Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Vegas picking Golden State Warriors as favorite over Cleveland Cavaliers

"I'll take LeBron James, absolutely", said Laimbeer on The Rematch podcast."You can't double-team, he's too big, he powers through everything".

With a three-pointer with 2:40 left in the third quarter James, 32, surpassed Jordan's 5,987 playoff points.

"We need the best possible player that's gonna help us win, and I'm with that", Thomas said, via ESPN. "I mean, the goals that they set, they were definitely challenging for us, and it made the league turn for a little bit, just 1 versus 2, 2, 1, who was going to get first place and who was actually ready for the playoffs".

Kevin Love managed another quiet double-double, collecting 15 points and 11 boards, while also making an impact on defense with four steals. I expect the same kind of treatment for the Cavaliers and Warriors down the line, and we are in the middle of it.

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"D. Will was great". He said at the morning shootaround that the Cavs had to stick to the game plan against a Celtics team that showed the fight the Cavs expected. "That's what you get with a veteran like that".

I've got a buddy who lives in California where he has to deal with thousands of Golden State fans - i.e., true fans of the team and bandwagoners alike. "Me personally, I didn't have it...that's what I have to say about my performance".LeBron James was whistled for his fourth foul with almost seven minutes left in the first half Tuesday, sending him to the bench early in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.Kevin Love added 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Cavs, now 11-1 in the postseason. Two baskets by James ballooned the lead to 25 with 6:39 left in the third quarter. James scored 35 points in that game, including this 3-pointer.

Avery Bradley led Boston with 23 points.

Boston Celtics bench looks on from the sidelines. By the time halftime had arrived, the Cavs held a 75-57 lead and again kept up the heat on defense by forcing six turnovers.

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After the game, James told reporters that he was honored to pass Jordan, who was his childhood idol. The Finals begin on June 1st, with two games in Oakland, before the series moves to Cleveland.

Thomas said he never doubted that coach Brad Stevens and general manager Danny Ainge were more concerned about his future than getting him back into the game. By the time the period had ended, the Cavs held a 109-74 advantage, turning the final quarter into garbage time. That's what separates this Warriors-Cavaliers Finals; one team hailing from the east and the other one from the west, the victor takes home the trophy. "It was 1 vs. 2", Irving said.

"I don't have to score to make an impact on a game and that was my mindset when I started playing, if I'm not scoring how can I still make an impact on the game?"

The 135 points marked the most points ever by the Cavaliers in a postseason game and they also established a new benchmark in National Basketball Association history, notching their 13th consecutive win in a close-out game. "This is a big step for us, especially with all the adversity we face during the year".

When James takes the court June 1 in Oakland, Calif., he will be appearing in his seventh straight Finals while seeking his fourth title. Had the game not gotten out of hand in the first half, James might have played the fourth quarter and recorded his 18th playoff triple-double, which would be second all-time to Magic Johnson.

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You add in their defensive tenacity and commitment, and they are one of the best defensive teams in the league right now... Cavaliers: James has scored 30 or more points in 11 of Cleveland's 13 games this postseason.

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