The Finals begin on June 1st, with two games in Oakland, before the series moves to Cleveland. LeBron will have a hard time driving and finishing when JaVale McGee is in the game - certainly more hard than anything he's faced in these playoffs.
"Somebody asked me, 'Is going to the Finals three times muted because of what's going on?' Of course it is", Myers said.
"Honestly, I don't really care who we play", Lacob said, per The Mercury News, after the Warriors swept the Spurs. Green hit LeBron in the groin, was suspended for Game 5 and Klay Thompson said postgame that, "I guess [LeBron's] feelings got hurt". More importantly, I think he'll play like it from the start this year (or at least he better), whereas last year he waited until the Cavs' backs were against the wall to really put his foot on the gas.
"If something changes and he feels better, I'll sit here or, better - he would sit here - and tell you. It's cute." ... The Cavaliers' 43 points in the first quarter made them the first playoff team since the 1990 Celtics with three 40-point quarters against the same team.
For the third straight year they'll face the Warriors for the crown.
This year, analysts have been hard-pressed to predict what a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals would like, considering the lack of parity in both conferences - the Cavs were an Avery Bradley 3-pointer away from sweeping the first three rounds of the playoffs like Golden State - and the Warriors' addition of Kevin Durant. "As well as we played tonight, we've got a couple of things we can do better".
The combined 93 points produced by Irving, James and Love are the most they have amassed as a group and the second highest for a trio in team play-off history. Last season, his team even let the Raptors come all the way back and make it a 2-2 series against the Cavs before he buried them.
"So when you have a team like that, you're going to miss the guys that aren't back, whoever that may be". Don't be surprised if Cleveland takes this the distance again, but Golden State just has too much incredible talent on its roster.
"It was one of those games we had to fight through and we had to earn it", he said.
It was a very welcomed sight in Irving's case, after he rolled his left ankle in the third quarter of Cleveland's Game 4 win. Before the playoffs began, the Celtics were 22-5 at home since January 1. It's not about wanting to establish himself as the NBA's greatest player.
James did not address the media Monday, hours after one of the worst postseason games of his career, an 11-point, six-turnover, head-scratching atrocity in a 111-108 loss to the Boston Celtics that - for the time being - has made the Eastern Conference finals interesting.