Rockets' Paul recruiting LeBron to Houston

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Thursday at 7 p.m. will mark Game 1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers versus Golden State Warriors matchup.

In an appearance on ESPN's "Get Up!"

Analyst Jeff Van Gundy wasn't on the list but shared his thoughts with reporters during a conference call.

Here are the five questions whose answer will determine the victor of the NBA Finals. "I can't think of a bigger gap from a team perspective".

James never counted out Golden State. Green signed with Cleveland for the veteran's minimum at the beginning of the season, and although Jae Crowder was expected to be the primary backup to LeBron James, Green quickly outperformed him and his playing time began to increase throughout the season.

In the seven games against the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cavs made more than 10 three-pointers just once.

The NBA's best player is facing the NBA's best team and it's not a fair fight.

"They've got four Hall-of-Famers on their team, in Klay, Dray, Steph and KD".

The Rockets were the closest team to dethroning the Kevin Durant-era Warriors thus far, but Paul's catastrophic Game 5 injury forced him to sit out the final two games of the Western Conference finals, where the Rockets were effectively blown out. In Game 6, staving off elimination, Thompson had 21 of his game-high 35 points in the second half. "It's as simple as that".

To acquire James this free agency period, the Rockets would pretty much have to blow up their entire roster apart from Harden, Paul and center Clint Capela, which means some of Houston's most important pieces in the form of Trevor Ariza, PJ Tucker and Eric Gordon would all have to be dropped. Gordon might be right.

"Same reaction as I've had to every last one of them this year", James said after shootaround at Madison Square Garden back in April.

Meanwhile, Irving ended up needing two knee surgeries this past spring and missed the playoffs with Boston.

Playing the "what if" game is a no-lose proposition that can extend to infinity. He would help their cause, primarily as a quality defender on LeBron James (so that Kevin Durant and Draymond Green don't have to shoulder that burden all the time).

James pointed out that the Warriors are oozing with talent even beyond that, including Shaun Livingston, who was the fourth overall pick in the 2004 draft, and David West, a two-time All-Star. But the Warriors have proved themselves resilient and mentally tough in the face of absences. But the next time Curry goes on one of his third-quarter flurries and effectively shoots a team off the floor, remember that his skillset is one the National Basketball Association has never seen on such a high-volume level, and may not see again for a very long time. The tattooist scoffs, asking, "You sure this is what you want?" "But there's a weight to that".

But the Cavs, while weaker as a unit, boast the league's best player in James - who has been on fire throughout the post-season. By comparison, Cleveland was 5/2 previous year, while the first two installments of the Finals against the Warriors had the Cavs at 19/10 and 9/5 underdogs in 2015 and 2016 respectively.