OAKLAND, Calif. — Harrison Barnes is the Warriors' starting small forwar

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d, which means he has been tasked with guarding LeBron James in the NBA Finals — with plenty of help.

After the Warriors' 108-100 Game 1 overtime victory against James' Cavaliers, Sporting News' Jimmy Spencer caught up with Barnes, who had a modest 11 points and six rebounds in 39 minutes but made a key 3-pointer in overtime.

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Here's a transcript of the one-on-one interview:

Q: It’s your first NBA Finals game ever, and you look over and there’s LeBron James. What’s that like?

A: It’s great, man. As a kid, you see the Finals and think "I want to do this, I want to do that." Then it’s your turn time to go against him and it makes you respect what you saw earlier, like, “Yeah, it’s not as easy as I thought.”

Q: There was a time when people were comparing you to LeBron, as you came out of high school and before attending North Carolina. 

A: Since I was the No. 1 recruit I heard a lot of similar stuff like that, LeBron James comparisons. You definitely have to respect what he’s accomplished in this league.

Q: Do you get in awe of that moment, or is there even time for that?

A: You have to be human, you definitely appreciate it. But I don’t think it’s sunk in quite yet that we’re playing in the NBA Finals.

Q: Maybe this is a really stupid question, but how hard is it to guard LeBron James?

A: It’s tough. Because he’s not just a scorer, he’s not going to take awful shots. He likes to be a playmaker, so that makes it difficult. He wants to be like Magic. People have been trying to force him to be like some other guys.

Q: Is he tough not to foul?

A: I’ll just say he’s very physical offensively.

Q: After Andre Iguodala defended LeBron on that final shot of regulation, and those final shots both missed, do you think Andre was more relieved or more feeling happy with how he defended it?

A: He thought he locked it up. It was great defense. He takes a lot of pride in being a defender. I don’t think he was thinking, "Oh, he missed." I think he was thinking, “Yeah, that was good defense."

Q: You and Iguodala must go up against each other plenty in practice. How’s he as a defender?

A: People talk a lot about Kawhi Leonard and his hands, but he has a good set of hands. I think a lot of people sleep on that. We just watch him play sometimes; he always deflects a pass, he always gets a hand on the ball and it leads to the break.

Q: There was some uncertainty about who would start and what your role would be after Iguodala signed here in the summer of 2013. Did you guys ever have a one-on-one conversation about that? Do guys talk about that sort of stuff?

A: No, we never talked about that. That’s mostly the coach’s decisions, and we just accept it. When I was coming off the bench last year and he was starting, we didn’t talk about it and this year when I’m starting and he’s coming off the bench, we didn’t talk about it either.

Q: So he’s been good about it?

A: Yes, he’s been good about it.