Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) defended by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) at Quicken Loans Arena. He can get fiery when needed. But the overall average asking price for NBA Finals games held in Cleveland is down this year, though, to $1,248, compared to $1,362 in 2016 and $1,559 in 2015.
"I'm not well enough to coach a game and I know that (because) I coached all 82 games and I did OK".
During the regular season, there were 203 instances of a healthy player sitting out of a game, according to data compiled by instreetclothes.com, a website run by certified athletic trainer Jeff Stotts that has analyzed injuries for years.
And it's not just star players on teams trying to preserve themselves for deep playoff runs that are getting the treatment. He is playing in his seventh straight finals. The key to the Cavs' efficiency is the three-ball.
"I only play blackjack in Vegas anyway, so it doesn't matter", he said. But they like to beat the star on the other team. They like to see a competitive game. We all have to play well.
The two superstars are nearly always close statistically when they play against the other, but James' teams have defeated Durant's 18 times in 23 games with both players on the court - including the 2012 Finals in which James' Miami Heat bounced Durant's Oklahoma Thunder in five games. Kerr missed the first half of the 2015-16 season due to a spinal fluid leak.More news: Doubts about Bale's fitness ahead of Champions League final
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This series could very easily go to seven games, though the Warriors will look to take advantage of the home-court advantage when they have it.
The increase in rest games seems directly correlated to the 2013-14 season, when the league lost almost 5,000 games to injury or illness. How many more people would be willing to place him over Jordan in their National Basketball Association hierarchy, though, had he completed the potential exclamation point of a barely missed, off-balance dunk over an aggressive Draymond Green in the game's closing moments? "When you're doing that, things you go over every day, end-of-game plays and things like that, either they work or they don't".
"I'm not ready to coach yet", Kerr told reporters on Monday.
James has reached a rarefied air this postseason, surpassing Michael Jordan on the career playoff scoring list while leading Cavs through an Eastern Conference that looked more overmatched than ever.
"When you're prepared and you do the best you can do and you put it out there on the floor, you've just got to live with the results", Lue said. Nike and Nike-owned Jordan Brand, together, enjoy 51% market share in U.S. athletic footwear, while Under Armour has 2.5% share, and has that much only thanks to Curry and the early success of his signature shoe line-success that has since waned as the entire basketball performance shoe category has gone cold.