Monster mash: LeBron James undaunted by beastly Warriors
May 30 2017 by Dustin Murphy
I believe that we will find out this week, as James is set to face one of the most loaded National Basketball Association rosters ever compiled. "We're trying to repeat, which is so hard to do".
"We're not going to use that as motivation", Lue said.
"For my name to come up in the discussion with the greatest basketball player of all time, it's like, 'Wow.' I wanted to be Mike, so for my name to come up in any discussion with Michael Jordan or Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] or all these guys that's paved the ways for Tristan [Thompson] and Kevin [Love], myself and Swish [Smith], it's a wow factor". I think my messaging is important and we've found the right balance between, OK, I'll help out here but I'm not going to be on the sidelines during the game and Mike and the rest of the staff have done a great job.
"I feel good about our chances", James said.
"I'm OK. I'm all right".
He has the potential to single-handedly take over-and win-playoff games, as we saw in Game 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals previous year. I've already done so much more than anybody ever gave me credit of doing or thought I can do, so there's no reason to get too high or too low'. This version of the Warriors is even scarier than previous ones as Kevin Durant is now playing with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are once again set to play for the NBA Championship, but the result of this upcoming series could have ripple effects that go into the summer and may even eventually affect the New York Knicks. He has to win Finals MVP and prove that he is the best player in the series. Durant better hope he doesn't replicate what James did in the 2011 Finals, or else he'll be the new laughing-stock of the league. James didn't speak to reporters on Saturday either, leaving Love to serve as the team's unofficial spokesman as the sports world inched closer to a matchup that seemed destined from the moment last season's Finals ended.
After the Cavs captured the Eastern Conference title Thursday in Boston, forward Richard Jefferson said "barring injury or something cataclysmic", the Cavs expected to meet the Warriors in the Finals. "Tough and speaks out, says what he really wants". Conventional wisdom said they would not win that series and he just went out there and dominated.
In the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, the 27-year-old put up just 11 points on 32.7 percent shooting from the field with a mark of 36.8 percent from three-point land.
After the last two Finals, we know what's coming. It's simple for Golden State, we know KD and Steph will show up, but everyone on the team has to be at their best in the Finals because Cleveland certainly will be. LeBron averaged almost a triple-double while limiting Durant to only two assists per game. When Curry is hitting on all cylinders, the Warriors are virtually impossible to beat and his scoring average of 28.6 outclasses Irving in the playoffs.
James said he has competed against such stacked rosters before.
This challenge is more than just "up there" for James.
"It's a great thing for the league", Green said.
If you somehow missed last year's series, I highly suggest you watch the NBA'smini-movie on the historical and entertaining series to get you excited for this year's finals. That's enough motivation alone.
Whether the addition of Durant to the Warriors is motivating James, he doesn't care that bookmakers in Las Vegas have installed the Cavs as big underdogs.