June 29, 2017

LeBron undaunted by challenge of facing Warriors in Finals

29 May 2017, 10:30 | Simon Arnold

Draymond Green not bored by another Cavs-Dubs Finals matchup

Lue said that the Celtics were harder to game plan for than the Warriors

The magnitude of the challenge the Warriors present the Cavaliers in the Finals was so great, LeBron James wouldn't immediately discuss it because "it's too stressful". But Cleveland's superstar feels "very good" about the Cavaliers' chances to repeat as champions despite being tabbed major underdogs.

When the ball goes up Thursday in the Bay, James will become the seventh player in National Basketball Association history to play in at least seven straight Finals. He pointed to previous matchups against talented San Antonio and Boston teams in the postseason as great preparation for the Warriors.

Both the Cavaliers and Warriors have upgraded their rosters from a year ago, when they went seven games in an epic series that spawned the first comeback from a 3-1 deficit in Finals history and resulted in Cleveland winning its first pro sports championship since 1964.

Set for a third straight championship matchup against Golden State, the Cavs are ignoring the Las Vegas odds makers and others who don't think they have a shot at beating Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant & Co. I think we will use it as fuel.

Love was literally a non-factor during last year's NBA Finals. "And if and when we get to that point, I want to annihilate them".

But as we all know, talking doesn't mean much if the actions on the court don't match. Even LeBron James has conceded that the Warriors are "a beast" and "a juggernaut".

Monaco Have Rejected An Astronomical Real Madrid Bid For Kylian Mbappe
With a World Cup only a year away Mbappe, who has two caps for France, may well be tempted to stay at Monaco and help them defend their title.

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - No team in National Basketball Association history - not Michael Jordan's Bulls, not Bill Russell's Celtics, not Jerry West's Lakers - has won more regular season games over a three-year span than the 207 games the Warriors have won since the start of the 2014-15 regular season.

"I've played against Ray (Allen), KG (Kevin Garnett), Paul (Pierce), (Rajon) Rondo and Doc (Rivers)", James said, remembering those Celtics teams from 2008 through 2012 that beat him when he was with the Cavs but he toppled with the Miami Heat.

"Want the Warriors? Like 'Bron said in his postgame presser, they've been right at the top, best team in the league for three years straight now". "It's kind of in our minds that that's who we were going to see". Obviously, adding an MVP [Kevin Durant] to a team that already has a two-time MVP [Curry], that makes them even more impressive. All of them played on Bill Russell's Celtics' teams of the 1950s and 60s; Russell himself played in 10 consecutive Finals.

"First of all, I don't get involved in the hype", James said. It's tough to say that we didn't expect it.

"We're not going to use that as motivation", Lue said.

"I only play blackjack in Vegas anyway, so it doesn't matter", James said of the Las Vegas sportsbooks doubting the Cavs' chances. We had to earn it.' And both teams had to do the same thing.

Other News

Trending Now

35 detained in WV as part of 10-day ICE sweep
ICE officials in Southern California arrested almost 200 persons Thursday, most of whom had prior criminal convictions. Arrests were made in the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Santa Barbara.

U.S. Senate Confirms Iowa Governor as China Envoy
Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, declared Branstad "fully qualified" for the job. Branstad is someone who will represent our country well on the world stage, and we couldn't be prouder of this selection".

3 killed as bombings rock Jakarta
National police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said an initial investigation showed two suspected suicide bombers also died in the blast. A sustained crackdown weakened the most risky networks but the emergence of IS has proved a potent new rallying cry for radicals.

In Trump's private moments, it's small talk and compliments
He made these remarks in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara. The Palestinians, for their part, see it as the beginning of the occupation of East Jerusalem.

Mosul residents deny findings of US probe into Iraq strike
Prior to this investigation, the coalition said that at least 352 civilians had been killed since the campaign started. Civil defense personnel search for bodies in the rubble of a building in the Mosul al Jadidah neighborhood of Mosul.

Sebastian Bourdais Out For Season After Crash In Qualifying
Bourdais may have tried to catch the vehicle , but as the back end jumped back to the let, the rear wheels got hooked up again. Bourdais went 231.534, the fastest lap of the day Saturday, before crashing and end his run for the pole on Sunday.

In updated count, NDP lead by 101 votes in Courtenay-Comox
Elections BC has been updating its website periodically as more absentee ballots are counted in ridings across the province. Across the province, the Liberals' lead over the NDP has dropped to 2,612 votes, or 0.13 per cent of the ballots.

This Is What Is Actually Supposed To Be Remembered On Memorial Day
Memorial Day itself was born from the greatest internal conflict the United States has ever faced-the Civil War . They understand that on Memorial Day, we honor the ideas and values those soldiers stood and died for.

DJI announces the $499 Spark, a compact hand-controlled drone
The two new modes of shooting; Shallow focus and Pano mode make the whole flying experience more enjoyable and interesting too. When it comes time to land, tapping the Spark's "Return to Home" button brings the aircraft back to its departure point.

Are Analysts Bullish about DX (Group) PLC (LON:DX) after last week?
Raymond James Financial, Inc. restated a "market perform" rating on shares of BP plc in a research note on Monday, January 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 794 ($10.33), for a total transaction of £82,059.90 ($106,751.53).