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Oooh, so shiny

LeBron James' practice sneakers are out of this world.

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Tristan Thompson: Rebounding is key

The Cavs C (a regular season 8.0 RPG) has increased to 9.9 RPG in the playoffs. He said: "All the games we've won the rebounding battle, we've won [the game]. We take pride in that and I take pride in that."

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LeBron chirping to the media as he goes through stretching on the court: "Back at it! They're tired of seeing me. Five years straight!"

Shawn Marion: Curry the best shot ever

In Shawn Marion's 15-year career, he's seen a lot of players. And on comparing Steph Curry to past great shooters, he said: "There's no comparison. The way Steph shoots and gets his shots ... ain't nobody ever shot like that."

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Smith: 'We have the best player'

J.R. Smith, who joined Cleveland in January, respects the Warriors: "They've had a great year all year long, they have the MVP, but we've got something special here too. We have the best player in the world."

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Iguodala: Just play our game

Warriors key bench player Andre Iguodala on how his team can win the Finals: "We just need to focus on who we've been, who we are. That's taken us this far, and it'll take us to the next 16 days at the latest."

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LeBron James changed the Cavs

Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson on how LeBron changed the team's culture: "Labor Day, he was the first one in the gym, working out. He had a full sweat and we were just walking in. ... That's when we knew it was serious."

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LeBron's potentially dubious Finals mark

Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Larry Bird each had winning NBA Finals records. If the Cavs lose these Finals, LeBron James would have as many Finals losses as Jordan, Kobe and Bird combined in 12 fewer appearances.

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Curry's NBA Finals shoes

Steph Curry gave everyone a look Wednesday at the shoes he'll wear during the NBA Finals.

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On this date in 1992 ...

"Here's Jordan, for 3 ... Yes! Did you see that look? Michael indicating he can't believe it!"

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Experts' picks: NBA Finals

Only five of our experts picked Cleveland to win it all, but take heart, Cavs' fans: At least none of them think Golden State will pull off the sweep. See predictions

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Barbosa: Jump shooting got us here

Warriors' Leandro Barbosa to ESPN's J.A. Adande on the criticism of Golden State's style: "That style that we did the whole season brought us to this situation at the moment. So we're just going to try and do our best and win the championship."

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Green named 105-year-old fan's favorite

Warriors' Draymond Green was recently named the "favorite player" of a 105-year-old Warriors fan. "That's pretty dope," Green said. "I've only been here three years and she's 105. I hope I live that long."

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Green: Who cares what Barkley said?

Warriors' Draymond Green on Charles Barkley picking Cavs in 6: "He said we wouldn't be here. I'm sure he said we'd lose in the first round so who cares?"

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As a team, Warriors will guard LeBron

Andrew Bogut on slowing down LeBron James: "Our coaches do a great job scouting him. It's going to be a team effort. It's not just going to be one guy guarding him."

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Grantland: Rooting for The King

There's a whole host of reasons the Cavs don't stand a chance in these Finals. But that's what's exciting -- LeBron James is an UNDERDOG. And after all, asks Andrew Sharp, when else will you be able to root for the best, most dominant player on earth without feeling even a little bit guilty? Testing a legend

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Splash Bros will both be in action

Despite a scary concussion in Game 5 of the West finals, Klay Thompson has been cleared for Thursday's Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors' net efficiency with Thompson in the lineup this postseason is +9.0.

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Shelburne: Warriors' staff keeps it light

"You get the sense they could go on like this for hours, trading one-liners and finding the lighter side of things. Somehow, in his first year as a head coach, [Steve] Kerr has managed to construct a coaching staff and an environment that's just about the most fun anyone involved has ever been around." Fast, loose, disciplined

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Curry taking shots at practice

Stephen Curry is getting shots up at the first open practice of the 2015 NBA Finals. Curry, like the rest of the Warriors roster, has never appeared in a Finals game.

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Warriors are listening to Lenny Kravitz as they shoot around. It's part of their "White Boy Wednesday" music tradition: Rock over hip-hop