LeBron set for eighth straight NBA Finals

LeBron set for eighth straight NBA Finals

LeBron set for eighth straight NBA Finals

The Warriors face the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Finals on Thursday.

"It will be interesting to see how competitive LeBron James can make this Finals, but any game they get in this Finals would be a huge upset", former National Basketball Association coach Van Gundy told a conference call on Tuesday.

Iguodala, who missed the last four games of the Western Conference final with a bone bruise in his left leg, was evaluated by team doctors on Tuesday, the Warriors said on Wednesday. "But making some progress".

The Cleveland Cavaliers booked their ticket to the NBA Finals with a 4-3 series win over the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Two decades have passed since an NBA Finals has been played in Utah, but Jazz fans still have a reason to be engaged in this year's championship.

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala, who missed the last four games of the Western Conference Finals after injuring his knee, has been ruled out for the Finals' opener.

Now, James and the Cavs and Curry and the defending champions find themselves in familiar territory, facing off in a fourth straight NBA Finals - just with far less prep time after each team played furious Game 7s on the road to get back here. I don't think the Cavaliers have a chance in this series, but no one is expecting them to be successful at all so the pressure is on the Warriors in this one. The Warriors might not even be here without Thompson's clutch performance in Game 6 of the West finals against Houston.

"I hate when people say that".




Van Gundy, for one, said he likes the idea of 1-to-16 seeding, to make it more likely that the two best teams meet in the Finals.

"But I think it is pretty remarkable when you've got a guy who is already considered one of the top few players ever to play the game, can make that much improvement late in his career". When it comes to team sports, that's something you hope you can be a part of.

The Cavs have twice been pushed to seven games, overcome injuries and gotten much-needed contributions to ease the burden on James from role players Green, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. But at the end of the day, his athleticism allows him to play some of the premier perimeter players in our league. The Warriors got the nod from 24 of 24 ESPN experts; 15 envision a five-game series and one sees a sweep.

Perhaps they can get away with that - again - in these NBA Finals.

Back home, fireworks went off in the East Bay as everyone anticipates another battle with King James.

"You've just got to stay locked in". The Cavaliers look like a great team when Hill is engaged, as he's the only quality two-way player on the roster besides James.

Golden State has outscored its opponents by a ridiculous 130 points in the third quarter in these playoffs - an average of 7.6 points a game - and was even better against the Houston Rockets, with a 67-point advantage over seven games. And if they win two - well, then we have a series where anything can happen.

James said that he and Iguodala were almost teammates but he was picked by Philadelphia 9th in the 2004 NBA Draft one spot before Cleveland would have taken him.

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