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LeBron James' talent masks potential NBA Finals issue

10 June, 2018, 00:55 | Author: Candice Daniels
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The Golden State Warriors, up 3-0 in the best of seven 2018 NBA Finals, can eliminate LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and capture the NBA championship by winning Game 4 on Friday, June 8, 2018 (6/8/18) for a sweep.

They lead Game 4 of the NBA Finals 86-65 as they try to sweep their way to a second straight championship and third in four years. Durant, off his career personal best of 43 points, added 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as he locked down the MVP award.

That almost wound up costing the Warriors dearly, as fourth-quarter collapses in both Games 4 and 5 of the Western Conference finals allowed Houston take a 3-2 lead in the series, and move Golden State to within a game of elimination. He averaged 28.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game in the series sweep.

Curry got the Warriors headed in the right direction, scoring 12 first-quarter points on 4-of-6 shooting, including a pair of threes.

Golden State outscored Cleveland 25-13 in the third quarter, the period when the Warriors either turned around or blew open so many games during their run to the NBA Finals.

With the Warriors one game away from another championship, this National Basketball Association season is as over as the biggest rap beef of 2018.

"Self-inflicted, post-game after game one".

When the Cavaliers made a flurry of mid-season trades to remake the back half of their roster, it was widely thought that the moves were an upgrade.

James wasn't making excuses for Cleveland's postseason pickle because if not for a reversed official's call or J.R. Smith's brain-lock in the closing seconds of regulation in Game 1 or Durant's brilliance in Game 3, the Cavs could be leading the series. His nine quick points sent the Warriors to a 13-3 lead.

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LeBron James has 16 points for Cleveland.

"The fact that they got here surprised me, actually, watching them during the regular season". You show up thinking that we're going to show up and win, right?

James reportedly sustained the injury when he punched a blackboard following the Cavs Game 1 meltdown.

LeBron James sat in his locker, covered by more ice than clothing and his right hand - which he injured while punching a whiteboard following the Cavaliers' devastating Game 1 loss - wrapped. In fact, scores were tied and Golden State won in overtime. "They made some mini-runs, but over the course of 48 minutes our will took over".

When three-time champion James left the game with about four minutes to play, he did so to a standing ovation from a home crowd that were chanting "M-V-P, M-V-P".

"Going into this season, I don't think anybody could have guessed or predicted the ups and downs and the roller coaster we've been on", Curry said Thursday as the Warriors prepped for the possible clincher.

Durant sees the hard work as being true to his teammates and his love for a game that took him from suburban Washington DC to worldwide stardom. "It's an unbelievable feeling to come here with a mission and get the job done", Curry said.

Dragging these Cavaliers through the Eastern Conference playoffs and returning to the NBA Finals for an eighth straight time - something no one has done since Bill Russell dominated the NBA in the 1960s - ranks as one of James's greatest accomplishments.

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