James: Warriors battles will make a nice chapter in my book

May 31, 2018, 19:26
James: Warriors battles will make a nice chapter in my book

While acknowledging LeBron James' role in getting the Cleveland Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry believes some of the criticism of Cleveland's supporting cast has gone overboard. Klay's other brother Mychel Thompson played for the Cavaliers in 2011-12. Game 1 is Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

Jeff Green filled in admirably in Love's absence, averaging 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in the Cavs' wins in Games 6 and 7 over Boston, however Lue said that should Love be cleared to play, he will return to the starting lineup.

"I was like, 'OK, I am not quite sure what we are going to do with this ballclub; we are not playing good basketball, ' but you can't sell yourself short", James told Nichols.

However, in this series when every possession will be magnified, Lue will count on four players who have been around since the Cavs first met the Warriors in the 2015 Finals.

The Warriors looked like a completely different team without Iguodala for the final four games of the Western Conference finals, as he sat out with a bone bruise in his knee.

"It's been a roller coaster", said James, who is seeking a fourth ring in his ninth finals appearance overall. "There's been everything that you can ask for". "Just because of the 18 of a possible 21 Finals games that I've played against them in the last three years, I figured out that they could make it happen".

The two times that the Cavaliers and the Warriors came face to face in the regular season, the latter won.

Film-wise, those two games are meaningless now.

There was a moment when it looked as if both Cleveland and Golden State could miss the Finals.

That won't be an issue in this series for either team. The Warriors, by some metrics, even without their best player, are still better than the Cavaliers with LeBron James.

"In recent years we've been kind of having a week off, at most, to prepare for the Finals. But we'll worry about that when we get home". King James will as always be the best player in the world and if he wins the championship there is no doubt he is the greatest of all time.

Cleveland was only 50-32 this season. "When he's playing those amount of minutes throughout the course of the regular season that gets him ready for the playoffs". Houston went 47-35 on the way to the 1995 title; to find another champion who was worse, go back to Washington in 1978 when the Bullets were a mere 44-38.

"Obviously James is going to have to be great. and they are going to have to be lights out from the three-point line to have a chance to win a game", said Van Gundy. "Everybody had their opinions on what our team was, what we would do, what we can't do, from the start".

James referenced a postgame interview with ESPN's Cassidy Hubbarth from March, when he declared he felt the best he has in his entire career, to illustrate the reason for his extended prime. "We know what we have here and what we're trying to do".

Same goes for the Warriors.

Now with James entering what may be his last season with the Cavs, they may be able to pull off what seems improbable. "But to get to this point again, we earned it". "Believe it or not, it's not all success with the Warriors".

And now it's time for one of these teams to earn a title.

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