LeBron James not ready to discuss Warriors yet: 'It's too stressful'
- Author: Julie Sanders May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 9:57
After both teams dominated their respective competition so far in the playoffs, Las Vegas believes the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will be competitive. They're going to challenge us a lot, offensively, defensively, mentally, physically.
But it all evaporated.
LeBron James (left) and Kyrie Irvine celebrates. Betcha the Cavs will win one of the first two in Oakland and the Warriors take at least one in Cleveland. While the Cavs let one slip away against the Celtics, the Golden State Warriors never took their foot off the Spurs throat.
Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) and Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala (9) battle for a loose ball in last year's National Basketball Association finals.
Stan Van Gundy is one of the most accessible personalities in the National Basketball Association. But then he added this: "OK, maybe a slight preference for Cleveland".
"I didn't go bald like Mike, but I'm getting there", he quipped.
And they're doing this without their head coach. You'll need less money than the last two years, according to ticket search engine TicketIQ. "Just day by day", Kerr said to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears when asked of his plans.
Victory secures a seventh consecutive NBA Finals for James, winning two titles in four appearances with Miami Heat between 2011 and 2014, before returning to home-town team Cleveland - BBC Sport.
On July 4, with a 351-word post on The Players' Tribune, Durant announced he was joining the Warriors. Durant wants a ring and what better way than to get his first by beating the player that snatched his initial moment from him. "We just kept grinding".
"Like I have an extra bone or something, like doctor talk", Thomas said. That's just the confidence we have in each other. Simple as that. It's good that we're here now.
The Celtics figured out a way to dodge Cleveland's opening-game haymaker and maintain their poise and objective. This Cleveland Cavaliers Cavs team is not the same as a year ago.
Can the Cavs do it again?
For James, the Finals are an annual rite.
"Boston has changed my career, changed my life", said Thomas who came to Boston via trade in February of 2015.
James is already the NBA's all-time playoff leader in three-point attempts (971) and last night he passed Manu Ginobli (318) for third all-time in made treys with 319 three-pointers made in the postseason. Going back to the 1990-91 season, NBA Finals games have a 54-80-5 Over/Under record (59.7 percent Unders) with an average combined score of 187.18 points versus an average closing total of 189.81.
From trying to emulate Jordan's fadeaway jump shot to copying his uniform quirks, James said, "I did pretty much everything MJ did when I was a kid". That's one of the things that my dad always told me. I don't think this year could have gone to a better person and player, for everything that he's been through and overcome. That was my mindset when I started playing the game. At some point, they will need to take a breather and that's when the Cavs lose their steam.
A lot of fans want to compare LeBron James and Michael Jordan these days, and really there is no wrong answer.
Irving got the scoring initiated when he buried a 25-foot step-back three-pointer from the wing, and less than a minute later, he caught a pass from James and knocked down a 15-footer from the right side of the free-throw line. Get the popcorn ready.
A Warriors' team bent on revenge stands in his way.