Wednesday, 12 December, 2018


LeBron James: Chasing Michael Jordan a 'Personal Goal'

Noah Ferguson | 30 May, 2017, 08:04

I will provide commentary on why these playoffs have been historic despite not being the most entertaining series. "We knew they'd be right there".

Riley: Cleveland doesn't possess that fourth All-Star like Golden State does, but you can nearly count James as two superstars in one because of the flexibility he brings to the Cavs.

So the Cavaliers shouldn't be bothered much by playing on the road, especially given how they won Game 5 and Game 7 in Golden State a year ago and given how they drubbed the Celtics by 13, 44 and 33 points in Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals.

"He just never had the opportunity because of the team at that point in time".

Kevin Durant has had a smooth ride thus far in his first postseason with the Golden State Warriors, but the NBA Finals are going to be the true test as to whether or not Durant will still have critics next season. They just manhandled the San Antonio Spurs who's coach is one of the greatest coaches in National Basketball Association history.

That would be too easy, too predictable.

“I feel good about our chances, ” he said. Durant will score his points, but his volume only minimizes Klay Thompson's input and Draymond Green's offensive involvement. This team is just not fair.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Moments after the Eastern Conference championship banner was raised by the Cavaliers for the third straight time and the obligatory postgame interviews ended, Tyronn Lue slipped quietly away.

Want to show up your friend? If you double one of the main four players, they will pass it off to another star. The answer is 2010. That encompasses the Mavericks in 2011, the Heat in 2012 and the Cavaliers in 2016.

Korver hasn't been electric for Cleveland, contributing just 4.2 points in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics. Since Boston was without Isaiah Thomas due to a hip injury, the Cavaliers should have been able to keep the mojo going and dispatch the Celtics easily.

But Irving is looking forward to the challenge, jumping up and down and smiling when the Warriors were mentioned during the Cavs' trophy presentation Thursday. The Cavs fell 111-108 but rebounded with two straight blowout victories to advance. Despite not being included in the top three finalists for the NBA MVP award, LeBron is still widely accepted as the best basketball player on Earth, and he'll need to prove he deserves that title if the Cavs have any plans of repeating as NBA champs this year. During Game 5, James passed Jordan for the most postseason points ever, but who is better as an overall player? I believe that is all that matters.

After signing Al Horford in the offseason - the biggest free agent acquisition in the history of the NBA's most-decorated franchise - the Celtics rode him and Thomas to the No. 1 seed in the East.

Kevin Durant is essentially getting the same treatment that LeBron James got back in the 2010-11 season when he left Cleveland for South Beach. Without Isaiah the Celtics wouldn't be the first seed, they might not even be in the playoffs and they almost certainly wouldn't have battled all the way through to the Conference Finals, so in a way the team kind of owed IT the win. "In the back of my mind, I thought, 'They can't tie up the series, '" he said.

Deron Williams, who had been quiet for most of the series, also got in on the act with a series-best 14 points for Cleveland.

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