Tyronn Lue's calm demeanor leads Cavs to 3rd consecutive NBA Finals
- Author: Julie Sanders May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 4:29
At 12-1 this postseason, the Cavaliers are the first Eastern Conference team to reach the NBA Finals with one or fewer losses since the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
All season long, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been in the shadow of the Golden State Warriors, even though they were the defending champions. But LeBron James and Kyrie Irving got their revenge over the 73-win Warriors last season with a historic comeback to give Cleveland its first championship in half a century. Durant is pretty certain there won't be the same type of open looks for him or anyone on the Warriors' roster. It's simple for Golden State, we know KD and Steph will show up, but everyone on the team has to be at their best in the Finals because Cleveland certainly will be. While the Celtics pulled off their impressive finish as the No. 1 seed, the Cavaliers shrugged and swept their way through eight straight games against the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors, all before taking back that precious advantage in Boston during the first 24 minutes of the conference finals.
In that first quarter, LeBron had 11 points and Kyrie Irving had 9 points as the two leaders for Cleveland wanted to come out and set the tone from the get go.
"I've played against Ray (Allen), KG (Kevin Garnett), Paul (Pierce), (Rajon) Rondo and Doc (Rivers)". Meanwhile, Love averaged a double-double with 22 points and 12 boards, shot 53 percent from three, and played some very solid defense, which reflected in his blocks (1.2 per game) and steals (1.4).
Jeff Zillgitt: Underdogs in the Finals once again, the Cavaliers face an even more hard challenge against the Warriors. Tristan Thompson has had a lot of success switching the Warriors pick-and-rolls over the last two Finals meetings and should be up for the challenge. According to Las Vegas, the Cavaliers only have a 29 percent chance to win the series and are heavy underdogs against Golden State.
As good as the Cavs have been, the Warriors have been just that little bit better. In all seriousness, however, the Cavs and the Warriors will square off for the third year in a row in what will no doubt be a showdown for the ages.
Cleveland has picked up its game across the board in the National Basketball Association playoffs.What about the defenses?
National Basketball Association star Stephen Curry performs a Carpool Karaoke with James Corden during 'The Late Late Show With James Corden'. Curry is averaging just under 30 points in the playoffs, with shooting percentage splits of 50/43/91. But now it's high-tension time, so it is worth noting: Durant, Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston were all ejected from playoff games last season; Draymond Green drew a league-high five technical fouls and 10 other participants in this year's Finals got nailed with at least one in the 2016 postseason; and Green's momentum-turning flagrant foul wasn't the only one detected among current Warriors and Cavaliers last spring - Durant, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith crossed that line as well. The Splash Brother is shooting just 38 percent from the field in the playoffs, something that must improve in the Finals.
Once again, the Warriors will call upon Andre Iguodala to shoulder much of the load defensively against James. The Warriors were integrating all their free-agent acquisitions, David West, Zaza Pachulia, JaVale McGee, etc. into the lineup.