Cavs, the reigning champions, made history during the 2016 NBA Finals by rallying back from a 3-1 deficit to capture a franchise-first title. I think we will use it as fuel, we will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it?
In the history of the National Basketball Association this has never happened.
Who isn't consumed with this?
The Cavaliers, who rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Warriors in last year's finals, set an National Basketball Association record in winning their 13th straight playoff series potential closeout game. Combine two or three of the league's best and your squad is practically The Monstars. "But for me, I'm just trying to put my mark on the game and leave a legacy behind so I can inspire the next group of kids that want to play the game the right way".
The NBA Playoffs are a proving ground for players, a time to see whether their talents match up with the ability to handle the pressure of increased physicality, a higher level of intensity and meaningful moments at every point of the game. And they've added an unbelievable player in Kevin Durant this year. Tristen Thompson has learned to shoot free throws and still tosses bodies around under the rim.More news: Guentzel's late goal gives Penguins Game 1 over Predators
The two finals teams have lost just one game between them on the way to the finals, the Warriors going a ideal 12-0 in cutting a swathe through the Western Conference and the Cavs dropping just one game.
The Boston have arguably played better in Games 3 and 4 as the organization seem to have some rotations going that the Cavs have had trouble defending. "I think maybe people just fail to realize that you just have two great teams and don't appreciate that". Jordan averaged above 35 points per game in the Playoffs in five different seasons, and early in Jordan's career, each round of the Playoffs was not a best of seven series as it is today.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are one win away from a third straight Finals against the Golden State Warriors, and already, the exchange of words has started.
"I'm not in the right mind to even talk about Golden State", James said. "But it doesn't mean anything going into the next series, and we have to understand that".
Look, the only way we'll ever know which player was truly the G.O.A.T.is to have them play one-on-one in the prime of their careers. "It's a great thing". We'll go from there.