LeBron's focus shifted from Finals to racism after vandalism

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) and Kevin Durant (35) celebrate a basket as San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green (14) and Jonathon Simmons (17) watch during the second half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Monday, May 22, 2017, in San Antonio. Pau Gasol who was once the go-to guy for the Memphis Grizzlies but now his younger brother Marc has been given the reins in Memphis. The team rebounded from a 3-1 deficit in the series to earn the championship-the city of Cleveland's first in 52 years. Game 1 will be broadcast on ABC.

The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of ABC and this station. They know the pain that comes with losing a Finals, particularly one where a 3-1 series lead gets wasted. "Obviously when you play against somebody and it's the third time in a row and split the seasons and championships, they don't like each other".

This season, James averaged 26.4 points plus career highs of 8.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists as well as a league-high 37.8 minutes on the court a game.

"I'm just trying to be the best me I can be".

According to the odds makers in Las Vegas and the number crunchers at analytical sites, the Warriors are the clear favorites to win the series after sweeping their way through the playoffs with a record-setting margin of victory of 16.3 points per game.

LeBron James and Kevin Durant take part in a US basketball team practice session in August 2015
LeBron James and Kevin Durant take part in a US basketball team practice session in August 2015

The Cavs and Warriors are both very good teams.

"They've been battles, they've been wars", Barnes said.

While Cleveland is a little healthier, Golden State picked up one of the best players in the world during the off season by signing Kevin Durant. "That's the only pressure I worry about", said Durant. "So I feel great".

Even with those two players misfiring from deep in last year's playoffs, the Cavs ended up outscoring the Warriors by only four points. "Can't get caught up in your shot falling or not". Love has been playing some of the best basketball of his Cavs career, and they may have to ask him to dig deep on every defensive possession, as he did against Stephen Curry in Game 7 a year ago. "Think back ... we had the (Los Angeles) Lakers and (Boston) Celtics".

  • Julie Sanders