LeBron James on how to slow Stephen Curry: “The same way you slow me down … You can’t.”

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LeBron James vs. Stephen Curry.

The two most popular players in the NBA this season (with Kevin Durant out) go head-to-head on the NBA’s biggest stage. These are two guys who will get their points, and LeBron James attests to that in a quote given Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

The truth is more complex.

I’m not sure we’ll see a 40 point game from either this series — both teams have the defensive players and systems that can make things difficult for those stars. Draymond Green will draw LeBron, Iman Shumpert and Kyrie Irving will draw Curry. Make no mistake, LeBron and Curry will get their points, but don’t expect LeBron to go off for 42 like he did in the last meeting.

But if you commit resources to stopping the stars, other opportunities will open up. The Warriors depth and flexibility puts them in a better position to take advantage. That’s why they are the favorite.