Said Van Gundy, who coached 12 seasons in the NBA and will be calling his 12th NBA Finals as an analyst: "This is the biggest difference that I remember between two teams heading into the Finals in my time in the NBA". May 29 02:17 PM The Ringer's John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to react to LeBron James's Cleveland Cavaliers advancing past the Boston Celtics to the Finals (2:33). "Anytime you're playing for a championship, that's motivation itself".

Once such an important part of Cleveland's 2016 title run, Smith's influence has diminished a bit, though he still holds down a starting role.

James Harden had 32 points as the top-seeded Rockets' bid to return to the finals for the first time since 1995 fell short without Chris Paul, who was nursing a hamstring injury. He's arguably their best option to defend that perimeter outside of James, and if he can knock down a few threes in the process, that's even better. The Celtics all but took advantage of Cleveland in the Kyrie Irving trade, leaving LeBron with arguably his worst supporting cast since 2007.

His fellow analyst, Mark Jackson, was a bit less gloomy about the Cavaliers' chances. I'm just trying to play in a way that will help us win a championship. So it will be interesting to see how competitive LeBron James can make this Finals.

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No charges have been filed against Weinstein in Los Angeles as of Friday. "I haven't come out of the shock of it yet", she said. Weinstein was released after posting $1 million bail and was fitted with a monitoring device which will track his movements.

Overall, TNT's 42 live playoff games averaged 4.9 million viewers, the network's most-watched playoffs coverage since 2011.

There are three Cavs whose play matters more than anybody. May 29 10:27 PM ESPN's Zach Lowe joins Howard to break down both game 7s of the conference finals, speculate on Houston's sustainability and reliance on "iso ball", Golden State's vulnerability, and rank LeBron James' achievements. In 2017, the Warriors took it in five games. Cleveland's perimeter defense, a unit that has scuffled, has its work cut out in this series.

All that's left is for the Cavaliers to win the series and force Browns safety Demarious Randall to make good on his offer to buy a Cavs jersey for every one of the 750,000 and counting fans who retweeted him.

On a night when Houston missed 27 straight 3-pointers and 29 of its final 30 attempts, going 7-for-44 from deep for the game - setting some inglorious National Basketball Association records - why wouldn't the Rockets start driving to the basket or at least taking a couple of dribbles before shooting? In the early numbers that's up 7% over last year's Game 1 between the winning Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators.


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