The Warriors-Cavaliers Thursday night game earns top billing as one of the NBA's marquee matchups. Looking deeper, it pits two MVP hopefuls against each other in Stephen Curry and LeBron James.
It'll be a potential NBA Finals matchup at Quicken Loans Arena, but James isn't buying into the hype.
"I really don't look too far into it," he said after Cavaliers shootaround Thursday morning. "But it's a great opportunity for us to get better versus a very worthy opponent.
"It's the best team in the Western Conference right now, and it gives us an opportunity to get better. But you can't put too much into it, because you've got another game the very next night, so you get better -- try to get better -- and go from there."
James also identified what makes the Warriors backcourt of Curry and Klay Thompson so difficult for defenses to corral.
"Their ability to shoot the ball. Their ability to be a dual threat -- they can shoot it, they can drive it," James said. "Any time you can be able to shoot the ball and drive the ball, it puts the defense on its heals."
James was recently elected the first vice president of the NBA Players Association and has long been the face of the league. He was asked how Curry is handling his ascension to stardom -- as well as the heightened media spotlight that comes with it -- and James offered glowing praise for the entire Curry family.
"First of all, I think he comes from a good household. Obviously I don't know his mother and dad personally, but it seems the way they raised their family -- not only Steph but the rest of their kids -- they raised them the right way," James said. "Dell Curry was an unbelievable professional. And I think everything that he did both in the house and on the floor and off the court, their sons and people around him were watching. And that has a lot to do with it.
"Steph has a family, he has a wife, he has a daughter. He has to go out there and understand that it's not just about him and he takes that responsibility very high.
"It's great to have someone in our league that knows what it means to be a professional."