Following the Cleveland Cavaliers' crushing loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals that resulted in a sweep, there had become a widespread report that LeBron James was dealing with a broken left hand.
LeBron stays, and the Cavs inject youth LeBron stays, and the Cavs add another star LeBron leaves, and the Cavs try to contend This scenario addresses of what could unfold if James leaves and the Cavaliers launch a full rebuild. The end of the series, season and maybe his second stint in Cleveland, are near. The game and the series itself lacked the competitive nature most had hoped for.
The Warriors could very well have been celebrating their fourth consecutive title had they not done the unthinkable in 2016 when, after a record-setting 73-win regular season, they became the first team to squander a 3-1 lead in the Finals. And may be for a while.
"It's humbling to be on the 20 anniversary cover of a game I've played and loved since I was a little kid", said James. Durant said. "We won two championships". How has all of this affected Kevin Durant's controversial legacy?
"To be the best player in the world and to give everything you've got in your 15th season, play all 82 games, probably one of the greatest playoff runs that we'll ever see from an individual, to carry this team the way he did all season and leading by example, it's just a testament to his character and who he is as a person and as a player", Lue gushed of James. So you have that crew.
And they are having more than their share of fun along the way.
Regardless of what LeBron James decides about his future, Kevin Love wants to remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers going forward.
Dragging these Cavaliers through the Eastern Conference playoffs and returning to the NBA Finals for an eighth straight time - something no one has done since Bill Russell dominated the NBA in the 1960s - ranks as one of James's greatest accomplishments.More news: Added Sugar Consumption In Toddlers Is On The Rise In The US
To this point, 131 have tried, and 131 have failed. "So what do we have to do?"
"We have a soft cap system", the commissioner said.
The men from the Bay Area have had no answer for the four-time MVP and although they managed to sweep his Cavs team this year, Kerr still recognises his dominance on the floor.
Those were today's relevant questions.
James is headed toward free agency and then where: Los Angeles?
In the Cleveland-Akron-Canton market, the Finals ratings norm of 32.3 was down 7.1% from an average of 34.7 in 2017, and was considerably lower than the respective 2015 and '16 averages of 43.7 and 38.8. That's why, in his 15th National Basketball Association season, he was as dominant as ever.
He can't be guarded now - and he wants to keep growing.
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It was the Warriors third NBA title in four straight NBA Finals - all against Cleveland.
The Warriors prevailed in overtime in Game 1, 124-14; Game 2, 122-103; Game 3, 110-102; and Game 4, 108-85.
James said his decision to bolt from the Cavs the first time was simple. And at this early stage in the offseason, it's too soon to know what names would even be available to the Cavs.
Still, the air of inevitability that came with this championship made for a different feeling than, say, how the Washington Capitals celebrated winning the Stanley Cup the previous night.
"So now everyone is trying to figure that out", he said.
A team that appears to be in the early stages of a dynasty, Golden State was ferocious on defense and seamlessly smooth on offense. That's what GMs and presidents and certain players, it's not every player. "I have no idea how that'll play out".
The Warriors buried the Cavaliers in the third quarter, holding them to 13 points on 4-for-17 shooting. Not many teams are in position to even think about knocking the Warriors off their perch.
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