He wanted to hug his children and wife back home in OH and talk to his two boys directly about racism after a racial slur was spray painted on the front gate to his house in Los Angeles. If you are old enough to remember, it felt like Larry Bird and Magic Johnson played in practically every Finals in the 1980s. The 82-point effort from these two kicked off the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history. Warriors vs. Cavaliers Part III.
As he and the Cavaliers got ready to face the Warriors in Game 1 on Thursday night, James was handling a topic normally discussed in other forums. Each team is still stacked with numerous same great players from the last two seasons, but the Warriors have one big change from the last time these two teams met in the Finals: Kevin Durant. Might that push for history have worn them down a bit come the postseason?
Mike Brown expects to coach the Golden State Warriors as planned in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
The leading men, of course, are Kevin Durant and Steph Curry for Golden State and LeBron James for Cleveland. It was 37.6 percent to 34.0 percent for the Cavaliers in their wins, 42.7 percent to 26.1 percent for the Warriors in the Golden State wins.
So here we are again. "I got a promotion when I got to the 30s".
Bryce Harper, Hunter Strickland trade punches in Washington Nationals' 3-0 win
In their first matchup since the 2014 postseason, Hunter Strickland hit Bryce Harper , setting off a epic fight Monday afternoon. You don't want to make a mistake there. "I didn't expect that, but it's part of the game that's what he made a decision to do".
The Warriors finished the regular season with the best record in the league 67-15. Cleveland got revenge last season, defeating Stephen Curry and a potent Golden State squad in seven games to even the series. Don't be surprised if he ends the series with more rebounds in less minutes than Love.
The Warriors are 12-0 in the playoffs and have won 27 of their last 28 overall. This year's team was plus-11.6 and had a rating of 12.1. "You've just got to try and make it tough on them", Durant said. Who do you think will win the NBA Finals this year?
Curry started wearing the black sleeve in Game 4 of the Western Conference final after a fall the previous game led to a flare up of bursitis. In these playoffs, James has passed Michael Jordan, the one player he is most compared to, for the most postseason points ever. And that might be just the opening Curry needs to shine brightest again on the big stage after the struggles a year ago, when he shot just 40 percent in the Finals and had more turnovers (30) than assists (26). The Cavaliers are 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games as an underdog of 7.0 or fewer points.
Kerr had said on Monday his status remained "up in the air" but that he expected a final decision to be made shortly after Game 1, if not before. The Warriors come in averaging in 118 points per game, while the Cavs have averaged 115 points per game through the playoffs.
Things turned south for Golden State when their heart and soul Draymond Green was suspended from game five for receiving a flagrant one technical foul after a scuffle with James. However, this is a situation that Cleveland has found themselves in before, specifically past year. Aside from Game 1 against the Spurs, the Warriors began the fourth quarter of their first playoff game this season tied with the Portland Trail Blazers.