Who has more to prove in the 2017 NBA Finals?
Despite being one of the best players in NBA history, LeBron James is regarded as the underdog in these Finals yet again.
The constant comparisons with Michael Jordan will continue to be prevalent and despite having All-Stars such as Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love alongside him, James is the architect who can win this Finals for Cleveland again.
This will be James’ seventh straight appearance in the Finals and he is chasing his fourth championship ring.
James is arguably playing the best post-season basketball of his career yet the Warriors are the over-riding favourites to lift their second title in three years.
All eyes will be on James to see if he can upset the odds again with the Cavaliers but he seems to operate at his best as the underdog.
Pressure on James: 3/5
LeBron James will be competing in his seventh consecutive NBA Finals
The reigning two-time MVP has a point to prove this year after a 2016 Finals performance hampered by an injury.
He scored more than 20 points only three times in the 2016 Finals and when it counted most in Game 7, it was Kyrie Irving that delivered from long range.
But there was no doubt he hadn't recovered from his ankle injury in time for the Finals and was crucial in the Warriors' 2015 championship winning season, averaging 26 points a game in the Finals.
Steph Curry is much healthier than he was 12 months ago
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This year has seen the triple-double take prominence with Russell Westbrook and James Harden leading the MVP discussion but Curry has silently been posting up his best Playoff numbers to date.
He is far healthier than 12 months ago and he is posting the most efficient shooting and overall offensive and defensive totals of his playoff career.
And the addition of Kevin Durant last summer has taken some of the spotlight away from Curry, leaving him to do his thing.
Pressure on Curry 3/5
Kevin Durant will be under intense scrutiny to perform and pick up a ring
No player in this series holds more pressure on his shoulders than Kevin Durant.
Durant’s departure from Oklahoma to join the star-studded team in Golden State last summer was met with intense scrutiny from all corners of the NBA.
Anything less than a maiden NBA championship would be classified as a major disappointment for the eight-time All-Star.
The only way to stop the murmurs is for Durant to deliver what is expected and prove once again why he is one of the best players in the NBA.
For some NBA stalwarts, his legacy will forever be tarnished by joining the star-studded Warriors team but Durant has so far shrugged off his critics and focused in on himself.
Now he has to deliver against James' Cavaliers. Durant has lost 18 of 23 games in head-to-head matches against "The King" but he needs to overcome all the pressure to start building his legacy.
Pressure on Durant 5/5