“I’ll take LeBron James, absolutely”, Laimbeer said this month on “The Rematch” podcast. Jordan won six championships in six NBA Finals appearances, while James is going for his fourth. The combination of Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley in the backcourt is a tough defensive matchup for opposing teams as both players are great on-ball defenders.
He made his second All-Star team, flirting with a starting spot, earned a spot on the All-NBA second team – the first All-NBA honors of his career – and provided even more in the playoffs as he helped the Celtics advance in the postseason for the first time since 2012.
In boxing, Floyd Mayweather ducked Manny Pacquiao in his prime years.
And remember, the Cavs have overcome long odds before.
The knee-jerk reaction to the Celtics winning Game 3 against the Cavaliers was to suggest that they’re better off with Thomas.
But the Cavaliers and the Warriors have all the marbles on the line. SportsCenter can’t get enough of the memories and stories those two franchises produced during their rivalry. “I want the fundamentals of the game to be as great as they can be”.
For the Cavs, LeBron James is seeking to add more accolades to his already impressive 14-year National Basketball Association career.
James, 32, surpassed Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan as the all-time leading scorer in the play-offs.James calmly turned, flashed the No. 1 over his head, and headed down the floor, as the Cleveland bench applauded.
As early as the 1950s, the then-Minneapolis Lakers played the Knicks in two straight finals.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue doesn’t feel his team needs the underdog label for inspiration, saying being in the NBA Finals is “enough motivation alone”.
“The best team in our league the last three years”, James said of the Warriors. But James had the last laugh.
For the third straight year they’ll face the Warriors for the crown. There have been rumors they are looking to add a key player, such as Paul George, Jimmy Butler or Gordon Hayward by way of trades and free agency.
For Cleveland, it was a comprehensive offensive performance in the first half, as the Cavaliers either got to the rim or kicked it out for 3-pointers – they attempted only one shot in the first half that wasn’t either a 3-pointer or in the paint. Durant is new to the rivalry, but he brings so much more to the table than Harrison Barnes ever did.
There are certain things I’m exhausted of listening to in sports. He battled until he couldn’t battle anymore, and his postseason came to an end at halftime of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals despite Thomas’ pleas to let him play. Will the Warriors be haunted by letting last season’s 3-1 lead slip away?
The 5-foot-7 guard had initially injured his right hip during the March 15 game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Durant’s only other time in the Finals was 2012 when he was with Oklahoma City.
Conference finals The San Antonio Spurs are off to the docks after a West finals series loss. Will they become the first team in National Basketball Association history to go undefeated in a postseason?
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has Golden State as a -260 favorite, with the Cleveland Cavaliers at +220, meaning if you bet $260 on the Warriors you will win $100. The ratings would have dropped like flies had that been the case.
Can LeBron and the Cavs do it again?
It’s here where the teams first met in a championship series. The suspension always raised a “what if” scenario for Warriors fans worldwide, but this series could be the chance for them to find out. That was my mindset when I started playing the game.