Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James on his legacy and seven-straight Finals
- Author: Julie Sanders May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 0:15
Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James speak after Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Boston. The 2016 champions versus the 2015 champions.
The long-limbed small forward is still capable of creating his own shot at any time, but he's added more off-the-ball movement since joining the Warriors, just as James did in Miami when he had Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as teammates.
James rejoined the Cavaliers in 2014 determined to bring a championship to his home state and brought the team back to relevance after four consecutive losing seasons.
Whether he coaches or not, Kerr said he plans on flying to Cleveland with Golden State for Games 3 and 4.
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have been rolling as well, sweeping the Pacers and Raptors before dominating the Celtics in five games.
"You adapt to the culture", he said. "Thirty teams suit up every year trying to get to this point, and only two teams do".
"Everyone wants to say, 'Ah man, this is boring and this, that and the other, ' but you usually don't appreciate something until you don't have it anymore", Green said, via ESPN. The NBA has gone back and forth of late crowning champs between veteran teams and young ones. Cleveland and the Warriors have gone head to head on many occasions.
During the third quarter of game five, James passed Michael Jordan to become the all-time leading scorer in NBA Playoff history. But there's also a clear respect level between the clubs as well. "I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just because of what he was able to accomplish". Now, they have added the second-best player in the world, Kevin Durant, to a team that was already neck-and-neck with the Cavaliers. "So it makes it even more risky when you equip that talent, that skill with those guys".
"From an individual standpoint, with me guarding him, it's going to be a touch challenge".
"We have to be ready for the challenge".
An unprecedented Finals trilogy was finally set, and still, James had no interest or energy to engage the topic. In 2012, James and the Heat lost Game 1 before beating Durant and Oklahoma City four straight times.
The 51-year-old traveled with the team for the final two games of the Western Conference finals series in San Antonio for the first time since he took an indefinite leave on April 23.
They'll collide again, starting next week. Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors bulldozed their postseason opponents with hardly a hiccup; a combined 24-1. "It's one of those things I have no control over, it is what it is", said Brown, filling in for the ailing Steve Kerr. So it's a little different now, obviously. They've been super-impressive. It's kind of in our minds that that's who we were going to see.
The storylines are many.
So what do the Warriors have to do to get that fourth win?
As for Games 3 and 4, which we know will happen regardless of results, betting favorites are 10-14-1 ATS (with one pick'em in 2004 finals) and 12-12-1 ATS in Game 4 (with one pick'em in 2004 finals).
Lue was asked if it's more hard to identify who that is on Golden State. How will Cleveland try to contain Curry?