’ve made your commitment to that player, so you can’t trade. … We try to keep our flexibility.” So just how many guarantees have the Jazz given in Perrin’s 16 years? “Since I’ve been here? None.”