LeBron facing tough task as Warriors wait

The Golden State Warriors pose with their trophy after defeating the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals Monday

If All-Star Kevin Love is cleared from his concussion in time to play, Cleveland can surround James with unsafe perimeter shooters such as Love, Kyle Korver, George Hill and JR Smith, forcing the Warriors to play James 1-on-1 - and possibly without one of their top defenders in Andre Iguodala if he can't return from his leg injury. Larry Nance Jr.is shooting 16-of-18 from the field over his last eight games and 32-of-42 in the playoffs.

James had no doubt who would win. "We know where we have to go", he said.

"Teams have had their opportunities to beat the Cavs over the last four years and teams have had opportunities to beat the Warriors over the last four years", James said.

The forward's leg injury - sustained when he collided knees with James Harden the fourth quarter of Game 3 the Western Conference Finals - kept him out of the final four games of the series, doesn't seem to be improving.

Golden State's road to the finals this year hit a rocky stretch during their conference finals against the Houston Rockets. And if they win two - well, then we have a series where anything can happen. "They've been to Game 7s". "So it definitely helps knowing the opponent, knowing, obviously, everything stops and starts with LeBron, and trying to do what we can to make things tough on him, but also take other guys out of the game".

Since the playoffs opened, Cleveland has embraced the "Whatever It Takes" mantra that began as a catchy organizational slogan and morphed into a way of survival. They find a way to play well enough to keep the games in striking distance so James can will the Cavs across the finish line, and that will be the strategy again starting Thursday at Oracle Arena. The Warriors might not even be here without Thompson's clutch performance in Game 6 of the West finals against Houston. But they still have LeBron James and Kevin Love, along with several newcomers that have steadily proven their worth.




"I know my role on my team", he said. Like it's - they're National Basketball Association players, and yeah they're new and what-not and 'Bron is incredible, [and] he played an unbelievable playoff run to date and has willed his team to his eighth straight Finals and all that, which is unbelievable to think about the consistency and the longevity and just the level of greatness that he's shown in the Eastern Conference. "I had loved him at Arizona and was hoping that he slid to us with that pick". "That's if you're lucky, you'll get to that point", James said. They rise to the occasion.

"Draymond was on my team, and he was just like, "Look, you can't do nothing about that".

If we've learned one thing about a LeBron James-led Cavs team, it's that you can't give them a window and that you should never prolong that which you think is inevitable.

Unlike the past three Finals, Lue won't have Kyrie Irving, traded to Boston last summer. And now, I mean, we're where we want to be.

Had the Celtics stuck to their simple passing game and allowed their talented though inexperienced youngsters to exploit the openings and wear out the Clevelanders, they'd still have games to play this season.

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