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Old 06-02-2016, 02:14 PM
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:59 AM
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Warriors took Game 1 of the Finals easily.
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Old 06-06-2016, 11:54 AM
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The Cavs got their asses kicked in Game 2.
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Yeah. I saw most of that game. I freaking missed though when the Warriors went on that big run. If I'm not mistaken the Cavs have lost by 32 points also to Golden St. in January this year. Pretty incredible how much the margin of victory has been in games 1 & 2 of these NBA Finals. It's too bad also in part because the Eastern Conference supposedly was better overall than the Western Conference in the NBA. Of course in the NBA Playoffs this year that hasn't seemed to be the case. It's interesting how different these 2 conferences are. The Blazers & Thunder at least pushed the Warriors some. Cleveland can't seem to get their feet on the ground. At least the next 2 games are in Cleveland though.
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Old 06-07-2016, 09:23 AM
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The Blazers & Thunder at least pushed the Warriors some. Cleveland can't seem to get their feet on the ground. At least the next 2 games are in Cleveland though.

That's true.

I hope they at least make it competitive.

These Finals have been boring.
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Yeah. May be they'll play Mozgov. Hope Kevin Love is available to play.

So a topic it seems going around at least on ESPN is if Magic Johnson's Lakers team from the 1980's that included Kareem, Byron, Scott, James Worthy, & Mychal Thompson among others on it would win a 7 game series vs. these Golden St. Warriors. I think they would have as good a chance as any other team would. It would be interesting to see them try to keep pace with Warriors jump shooting.

I was also listening to them talk about Allen Iverson & how he practically ''carried'' the 76ers to the NBA Finals in 2001. What gets forgotten is that the 76ers also had Dikembe Mutombo whom is in the Basketball Hall of Fame. They also had a great Head Coach in Larry Brown. as great that Allen Iverson was that was his only NBA Finals appearance.
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Ya don't say, LeBron. (video at link)

LeBron James says Game 3 of NBA Finals is 'do or die' for Cleveland Cavaliers
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CLEVELAND -- Trailing the Golden State Warriors 2-0 in the NBA Finals and dealing with uncertainty regarding Kevin Love's playing status, LeBron James projected an aura of urgency when he spoke to the media Tuesday.

"It's going to be the next man up," James said in advance of Wednesday's Game 3. "We're down 0-2, and we can't afford to look and say, 'Wow, Kev's not playing. What are we going to do?' It's next man up, because it's a must-win for us."

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was noncommittal about Love's status, sharing only that the star forward was "feeling better" after suffering a concussion in Game 2. Lue said the Cavaliers wouldn't know whether Love could play until Wednesday.


A source close to the three-time All-Star told ESPN that Love was optimistic about his chances of playing in Game 3.

"Obviously his health is very important, but in the situation we're in now, we've got to stay confident," James said. "And whoever Coach decides to give the nod to got to be ready to go, and everybody else has to step up."

Regardless of whether the Cavs have Love on Wednesday and whether they opt for some of the lineup changes that Lue admitted he has discussed internally with his coaching staff in the days since Game 2, James stressed the importance of bringing a better effort than his team did in Oakland, where Cleveland dropped the first two games by a combined 48 points.

"Obviously, it's a do-or-die game for us," James said. "We can't afford to go down 3-0 to any team, especially a team that's 73-9 in the regular season and playing the type of basketball they're playing. So it's a do-or-die game for us, and we understand that.

"So we're going to come in and give everything that we've got and leave it on the floor."

Cleveland is 7-0 on its home floor this postseason, while the Warriors are 3-4 on the road. Perhaps that's why James maintained a shred of optimism.

"I don't think it's an adverse moment, but I would say that we all can sit here and say there is no way we can go down 3-0, you know," James said. "And I'm not a big history guy, even though I love the history of the sport, but I don't like to put myself in it. But coming back home and understanding this is our home floor and we've played some really good basketball, we can't afford to go down 3-0, especially against this team.

"So it will be more adversity if we got to that point, which I don't believe we will."

The Cavs are the 32nd team in Finals history to fall down 2-0; only three of the first 31 teams to fall into such a hole went on to win the championship.

"I mean, history is something that's made to be broken, so we're not worried about being down 2-0," Lue said. "It's not over until the team wins four games, and we know that. We've just got to execute. When we get chances on the break to convert, we've got to convert. When we get open shots, we've got to take advantage of open shots. We just can't turn the basketball over like we've been doing. If they turn the ball over 20 times, which is good, in our home building, we should be fine to get out and run and play with pace.

"But we're not discouraged. They won two games, and the series is not over until you win four."

James also responded to New York Knicks president Phil Jackson's suggestion that the Cavs superstar could turn the series around much the same way Michael Jordan bailed the Chicago Bulls out of a 2-0 hole to the Knicks in the 1993 Eastern Conference finals if he "played like a man possessed."

"I mean, what does that actually mean?" James asked. "I mean, I think for me to go out and be who I am and play as true to the game and as hard as I can and try to lead this team, that's who I am. Not anybody else.

"I'm not Michael. I'm not [Muhammad] Ali. I'm not nobody else that's done so many great things for sport. I am who I am, and if I'm able to go out and put together a game like that, it wasn't because I was possessed. It's because I worked on my craft all season long, and that's the result of it. Phil's a great coach. Mike's a great player. But I am who I am."
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he's so nervous to lose it's almost funny.
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Lebron, no ish, Sherlock.

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Hope Kevin Love is available to play.
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Kevin Love got a concussion before the game. He seems so injury-prone.

I am not surprised that the Cavs blew the Warriors out. I think they wanted to make a statement. I still do not think they will win the series, though.
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We'll see. I don't think Kevin Love is injury-prone. He missed 22 games in the 2009-2010 season, 27 games in the 2011-2012 season, & 64 games in the 2012-2013 season. Other than that he's played in at leas 70 Regular season games each year. Now if you compare that to Greg Oden for example he missed 2 entire Regular Seasons while a Blazer, before they waived him. A lot of people already think the NBA season is too long & generally players are fortunate to not get injured. during these games.
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I think the playoffs drag on needlessly, and so the NBA season as a whole feels longer than it actually is.

The season should've been over by now, even with a game 7.
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I think the playoffs drag on needlessly, and so the NBA season as a whole feels longer than it actually is.

The season should've been over by now, even with a game 7.
i very much agree with you here!
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