LeBron undaunted by challenge of facing Warriors in Finals
LeBron undaunted by challenge of facing Warriors in Finals
30 Мая, 2017, 06:48
Never have two teams been so dominant on their respective paths to the Finals. The Cavs have lost one game so far and it largely happened because LeBron James had one of the worst games of his playoff career.
FILE - In this June 16, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) look at each other during the second half of Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals, in Cleveland. They need more than one, but it starts with this year's title - it is championship or bust for them.
DeMar DeRozan may have summed it up best earlier this month after a 51-win season for the Raptors was abruptly ended by way of a James-led sweep in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Insane as it sounds considering they've been the most dominant team in the National Basketball Association over the past three seasons, this Warriors group - led by Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson - aren't just healthy. From Christmas and Showcase games, to of course the NBA Finals. With a combined seven All-Stars, three Rookies of the Year, seven All-NBA team occupants and three former MVPs, it's no wonder why this matchup is as explosive as it is. They do something, we come back and do something.
Both teams have compared favorably with each other this postseason.
In Golden State, the time to win is now.
It's hard to imagine the National Basketball Association finals without LeBron James, partly because there have been so few without him.
It's also hard to see what exactly the future of the Warriors will be.
The Warriors have to internalize a lot of things about how to better defend Irving. Well, a lot of buzz surrounds Klay Thompson and whether or not he'll be traded or have to find a new team once his contract expires.
The pressure is going to be on Kevin Durant all series long. It's all very tentative. Durant certainly wasn't the first player to seek an instant championship through free agency. If they win, it would put his GOAT eligibility in question.
Last season's NBA Finals will always go down in the annals of the NBA. "They've been right at the top, best team in the league for three years straight now". It's a stamp of confirmation of their success. For as much as the Celtics accomplished this season, from Thomas' rise to superstardom to Al Horford's helpful fit and progress up and down the roster, they sit in the latter category for now. The Warriors and Cavs each have a title to show for it, with this year serving as a tie-breaker for fans. "They've been super-impressive", Love said.
James does believe that his these Finals, his seventh straight trip to the championship round, will have people appreciating his career no matter what the outcome. It seems as though everyone thinks his performance, numbers and drive will finally decline after every season.
The Warriors defense ranked third in the league giving up 102.0 points per game in the playoffs and the Cavs, giving up 103.2 points per game, were sixth. They, like LeBron, are chasing the ghosts of greatness at this point, and the Warriors had a Jordan record in their sights.
Staying on James, this series can easily end or propel LeBron's MJ conversation. He's about to play for the championship once again, a 7th consecutive time to be exact. On the other hand, losing his fifth Finals out of eight would tarnish his legacy to a point of where yes, he's one of the best-just not the best. Rather, it's about whether or not he'll be the difference maker in this year's series. Offensive rebounds, they kick it out to 3 and relocate. The path the two teams forged to the Finals may have been inevitable, but he sees no reason not to enjoy what comes next. That's enough motivation alone.
The Warriors enter this year's edition of the NBA Finals with a ideal 12-0 record, while the Cavs' only loss came on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the BostonCeltics. A battle of identities.
This is the rubber mach.
При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна. «» 2007 - 2021 Copyright. Автоматизированное извлечение информации сайта запрещено.
The moment was abrupt interruption of an otherwise warm and smooth welcome for Trump to the Holy Land. The U.S. has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over parts of the Old City seized in the 1967 war.
Windsor's lead only lasted 48 seconds, however, as Dylan Strome scored his seventh goal of the tournament to tie the game at one. No one really had a favourite player as the common answer was "the whole team, they're all really good".
During the post-match ceremony, a huge No. 10 jersey with Totti's name on it was unveiled at the center of the pitch. I will fold it nicely, even if I have to admit I'm not ready to say it's over and maybe I never will be.
For what he does, what he brings, it's not enough. "They care about my health, not just being a basketball player", Thomas said. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love's roles as LeBron's sidekicks will be scrutinized and reevaluated throughout the series.
A second-straight trip to the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Final Four left Penn State with a familiar feeling - disappointment. This was a spectacular season for BC's women's lacrosse program in what many expected to be a bit of a rebuilding year.
Among names being bandied around for the top job in Macron's first government, speculation mostly centered on Edouard Philippe . When Britain leaves the bloc in 2019, France will be the EU's only member with nuclear weapons and a permanent seat on the U.N.
Global aid group Save the Children expressed concern that the call for civilians to leave could expose them to additional danger. Iraqi forces announced the beginning of the final push on the last IS strongholds in Mosul Saturday.
Sofia Coppola took home the prize for best director and became the second woman to win the award in Cannes history. The prestigious Palme d'Or is to be handed out, having been chosen from a selection of 19 films in competition .
Liveauctioneers .com says the jet was owned by Elvis and his father before going to a private owner in New Mexico. It's said that the plane was "One of the first Elvis owned... he spent hundreds of thousands modifying it".
Share with Us - We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article, and smart, constructive criticism. Two other planes once owned by Elvis are on display in Graceland, the late singer's estate: Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II.
Leon spent the 2016 season in the Mexican League before signing as minor league free agent last winter. "I was actually sleeping". The third inning was his first 1-2-3 inning getting Cabrera to fly out and striking out Martinez and Upton.
Angels star Trout has torn thumb ligament, surgery possible
A year after hitting.315 with a.441 on-base percentage, 29 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 steals, Trout was off to a dynamic start. Team doctor Steve Yoon was scheduled to arrive in Anaheim later Monday night to meet with Trout and discuss his options.
Death of police officer in Lockyer Valley
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said the officer was shot "simply trying to apprehend a wanted person". After the attack Maddison fled to a farm shed near Gatton, where he's been holed up since 4pm Monday.
No action from government on Zika virus, says Ahmed Patel
The symptoms mimic that of dengue , with mild fever , skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pains and headache. In January of 2017, 111 blood samples were gathered and tested during an Antenatal Clinic surveillance at BJMC.
Mourinho: Griezmann? Ask Ed Woodward
Mourinho added: "I am really happy with our season, with the trophies, to be back into the Champions League ". United finished 24 points behind champions Chelsea, with a league-high 15 draws.
To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning
Veterans Day honors all Veterans who have served in the armed forces - Memorial Day honors people who died while in battle. Monday evening at 6 p.m., the post will offer pizza loin (tenderloin with pizza sauce and cheese) sandwiches for $5.
Cano, Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox
Price made a pair of rehab starts in Single-A Charlotte in 2013, posting an ERA of 1.23 and striking out 12 over 7 1/3 innings. To get shut out twice? At vehicle has that having Chris Sale on this staff for being a left hander like you helped to south.
Fed minutes: Officials back reducing bond holdings this year
Rupkey noted that the jobless rate is already below the 4.7 percent level that the Fed considers as signaling full employment. Economists suggested that the Fed's decision on when to raise rates again will depend heavily on how the job market fares.