Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

'Pleading From Family' Is Only Thing That Could Keep LeBron on Cavs

Smith mistake 'Pleading From Family' Is Only Thing That Could Keep LeBron on Cavs
Kristopher Love | 09 June, 2018, 09:57

Get out the broom, because the Golden State Warriors just swept the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA Championship! This time a year ago, Cleveland played an almost-perfect offensive game to win Game 4 and extend the series for a "gentlemen's sweep" in five.

The Warriors were able to take the Cavaliers' best punch in the first half, keeping the game well into striking distance, dealing their usual counterpunch in the third quarter, gaining an eight-point differential, which they would ride onto the end of regulation.

Dejounte Murray of the San Antonio Spurs doesn't really have his own interactions with James to make his recruitment a bit ironic, but his team is 2-1 against James in the Finals during his career, although all of those wins also came with Tim Duncan on the roster. And with less than a minute left, the fate of the game-and the series-hung in the balance of a few late possessions.

LeBron James runs into an extended metaphor Friday against Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on in Cleveland.

James, 33, is the oldest finals leader in points and minutes, having struck for 51 points in the opener, the fifth-best game total in finals history. Should the Warriors sweep, Curry would seemingly need to have a huge outburst, combined with a slow night for Durant, if he wants to win the award for the first time. After outscoring opponents in that period by 199 during the regular season and 141 to that point in the playoffs, they beat the Cavs 25-13 Friday night, ending it up 86-65. Kevin Love had his third-straight impressive offensive game, JR Smith got his groove back at home, and the recently-freed Rodney Hood provided his team with an additional offensive spark. "LeBron certainly thinks so, since he said "everybody knew" Durant was destined for greatness "... except Portland". Everyone in Cleveland seems resigned to the outcome that Golden State will win this series, and likely do it tonight. This time it was Durant's Warriors doing the sweeping.

The Warriors buried the Cavaliers in the third quarter, holding them to 13 points on 4-for-17 shooting. Players not named LeBron James were contributing, and it was a single-possession game down the stretch. The 3-0 deficit has, until now, been insurmountable in National Basketball Association playoff annals.

In Game 4, it was Durant again.

"And he goes "oh I'm good, we've only got one more game".