Not that anyone expected any different.
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are back in Oakland at the scene of their Game 7 victory last June to take on Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in this year's highly anticipated NBA Finals.
He is always surprising to those of us who met him when he was in high school, in the expansion of his game, the persistence of his hunger, the scope of his dominance, and the breadth, depth and eloquence of his social conscience. Many questioned Durant's competitiveness after he joined one of the best teams in the National Basketball Association. So even more reason many of you will be watching.
"I don't like to be satisfied too much", James said.
Before I get into individual reasons, here's why the Cavs will in the title in the short. "And hopefully I give them enough life skills throughout their journey where, when they're ready to fly, they can fly on their own". "My only motivation is to be able to compete for a championship every single year".
That series turned when Green was suspended for Game 5 and James and Kyrie Irving took over from there. It's how that talent has been woven into two dynamic teams that owe their success as much to sharing the ball, moving on offense and prioritizing the unglamorous act of playing defense. "At the end of the day they're safe, and that's the most important".
"Since I've been in this league, it's hard to get to the playoffs, let alone march all the way to the finals", guard Iman Shumpert said.
This week, NY hip-hop artists DJ Kay Slay and Pete Rock trolled the Cavs' NBA Finals opponent Golden State Warriors. As LeBron James tried to recover, he slipped to the ground, providing a clear path for Durant. If anyone learned that humiliating lesson a year ago, it's Golden State.
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James said his wife and mother would speak to the children about the incident after school, and that he planned to connect via FaceTime.
Brown does acknowledge the matchup against Cleveland is a little ironic. Unless you're talking about the new Twin Peaks, which I am totally all in on and can go DEEP on many theories.
The Cavaliers are led by forward LeBron James, who averaged 26.4 points per game during the regular season.
The Cavaliers will defend its championship if Lebron and Kyrie Irving keep up their tandem work at the same pace as they had in the second half of Game 4 against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. Stephen Curry is leading Golden State in the playoffs with 28.6 points and 5.6 assists per game while Kevin Durant has added 25.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
"I can't be home to see my boys right now", James said. "So I feel great". Kyrie Irving buries a circus-shot 3-pointer and gets fouled in the process.
But that didn't stop Golden State - after some tense moments early in the game - from controlling this game nearly from start to finish, slowly but surely extending its lead as the game progressed, taking advantage of a listless Cleveland performance defensively to land the first blow in this clash of heavyweights between two teams meeting in the finals for the third consecutive season.
Let's slow down before we get too far ahead of ourselves: past year, the Warriors won Games 1 and 2 by a combined 48 points before losing in Game 7.
What is Dubs\Cavs 3.0?
Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 135-102 victor as they battled the Celtics on the road. In all, 11 players in the series have been All-Stars in their careers, tying the 1983 Finals between Philadelphia and the Lakers for the most in National Basketball Association history.
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