Sunday, 17 February, 2019

Underdog Cavs insist they have plenty of bite for Finals

Associated Press
Le Bron James drives to the basket as Celtics center Kelly Olynyk lands on the court during Thursday's game Associated Press Le Bron James drives to the basket as Celtics center Kelly Olynyk lands on the court during Thursday's game
Isaac Mcdaniel | 02 June, 2017, 10:42

The other 28 teams in the National Basketball Association aren't remotely competitive with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are good at home as well, but they don't have LeBron James, who will ultimately be too much for KD and the Warriors yet again.

The Warriors are stomach-churning scary. No team in the West has been able to contain their high-paced juggernaut thus far, as they have yet to lose in the postseason. After all, he has slayed behemoths before. The offseason addition of Kevin Durant made the Warriors look better while the Cavs 51-31 regular season record made them look weaker than past year.

"It's probably up there", he said.

And then, nearly as if he was trying to remind himself that he's got three championship rings and is frightful in his own right, James recalled other fearsome postseason opponents - San Antonio and Boston.

I asked Brown what Kerr's report was: "Just feeling like they could've played better in general", Brown said, with emphasis on some sloppy turnovers. "And if you add Pop (coach Gregg Popovich) in there, that's five Hall of Famers. It's going to be a good challenge". Taking time to decompress and enjoy a night with Future sounds like a great idea to me.

"This is a high-powered team". James stayed with Cleveland until 2010, where he chose to "take his talents to South Beach" by going to the Miami Heat. "I always like to stay even-keeled and just play the game the right way". I'm very happy about our accomplishment.

The Cleveland regulars were 16 of 33 from behind the arc through three quarters-after the Cavs went 19 of 39 on treys in a 44-point win in Game 2.

Golden State led the league with 67 wins this season and is a staggering 27-1 in its last 28 games - including a ideal 12-0 in the Western Conference playoffs, the first time a team has gone this deep into an National Basketball Association postseason without losing.

"With this team, the center position is one that we're looking for", he said.

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The edited version of Durant's colorful response to the fan: Prepare to be swept.

Durant, who previously faced James in the 2012 Finals with Oklahoma City, has taken a great team and elevated it to a almost unstoppable level.

The Warriors are using Durant the way he envisioned, but Lue has noticed changes in the All-Star.

"If you have half a brain, you put things in perspective", Popovich said. Teams have figured out that once you get take the ball of out Isaiah Thomas' this Celtics team struggles to create much of anything.

"As of right now I would not coach Thursday night".

"We're more versatile offensively, more versatile defensively", Lue said. Actually, it doesn't even keep you in the NFL. He is about to go to his seventh straight NBA Finals and has already proven that he is the best in the world.

This one is the tiebreaker, after the Warriors won two years ago and the Cavaliers knocked off Golden State last June. But we'll be a better team next year, and we will make sure that we put ourselves in a great position to make the Eastern Conference Finals and give ourselves a better chance at making the championship.

James isn't anxious about point spreads or any odds. The previous year a younger Miami team came close, carving out a 2-1 series lead before collapsing, as it was those old fogies in Dallas who came away with the title - another veteran team winning the whole thing.

Maybe James has nothing to fear. Those guys are going to challenge me, they're going to challenge our ballclub ...[Durant's] one of the most risky guys we have in the world already.


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