INDEPENDENCE, Ohio-- A year ago, the Cleveland Cavaliers were getting ready to play the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
You could say that nothing has changed. But Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said this is a completely different team than the one that lost a championship to the Warriors.
"I wouldn't say revenge. I just think both teams are happy and excited to make it to the Finals," Lue said. "We just have a different team than we did last year. Organization-wise, it's the same two teams."
Not only are Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving healthy for the Finals, the team has most postseason experience.
"All of our guys last year had great experience," Lue said. "Kyrie got one game under his belt. Kevin is looking forward to it."
There's also the addition of Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson.
"The thing I really like about RJ is his physical presence," Lue said.
But LeBron James get credit for integrating new players and getting the Big Three to mesh, Irving said.
"It just goes to the great credit of LeBron being a great leader, being the best player on the planet, coming in and allowing guys to be great in their roles," the point guard. "He's going to do what he does no matter what. It just took a whole year for us to get to this point. You know, us playing top-level basketball. As a team, just feeling good about our roles."
"When people come in, they know what they have to do to contribute to the team," Irving said.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals is Thursday at 9 p.m. at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Here is the rest of the schedule:
Game 2: Sunday, June 5, 8 p.m., Oakland
Game 3: Wednesday, June 8, 9 p.m., Cleveland
Game 4: Friday, June 10, 9 p.m., Cleveland
Game 5:* Monday, June 13, 9 p.m., Oakland
Game 6:* Thursday, June 16, 9 p.m., Cleveland
Game 7:* Sunday, June 19, 8 p.m., Oakland