Warriors send off Rockets, face LeBron's Cavs anew in NBA Finals

30 May, 2018, 04:32 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • LeBron James won’t forget his Dan Gilbert anger

The Cavaliers dealt their star point guard, Kyrie Irving, to Boston in the offseason, and that move backfired. LeBron's teams have been underdogs (and often substantial ones) in seven of the nine Finals series they have appeared in.

But James once again had his way with the Raptors as the Wine and Gold eliminated them for the third year running and completed a second consecutive sweep. The Cavaliers have been horrendous on defense for pretty much the entire season, but this is a crafty team that seemingly knows how to flip the switch when it comes to defensive intensity. He has averaged 34 points, 9.2 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game in the playoffs.

For the first time since 1979, both the Western and Eastern Conference Finals went to game seven in the same year. "(Owner) Dan Gilbert does what it takes to win a championship, try to win a championship.

Love collided with Boston Celtics' rookie Jayson Tatum during Game 6, and was not cleared to suit up for the pivotal Game 7 over the weekend. Houston kept firing threes despite missing consistently. Third quarter barrages by the Warriors in both Games 6 and 7 did the Rockets in.

Houston missed 27 straight 3s at one point during the game.

They will now face the Golden State Warriors for the fourth straight season after they saw off the Houston Rockets and were crowned champions of the west yet again.

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But the principals are still there: James, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green.

The Western Conference finals ended up defined by a seemingly innocuous moment late in Game 5. Maybe more than the style of play is who is executing it and the Rockets just didn't have the shooters the Warriors do.

Golden State trailed by 11 at halftime after being behind at the break by 10 points in Game 6, becoming the first team to win multiple elimination games in the same series when trailing by double digits after two quarters. He missed the next night's contest and returned to the floor on March 30.

History, bragging rights and, of course, the 2018 NBA championship are all on the line once more as the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors rekindle their rivalry in the NBA Finals.

"We approach this series looking to win", coach Tyronn Lue said Tuesday, before his team left for California to get ready for Game 1 Thursday.

Ironically, as the playoffs commenced a month ago, the National Basketball Association appeared poised for a potential changing of the guard.

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