James passes Jordan, Cavs back in Finals with 135-102 win

Sheri Evans
May 30, 2017

Even if the NBA's top two teams have steamrolled their way right to the place everybody figured they'd be when the season started all those months ago. This will be his seventh-straight NBA Finals appearance.

However, after a 112-99 comeback win in Game 4 and Thursday night's victory over the injury-riddled Celtics, the Cavs now stand at 12-1 this postseason.

You can understand that on paper, given Golden State's acquisition of Kevin Durant this offseason, but Kevin Love isn't buying it.

Now right back where we were previous year with both teams in good health, both with stellar shooters and defenders, and both feeling confident and validated by their respective Conference wins, it's fair for us as spectators to ask ourselves what the difference is and will be in these finals and what it is that one team needs to have over the other to secure the coveted National Basketball Association championship title and the backing to utter the phrase "Kiss the ring" with vindication.

John McGraw's Giants won the rematch the following year 4-0 with one tie before Ruth gave the Yankees their first title the following year to cap the first season at Yankee Stadium.

The Golden State Warriors responded to their Game 7 loss to James and the Cavs in 2016 by adding Kevin Durant to their team and although they didn't equal their record-setting 73-win regular season this year, they blew through the Western Conference and are a flawless 12-0 entering this year's Finals. "And they've added an unbelievable player in Kevin Durant this year". In each of those seasons, he was named the Finals MVP.

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While James never faced the Boston Celtics in the Finals due to the fact that they are an Eastern Conference opponent, he also mentioned them as a big obstacle. LeBron is ripping down 8 rebounds per game, and dishing out 7 assists per game. This will create a logjam at point guard with the Celtics already have Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart.

The boisterous personality did predict that the Cavaliers will make it a seven-game series, though.

It was Green who was suspended for Game 5 of last year's Finals for a swipe at James' groin - and Golden State wound up squandering a 3-1 series lead and chance at a repeat title. The remarkable numbers that James has posted against the Warriors are expected to continue, but he definitely needs his teammates to step up in a big way for the Cavs to keep a winning pace. At James' halloween party, he had some decorations making fun of the Warriors from last year's finals. Cleveland won by one on Christmas, Golden State prevailed by 35 on January 16. But the Cavs' 12-1 playoff march to the Finals showed once again that LeBron James might be the most dominant athlete in team sports today.

Well, then perhaps he should have been at the Future concert outside of Akron on Saturday night, because LeBron James and the Cavs were having plenty of fun on a night off. A sweep of the Cavaliers would push the Warriors to an unprecedented 16-0 in the postseason. I'm all help if they need it.

Then, after spending much of his free time flying cross-country to be with his family, Thomas had a tooth knocked out in Game 1 of the conference semifinals against Washington.

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