LeBron James completed his sixth straight NBA Finals last June when the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 at Oracle Arena. The Cavaliers are +200 to take a 3-0 series lead, while the Warriors are +240 to take a 3-0 series lead.
Cleveland and Golden State can now settle a great debate and that is which team has the biggest reason to complain about the finals they lost. James is playing in his seventh straight NBA Finals and eighth overall.
He was pretty darn good in 2015, when the Warriors won, but that was an injured Cavs team featuring just LBJ, with none of the star power that fills out the present roster. The Warriors will be counting on Durant to lead the charge for redemption, which will also cement Durant's legacy as an all-time great. The real question is this: which Cavs defense will show up?
For some National Basketball Association stalwarts, his legacy will forever be tarnished by joining the star-studded Warriors team but Durant has so far shrugged off his critics and focused in on himself. James has been even better, putting up 32.5 points on almost 57 per cent shooting, and adding 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game.
Golden State, on the other hand, can have its stars take turns having a big game and come out victorious.
But with fans now accustomed to seeing Golden State and Cleveland meeting on the Finals stage, ABC could be stuck with a short series lacking fresh narratives with which to hook viewers. Hey, why not? The Cavaliers have LeBron James, and no other team can make that claim.More news: Penguins take 2-0 Stanley Cup lead
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"... Being a competitor, you want to be able to help your team win and be a factor and I've gotten the opportunity and I'm blessed to do that (with the Warriors)". The Warriors host Game 5, if necessary.
"I was happy to just be there", he said.
"I've had a week off", Thompson said. And while many may be growing exhausted of seeing the same players on the game's biggest stage, there are still plenty of storylines to keep us all tuned in. Small forward Kevin Durant (25.2 average) is a new part of the mix while point guard Stephen Curry (28.6) has once again been leading the postseason charge.
With one win in the finals each, the Cavs and Dubs are looking to secure their place in history as the most dominant team of the current era.
"I'll be focused tomorrow on the game, on all the games", James said. Durant played well, averaging 30.6 points and shooting 55 percent but James came out on top. Regardless, it's going to be a fun series to watch, to say the least. "It's a decision that I would not take back at all because of what we learned from that and how we are and how we responded".
"I don't know what's in people's minds, how they label me, how they perceive me". Sometimes he may address the team, then I'll go.