LeBron James says he asked the Cavaliers not to trade Kyrie Irving

ESPN pundit Stephen A. Smith

YOUTUBEStephen A. Smith doesn't think the Cavs will win the NBA Finals

Where there were a number of Celts who were basically saying the hell with it and driving blindly into traffic versus the Bucks and launching quick, offense-busting treys at the Cavs, Golden State had to survive a mis-step by a far better player (Kevin Durant breaking plays) to go iso against Houston.

Coach Tyronn Lue said Wednesday he was hopeful Love could be cleared, and if he successfully leaped a few hurdles, which he has, he would be inserted into the starting lineup.

"I'm going to play aggressively, confidently with that right energy and motivation to help my team win", Curry said.

"I think the rest of the NBA's got to get better". Then with Kevin Durant joining Stephen Curry on one side and LeBron James leading the other, the Warriors and Cavaliers sent interest soaring as they rampaged toward the tiebreaker last season. But in the playoffs, Cleveland used consecutive wins in Canada to begin a shockingly easy four-game sweep in the Eastern semifinals.

If he does return, Igoudala will improve Golden State's defense, but won't provide much offensively, and the Cavs would do well to force him into taking shots, especially from beyond the arc, as he shot just 28% on three-pointers this season.

"And I thought in the second half - that effort just ended up wearing them down".

How They Got Here: Cleveland beat No. 5 IN 4-3, No. 1 Toronto 4-0 and No. 2 Boston 4-3 for the Eastern Conference title.

Iguodala suffered the injury in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against Houston and missed the final 4 games of the series against the Rockets.

Hey, while we're at it, maybe San Antonio would've knocked off the champs past year in the Western Conference finals if not for Zaza Pachulia sliding under Kawhi Leonard's bum ankle in Game 1.

As LeBron James adds to his incredible legacy with an eighth consecutive NBA Finals appearance, the debate resumes over whether he or Michael Jordan is the NBA's all-time greatest player. It's the first time in NBA, NFL, MLB or National Hockey League history that the same teams are meeting four straight times in the championship round, and intrigue in the teams hasn't waned yet.

"He is now listed as out for Game 1 of the NBA Finals and will be re-evaluated again prior to Game 2", the statement said.

At 33 years old, James continues to defy father time, posting some of the best numbers of his career this season. "I don't think it's up to us to try to excite people". On the Warriors, Curry is the more important player.

Golden State's most important reserve is Andre Igoudala. We want to see your fan photos and videos! "They haven't seen us", Smith said.

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