Third quarter can be pivotal for Cavaliers in NBA Finals

LeBron James carried the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals

GETTYLeBron James carried the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference final

Is anyone interested in a little fourplay? But what really left James doubting a fourth straight Finals run was his team's decision to acquiesce the trade request of All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving last summer.

Though no one appears to believe it will take almost that long.

Had they kept him, he wouldn't have played in the postseason. So, it's pretty safe to say we'll see the singer either courtside during this seven game series, or glued to her TV watching the King continue to stun dedicated fans, like herself. Which is why no matter what happens in this Finals series, the best story in sports will still be LeBron James, the G.O.A.T., in Northeast Ohio. Only six other National Basketball Association champions have been crowned via the broom, but Golden State seems poised to join that group.

"We look at Game 7, how they played Boston, the way Jeff Green played, the way George Hill kind of managed the game when he had the ball in his hands, his defensive presence as well". That's more threes than these players hit in their career: John Starks, Dennis Scott, Rasheed Wallace, Tracy McGrady, Gilbert Arenas, Allen Iverson, Scottie Pippen, Damon Jones, John Stockton, Clyde Drexler, Robert Horry, Jalen Rose and Larry Bird. All of these services have free trial periods of around one week for new subscribers, and in many markets the packages include free broadcast channels like ABC. If the Warriors want to lock in, this will be quick and relatively painless. ESPN's Dave McMenamin reported that an unnamed assistant coach wouldn't be surprised if LeBron averaged 50 (!) points per game in this series.

The other problem with which Cleveland must deal is that it, too, is missing Kyrie Irving.

Love did not return to the game and missed Cleveland's Game 7 win. They get 3s and easy baskets.

The Los Angeles Lakers were 12-point favorites over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals, which the 76ers won. The Warriors, in 17 playoff games, outscored their opponents by 130 points in the third quarter and a total of 20 points in the other three quarters combined. The narrative would change quickly if Cleveland were to steal one in Oakland and push the defending champion Warriors into a deep series. - That's one of the reasons he's always seen cheering on Cleveland. Well, the Cavs are even more anxious about what the Warriors can do to them on the fast break and with secondary offense against a defense that hasn't yet gotten into proper position.

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