Are the Warriors the NBA Version of the Patriots? LeBron Thinks So

LeBron James has proved he can win a series on his own but not even he can stop the Golden State Warriors juggernaut alone.

More than in any other campaign since his return to Cleveland, this season LeBron has single-handedly carried the Cavs to the NBA Finals. However, the 2016 NBA champions have had no answer for the Warriors so far.

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Stephen Curry #30 and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors celebrate with Kevin Durant #35 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 6, 2018 in Cleveland. Jason Miller/Getty Images

Golden State took a 3-0 lead on Wednesday night, as Kevin Durant's 43 points secured a 110-102 win in Cleveland and the NBA title looks destined to head to the Bay Area for the third time in four years.

Such has been the Golden State domination that LeBron compared the Warriors to the New England Patriots.

"The margin of error is very low," James told reporters after the game. "It's almost like playing the Patriots. You just can't have mistakes. They're not going to beat themselves.

"When you're able to force a miscue, you have to be able to capitalize and then you have to be so in tune and razor sharp and focus every single possession. You can't have miscommunication, you can't have lulls, you can't have 'my faults' or 'my bads' or things like that, cause they're gonna make you pay."

While the Warriors are more appreciated by the neutrals than the Patriots ever will be, it is undeniable that there's plenty of truth to LeBron's comments.

Unless Cleveland sweeps the next four games, Golden State will win its second consecutive title and the third in four years. Only a superb comeback from the Cavs prevented them from lifting the Larry O'Brien Trophy in 2016.

Since they appointed coach Bill Belichick in 2000, New England has reached the Super Bowl eight times.

The Patriots won three Super Bowls in four years between 2001 and 2004 and have since added two more in 2014 and 2016.

It is not just the playoffs that has seen both teams shine either. In 2007, the Patriots became only the fourth team in NFL's history to go undefeated in the regular season and the first to clinch a perfect 16-0 record since the league expanded its regular season schedule.

In the same season, the Patriots lost Super Bowl XLII but became one of only three teams to go 18-1, along with the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears, who achieved the feat in 1984 and 1985 respectively.

The Warriors, meanwhile, set the best regular season for a NBA season when they went 73-9 in 2015-16 as well as the best post-season record, when they dropped just one game en route to win the title last season.

The most evident similarity between the two teams, however, is in their star-studded rosters. The Patriots have built around Tom Brady since he made his debut in 2001, with the likes Rob Gronkowski, Tedy Bruschi , Ty Law and Randy Moss all part of an A-list supporting cast that has repeatedly evolved in the intervening years.

In 2016, meanwhile, the Warriors added Durant to a team that had already won a NBA title and made another Finals appearance. With Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson already on the roster, Durant's arrival meant Golden State can field a team with four All-NBA players on the court.

However, as the Philadelphia Eagles showed in Super Bowl LII, the Patriots are not unbeatable and, with Brady approaching his 41st birthday, their dynasty might be coming to an end. The Warriors' reign, meanwhile, appears to have a little longer to run. LeBron moving to a better team, however, would go a long way in threatening that.

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