If both teams stay healthy, Golden State's going to win.
Just the night before Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals, Nike released a new commercial showing a young LeBron James getting his famous "Chosen 1" tattoo. It's the only time in any of the four major sports that the same two teams have squared off for the title four straight times.
Hey, while we're at it, maybe San Antonio would've knocked off the champs a year ago in the Western Conference finals if not for Zaza Pachulia sliding under Kawhi Leonard's bum ankle in Game 1. The series also comes with it the possibility of this being James' final one with the Cavaliers as the Lakers, 76ers and Rockets are circling as potential free-agent suitors.
James never counted out Golden State.
"The evaluation indicated Iguodala is making progress", the statement said.
Prior to Game 7 of the conference finals on Sunday, Love told ESPN that he would not miss Game 1 of the Finals should the Cavs advance, however, that decision is out of his hands as the Cavs' medical staff has to clear him, under the direction of league-approved standards for concussion recovery.
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The guys look for someone to step up in Houston, or if we're ready for the fourth installment of the Warriors and Cavs. He left the Garden looking downtrodden after shooting just 5-for-18 and 3-for-12 on 3-pointers, but he'll be back.
Golden State has outscored its opponents by a ridiculous 130 points in the third quarter in these playoffs - an average of 7.6 points a game - and was even better against the Houston Rockets, with a 67-point advantage over seven games.
"With that being said", Jackson continued, "I think we are not giving the Cavs and [Coach] Ty Lue, LeBron James and the supporting cast enough credit".
Aside from the repetition, there is a fear that this series will be one-sided with the defending-champion Warriors significant favorites over LeBron James, who comes in with his least-respected Cavaliers squad.
Randall got a bit of a roasting from recently retired Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who joked that he'd match the offer with game-worn Steph Curry jerseys for his followers should the Warriors prevail.
"If they get blown out both games, it doesn't matter what we say". He's taller, he's a better defender, and his offensive game is more well-rounded.
This should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched basketball this season. "I think it's very humbling that cities and organizations want me to play for them, especially at this point and juncture in my career".