Thursday June 2nd, 2016

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Former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant had some high praise for the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson ahead of Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

“Those guys are stone-cold killers man,” Bryant told ESPN’s Cari Champion when asked who in the league has the “Kobe instinct.”

“They don’t care about what you think of them, they don't care about if they make a game winning shot or if they miss it, they're out there to do their job. And they have a very strong sense of the killer instinct.” Bryant continued.

Bryant also discussed the differences between Curry and Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James.

“The way that they approach the game is completely different and the systems that they operate in are very different as well,” Bryant said. “I mean their styles of play are diametrically opposed to each other.”

NBA Finals predictions: SI's picks and potential X-factors, battles and more

The Warriors host the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.

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