Pretty damn screwed.
When LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010, it crushed that franchise. But fortune and one killer trade helped the Cavaliers quickly amass some assets, enough to make a 2014 return to Cleveland for LeBron alluring.
We have that and more in Monday’s NBA newsletter.
One of the biggest revelations of the 2018 NBA playoffs has been that the Warriors aren’t necessarily unstoppable. The Rockets darn near stopped them cold in the West finals, and the Cavaliers almost peeled off Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Oakland.
OAKLAND — After delivering one of the greatest Finals performances of all time, LeBron James was asked to do the impossible. He had already scored 51 points and brought the Cavaliers to within seconds of pulling off a shocking upset over his arch-nemesis Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Steph Curry and Kevin Durant were brilliant, and the Warriors now control the series.
When the Golden State Warriors play well, they are virtually unbeatable. That was on full display during Sunday’s Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Golden State made their first seven shots of the game, by getting to the rim at will.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- JR Smith claims he thought the Cleveland Cavaliers were going to call timeout after he corralled an offensive rebound with less than five seconds remaining in regulation in their eventual 124-114 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
The Warriors didn’t need more points. Livingston didn’t want a turnover. What to do, what to do?
In the final seconds of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, there was a kerfuffle that almost escalated into a rhubarb. Tristan Thompson was ejected, but before he left the court, he lived the dream of millions of people, pushing a basketball into Draymond Green’s face. It was the only possible ending to a game that was so exhausting and bizarre, and it’s at least going to cost Thompson some money.
Behind 29 points from Steph Curry, Golden State narrowly took care of business
Before the NBA Finals began, there was a lot of talk about how boring the series would be. It’s the fourth installment of the Golden State Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors are too dominant, yada, yada, yada.
The excitement isn’t really there for general NBA fans on a fourth consecutive Cavs-Warriors Finals. But it can still be enjoyed.
It may as well have been scheduled — the NBA Finals we saw coming as soon last year’s ended is here, and many people could not be less enthused about it. But it’s also OK to enjoy this Finals matchup for what it is.