Cavaliers’ Finals date with Warriors doesn’t look so hot

Checking the "CLEVELAND CAVALIERS" or the "GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS" will restore the visualization to its default view. They afforded Durant a shot at individual revenge for a 2012 championship showdown in which James led Miami to a 4-1 triumph over Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder.

Maybe Boston would've ended James' streak of NBA Finals if not the absences of Irving and Gordon Hayward. That's how good James remains at 33, as he proved while averaging 34 points, 9.2 rebounds and 8.8 assists in the Eastern Conference play-offs.

The spokesman said there is a chance Love completes additional steps to advance through the protocol on Wednesday.

Golden State might feel it, but it's not visible. They beat the Cavaliers both times they met in the 2017-18 regular season - 99-92 on Christmas Day in Oakland and 118-108 at Quicken Loans Arena on Martin Luther King Day. "So we're going to tell the same stories about James and [Kevin] Durant and [Stephen] Curry that some may just be hearing for the first times and others may be sick of hearing". Their head coach is the one who kind of puts it all together, makes it all flow. Not only have no N.B.A. teams ever accomplished such a feat, but neither has a pair of teams in any of the other major American sports leagues.

"Even if you start back to the summertime where I felt like it was just bad for our franchise just to be able to trade away our superstar point guard", James said.

The Warriors held out hope Iguodala would return for Game 2 on Sunday. Only the Indiana Pacers, Cleveland's first-round opponent, has seen less possessions in their playoff games than the Cavs. The winning team in these NBA Finals will get $1,194,949 more in bonus money than the losing team in this matchup. But in the playoffs, Cleveland used consecutive wins in Canada to begin a shockingly easy four-game sweep in the Eastern semifinals.

The Houston Rockets became the latest victims of this as the defending champions blitzed them in the third period on multiple occasions in the Western Conference Finals. He has lost two of the three match-ups he's had against Golden State in the Finals, and the lone win came in large part due to Kyrie Irving having an incredible series in 2016.

A Cavs spokesman told ESPN that Love has made progress through the protocol process after entering it four days ago, a effect of a head-to-head collision with Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.

  • Stacy Allen