The rivalry is definitely real, but we know LeBron James likes to be in control of everything.

Only real venom or a true will to beat an opponent could produce such a look like the one given below:

With plenty of trash talk to go around, it’s clear to that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are rivals, with the added dimension of Kevin Durant bringing more fuel.

Durant acknowledges the tension, but LeBron won’t, and probably won’t until he’s ready to or possibly suffers another NBA Finals loss.
“We don’t look at it as a rival. They’re a great team. They’ve been the best team the last couple years, last three years.”
James was referring to their latest showdown, which is on Monday night on Martin Luther King Day.
“It’s just the next game, it's Golden State. They’re a helluva team, like I said the best team in the league and they’ve been that way the last three years, four years, however long it’s been, I’m not quite sure. But, listen, you guys know, we don’t put all our eggs in one basket for one game.”
Durant wasn’t buying James trying to simmer the rivalry down.
“Yeah (it’s a rivalry). I think so.

“I’m new here, but for the most part the guys in the last two Finals have been playing against each other for a while. From Steph (Curry) to LeBron. to Klay (Thompson) to (Iman) Shumpert, to J.R. Smith and Kyrie … and Draymond, it’s a group of players that are familiar with each other.

“It’s good for our game. It’s good for competition and it should be fun."
Only rivals would call out each other on their antics, like Klay Thompson did this week calling out the Cavaliers for their perceived “childish” antics, and who can forget Iman Shumpert letting it be known that the Cavs want to “bust the Warriors ass"?

Monday night should be epic.

-- ThaCover2


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