NBA Finals: LeBron James not faulting Warriors for building super team

Posted June 10, 2017

They are 15-0 and will try to finish the NBA's first flawless postseason with a victory over Cleveland today in Game 4. LeBron James scored 39 points with 11 rebounds and nine assists, and Kyrie Irving added 38 points.

But that is what happened on June 7 at Quicken Loans Arena. Curry contributed 26 points and 13 rebounds.

Game 4 in Cleveland will be shown on the huge overhead scoreboard at Oracle, the seats are all tinged in gold and a huge "Strength In Numbers" banner - the team motto - is on display as well.

The NBA era of the "super team" traces back to the summer of 2010, when James bolted Cleveland to join Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami.

James and Irving weren't the issue in Game 3.

James logged 45 minutes.

The Warriors were still up three points in Game 3. Every point was very important.

And while he has been special - and this isn't to suggest that he deserves most of the blame - James' returns diminish quarter by quarter for good reason.

Ostapenko unleashed a series of impressive winners in the tiebreaker and took the set with a backhand volley.

If you include the driving layup he made at the buzzer to end the first half, he made 8 of 11 shots to get back into the game.

As for James, his brilliance was evident, yet Durant, with considerable assistance from forward Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, permitted the Warriors to blanket him with single coverage, limiting the uncontested looks for the other Cavs as they stayed connected to Irving, Smith, Kevin Love and the rest in Games 1 and 2.

"But I refused to accept that I can not play, so I think I recovered faster mentally because of the positive thinking, and I really wanted to be here". "But that's pretty taxing to go one-on-one the whole game". With Golden State leading 116-113, Cleveland had a chance to tie the score, but LeBron James turned the ball over by stepping out of bounds.

No one did that. Four of the other Golden State victories have been beatdowns.

Should the Warriors complete the sweep, it would be first sweep in the Finals since 2007, when the San Antonio Spurs also swept the Cavaliers. It's not like LeBron passed it to Tristan Thompson for a three, this is Kyle Freakin' Korver.

Williams has yet to score this series, putting extra pressure on Irving to play more minutes and be more productive. "I'm just happy with the way I celebrated my birthday", said Ostapenko after the match.

Cleveland, of course, won Game 7 at Golden State past year; the Warriors won the crown in Game 6 at Cleveland in 2015.

The Warriors are undefeated in the playoffs and have won 30 of 31 overall, prompting questions in National Basketball Association circles that Golden State has built an unstoppable superteam whose acquisition of Kevin Durant was detrimental to the league. "It is good for the game of basketball to have leagues like the NBL, the Chinese Basketball Association and the EuroLeague all operate successfully".

Hey, it's not like the Cavaliers have never beaten the Warriors in seven games, or staged an unprecedented rally to do so. They play unselfishly, play defense and are the toughest team to guard because of all their weapons and playmakers.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving nearly cringes each time he is reminded that he was born in Melbourne and lived there for two years.