Friday, 23 June, 2017

No surprise: It's Cavs-Warriors in the NBA Finals yet again

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics: Game 3 score, TV channel, how to watch live stream online Kyrie Irving leads Cleveland to the verge of the NBA Finals
Nathaniel Diaz | 29 May, 2017, 11:54

"Only because I feel we have some unfinished business from last season".

Here's LeBron's eight Finals teams, and how they rank against each other.

Had he been given the chance, West said he would have taken the best player available, which is always his strategy.

James eclipsed Jordan as the NBA's all-time leading playoff scorer on Thursday as he led the Cavaliers into a third straight NBA Finals - fueling comparisons to six-time NBA champion Jordan.

It has the potential to be epic, even if Vegas has the Warriors installed as the heaviest Finals favourite of the modern era.

This Cavs team became the third squad in National Basketball Association history to knock down 1,000 3-pointers during the regular season, joining last season's Warriors squad, as well as this year's Houston team.

Despite laying claim to the second-best average margin of victory in the league (+7.2 points per game), weaponized 3-point capabilities (No. 1 in team 3-point field goal percentage), and a defense created to throttle opposing offenses (No. 1 team defensive rating); the Spurs rarely won a quarter by 15 points or more - it happened just 10 times all season. Al Horford is the only important piece on the roster over 30, and his skill set should age well over the last three years of his contract as a stretch big with great passing instincts and solid defense.

"I think what it has to do with, it has to do with the fact he's got a nice, long, fat contract with the Cavs and he realizes that he can finally afford to pay me the money that he owes me for the shooting game back in 2000 or whenever it was", Brown said with a grin.

James needed more games to rack up his 5,995 career playoff points, 212 to Jordan's 179. There's really no way to avoid that, and Boston will have to make tough decisions with both when that time comes based on how next season plays out. He was just 21 in his first playoff game, but was well-prepared at that point to lead his teams on lengthy runs, whereas Jordan didn't get his Bulls out of the first round until he was 25. Those guys are going to challenge me, they're going to challenge our ballclub. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Durant didn't seem to miss a beat in the one-sided series. Just getting to that point, you know how hard it is and how much work you put in to start the season. "You've got one guy with 12 years, first Finals appearance, and another guy 14". However, if you take the long-term organizational view it's far easier to understand why the Celtics should be extremely careful before mortgaging their future to improve their title odds today.

Thanks to that trio, the Cavs are now headed to their third consecutive Finals trip after dismantling the Celtics in five games to win the East.

"We're definitely disappointed. I felt like if we weren't, it would be a problem", Bradley said.

"So maybe there's just not an understanding of what you're watching". "Anything Danny and this organization need me to do to help bring even more talent to this city, I'm all for that".

"I don't care who you're playing, to make it to the NBA Finals, to win your conference finals, it's a big task", Brown said. He can also rely on star guard Kyrie Irving to step up and for more strong play from Kevin Love, who has experienced a resurgence this season.

LeBron James was once among thousands of youngsters striving to "be like Mike", but the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar never dreamed he'd be mentioned in the same breath as Chicago Bulls icon Michael Jordan as one of basketball's greatest. For the first time in his 14-year career - more than 1,200 games played in the regular season and playoffs combined - James picked up four first-half fouls, sending him to the bench midway through the second quarter with the Cavs down double digits.

"I don't like Golden State", Kanter told Fox Sports Radio. It doesn't matter to me. I had to get used to that. "It's too stressful, and I'm not stressed right now".

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