NBA Players React to LeBron James Reaching 8th Consecutive NBA Finals

May 30, 2018, 04:31
NBA Players React to LeBron James Reaching 8th Consecutive NBA Finals

Kevin Durant is in Golden State now, Kyrie Irving isn't with the Cavaliers anymore, the benches are very different particularly in Cleveland's case.

The Rockets were understandably emotional after losing just one game shy of the NBA Finals, with Trevor Ariza, Clint Capela and P.J. Tucker in tears. Before that, head coach Steve Kerr called the first quarter one of the worst quarters of basketball that his team had played.

The two sides go head-to-head in the Finals for a fourth consecutive year and it pits two of the sport's most prolific players against one another.

Whether that's fair on the other players is another issue, but James has stoked Greatest-of-All-Time discussions once again thanks to his heroic, mind-blowing performances when it matters most.

This is the fourth time in a row these two teams have faced off in the Finals, and the last three series stand 2-1 in favor of the Warriors. That's tied for the largest point spread in a Finals game since 1991, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Again displaying his sheer will to win, James spearheaded Cleveland's comeback.

In the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron brought his teammates back from 0-2 deficit to defeat the Boston Celtics on their home court in game seven where LeBron scored or assisted on 21 of their 30 made field goals.

After the game, Harden's opponent and former Oklahoma City teammate, Kevin Durant, said the Warriors planned to tire out Harden and knew he would wear down eventually. They have less depth than years past, and James has to create everything on offense.

"Just keeping our composure was big for us the entire series", Curry said.

The NBA Finals tip off this Thursday with Game 1 at Golden State, with the Warriors listed as 12-point favorites to earn the victory in the first game of the series.

"Harden opened the game 4 of 5 from the floor but finished 12 of 29 for thegame". In the middle of the season, Cleveland essentially blew up their lineup, dumping Isaiah Thomas - the player they obtained for Irving - in a series of trades meant to make the team younger and more agile for a playoff run. You've seen that throughout the course of the playoffs this year and you've seen it the last three years, that those guys are up for the challenge.

Cleveland was only 50-32 this season. Thompson, who missed time with a severe calf injury, wasn't a factor until Lue started him in Game 7 of the in series.

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