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James wasn't making excuses for Cleveland's postseason pickle because if not for a reversed official's call or J.R. Smith's brain-lock in the closing seconds of regulation in Game 1 or Durant's brilliance in Game 3, the Cavs could be leading the series.

"Pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand", James said.

The Golden State Warriors became the NBA's first back-to-back champion since 2013 as they claimed their third title in four years. There will be no parade for him this year, no ring, no banner ceremony. The Pacers forced James to play harder longer than he ever intended.

"I have no idea at this point", James said after the game.

This ending - a loss - was inevitable: For as good as James was this season, his Cavaliers were not good enough. Some team may eventually could break the drought, but Cleveland's chances appear remote against a Golden State team that hasn't lost four straight since March 2013.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers sits on the floor after defeating the Boston Celtics 87-79 in Game Seven of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the 2018 NBA Finals at TD Garden on May 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.

They wrapped up the series easily as they claimed a 108-85 victory at Quicken Loans Arena to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy for the third time in four years. Perhaps that's the best way to remember these Warriors.

The Warriors are smarter.

James scored 23 points in Game 4. The Cavs led briefly in the first half, but it was over shortly after halftime.

As he checked out for the final time with about 4 minutes remaining, Bron noticeably gave players pounds with only his left hand. "That's what it is", James said. He fights and competes to the end.

"If you can get healthy and guys are playing at the right level at the same time, then you can feel like you can beat anybody". In this series, it was James, Love and a group of role players trying to do the unthinkable.

A disappointed James is widely expected to leave the Cavaliers this summer, for the second time.

It was the team's majority team owner Joe Lacob himself who confirmed this report, and he even went on to guarantee that a deal would be put in place sooner rather than later.

Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Friday games. He could go to Philadelphia and join an up-and-coming team, albeit one now dealing with front-office questions after the resignation of Bryan Colangelo in a Twitter-use scandal. Tonight, he addressed why he returned in 2014.

Thing is, there's no obvious choice.

It's hard to put it in a full, proper context and perspective in the moment, but I will say this: this Warriors-Cavs rivalry is one of the best in the history of the National Basketball Association, the modern era of professional sports, and perhaps the full spectrum of sport. He feared it would cause his Warriors to underachieve - which, for them, was anything short of another championship. Houston may seem like the move, though it's anyone's guess how a James-Chris Paul-James Harden trio would work.

The only real debate coming into the series was around who would win the Finals MVP.

The teams James has been linked to most often if he leaves the Cavaliers are the Lakers, Rockets, 76ers and Spurs.


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